Scenic Houston’s annual dinner breaks two previous records

By Amber Elliot

Scenic Houston knows how to throw a mean fundraiser.

The streetscape planning and revitalization organization’s winning formula is simple: al fresco reception, minimal programming, and killer speeches.

This year’s chairs Julie Peak and David Hightower went above and beyond, having produced the non-profit’s highest-attended and most financially successful annual dinner with $390,000 raised.

Truthfully, late October’s near-perfect weather didn’t hurt.

Around sunset, more than 360 supporters clinked glasses on Houston Country Club grounds before heading into the tony venue’s sunken ballroom. There, Houston Public Media’s and soiree emcee Ernie Manouse encouraged presenters to keep remarks short and sweet.

“I have one important role,” said board chairman Harry Masterson. “To extend a huge thanks to our chairs and ambassadors.”

Indeed, a room full of civic leaders, including former mayors Bill White and Annise Parker, and past honorees attended the festive occasion. Just when it seemed that the evening would wrap in record time, one key figure, sitting Mayor Sylvester Turner, arrived later than expected to present honoree with an eponymous “Larry D. Johnson Day” proclamation.

“I cannot say enough about Broadway (Street),” Turner said of Scenic Houston’s latest endeavor. “It has literally transformed in our presence.”

Cheered on by family, peers, and members of his decades-long breakfast club, Johnson closed the show.

“I grew up with a love of scenery,” he shared. “Growing up in West Texas, the scenery – yes, there were tumble weeds – was a little bit different, but just as a wonderful.”

You can read the article on the Houston Chronicle website here.

 

 

 


23 Texas Cities Earn Prominent Scenic City Certification in 2016

Twenty-three Texas municipalities have been awarded Scenic City Certification through the Scenic City Certification Program, a project of Scenic Texas.   The Scenic City program supports and recognizes cities for commitment to high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and public spaces. Nine cities are now certified for the first time, and 14 are re-certifying or upgrading existing certification status, bringing the total certified cities in Texas to 66.

“Through the Scenic City Certification Program, cities access a valuable diagnostic tool,” said Anne Culver, executive vice president of Scenic Texas.  “A detailed 360° analysis of existing infrastructure standards supplies cities with a roadmap for future growth and development. We are pleased that so many municipalities applied this year for either first-time certification or re-certification.”

Cities earning first-time certification or recertification in 2016 include:

Bee Cave*

Benbrook

Buda

Cedar Hill

Cibolo*

Denton

El Campo*

Fairview

Fort Worth*

Frisco

Heath

Hutto

Mansfield

Marble Falls*

McAllen

Nolanville*

North Richland Hills

Pearland

Pharr*

Richmond*

Roanoke

Shavano Park*

Webster

*Cities earning first-time certification

Read full press release


2015 Scenic City Certification Program Awards Reception

The Scenic City Certification Program was happy to award the 2015 Certified Scenic Cities their award. Twenty (20) Texas municipalities were awarded Scenic City Certification at a reception on Thursday, September 24 in San Antonio, Texas . Seven are certified for the first time, and 13 are re-certifying their status, bringing the total certified cities in Texas to 58.

 

Anne Culver, Executive Director and Harry Masterson, Scenic Houston Board Chairman
Anne Culver, Executive Director and Harry Masterson, Scenic Houston Board Chairman

 

Claudia Williamson, PGAL
Claudia Williamson, PGAL

 

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20 Texas Cities Earn Scenic City Certification in 2015

The Scenic City Certification Program is happy to announce the 2015 Certified Scenic Cities. Twenty (20) Texas municipalities have been awarded Scenic City Certification. Seven are certified for the first time, and 13 are re-certifying their status, bringing the total certified cities in Texas to 58. Read the full press release here.

Cities earning first-time certification or re-certification in 2015 include:

Bastrop
Belton
College Station
Cuero
Georgetown
Granbury
Grapevine
Horseshoe Bay
Irving
Magnolia
Missouri City
Nassau Bay
Pflugerville
Pilot Point
Prosper
Sealy
South Padre Island
Sugar Land
Westlake
West Lake Hills

 


2015 Scenic City Webinar Recording

 

If you missed our webinar on the Scenic City Certification Program, you can now view it online. Click the link below to hear Anne Culver, President of the Scenic City Certification Program, walk through the application and answer specific questions.

 


FREE Scenic City Instructional Webinar

The Scenic City Certification Program will host a FREE webinar on Tuesday, February 24th at 10:30am CST. This is a not-to-be missed tutorial that will:

  • review the benefits of participation in the Scenic City Certification Program
  • walk through the application process
  • review timeline (2015 applications are due March 31!)
  • provide Q&A with Anne Culver, Director of the Scenic City Certification Program

Click here to register or visit:  https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=EB54DC81814B38.

Upon registration, you will receive an email with a calendar invite and instructions for login the day of the webinar.


Scenic City at TML’s 2015 Elected Officials’ Conference

The Scenic City Certification Program will be a presenter at the 2015 TML Elected Officials’ Conference. A presentation will be held at 3:15 pm on Thursday, February 12th.  Materials on the Scenic City Certification Program will be available.

For more information on the conference (February 12-14), visit: http://tmlelectedofficialsconference.org.


Scenic City Certification Program, August 2014 issue, Texas Town & City

Read our article featured in the August 2014 issue of the Texas Municipal League’s Texas Town & City publication, “Scenic City Certification Supports Economic Development and Quality of Life”.

TCC Article- August 2014


15 Texas Cities Earn Prominent Scenic City Certification

Fifteen Texas municipalities have been awarded Scenic City Certification by the Scenic City Certification Program of Scenic Texas. Ten have been certified for the first time, and five have upgraded their certification status, bringing the total certified cities in Texas to 52. Read the entire press release


Scenic City Webinar Recording Available

If you missed our webinar on the Scenic City Certification Program, you can now view it online. Click the link below to hear Anne Culver, President of the Scenic City Certification Program, review the program guidelines and answer specific questions.

View webinar: http://tml.adobeconnect.com/p5twhdpemr7/

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