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Connecting people, businesses, cultures and economies


August 31, 2012


Mario Diaz (in white shirt) and Maria Fink partnering with business leaders and other key stakeholders.


Lance Lyttle (far left) and Mario Diaz (third from left) both attended the Jamaica Foundation of Houston Independence Day 50th Anniversary and Scholarship Event.

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Jarrett Simmons (second from left) and Rhonda Arnold  represented the Houston Airport System at a recent economic summit.
The Houston Airport System's (HAS) Community Relations division has been busy working toward our mission of connecting people, businesses, cultures and economies of the world to Houston. From reaching out to our international community to developing new educational experiences for our youth, HAS is on the move in the community!

Inspiring Our Youth

Last week, a group of area business leaders met with Houston's aviation director Mario C. Diaz and Maria Fink, HAS chief human performance technology officer in anticipation of newly established Aviation clubs that will be in place at the Houston Independent School District this year.

“We believe that these clubs will provide a valuable educational experience for students," says Rhonda Arnold, community relations director for HAS.  "They can and must serve as a launching pad, igniting interests in aerospace careers through studying in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics)”.

Together with key stakeholders and community leaders from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, San Jacinto College, Texas Southern University, Houston Independent School District; Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership and the Greater Houston Partnership; we will promote interest in pursuing a post secondary degree in aerospace related careers at colleges and universities with related degree disciplines.

Civic Outreach

Lance Lyttle, HAS chief operations officer and other HAS management recently participated in the Jamaica Foundation of Houston Independence Day 50th Anniversary and Scholarship Event. The Jamaica Foundation of Houston (JFH) announces its Annual Scholarship Program for exceptional college students and high school graduates in the Houston metropolitan area. The speaker for this event was the Honorable Anthony Hylton, minister of industry, investment and commerce. Other in attendance included the Honorable Omari K. Fullerton, honorary consulate of Jamaica and Mr. Colin Garvey, grandson of Jamaican Leader Marcus Garvey. Other attendees: Houston aviation director Mario C. Diaz and Mrs. Eunique Diaz, Jarrett Simmons, assistant director of aviation-planning and Rhonda Arnold, director of community relations.

Connecting with the Community

The U.S. Bilateral African Chamber of Commerce recently hosted an economic summit for a delegation from the Akwa Ibom State Government. Jarrett Simmons and Rhonda Arnold attended the summit and met with the delegation.  Simmons made a presentation during the economic summit that provided a brief familiarization and overview of the Houston Airport System. Akwa Ibom State is an oil producing state and a major tourism hub in West Africa which is located between the two major port cities of Calabar and Port Harcourt. Akwa Ibom has unlimited access to the world and has become part of Nigeria's gateway to the countries of Central Africa, like Cameroon, Gabon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea and Congo.
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