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Community Relations Division Reflects
on Busy 2012

January 15, 2013

Houston Airport System
Leland Melvin (top picture), associate director of education for NASA, was a highlight in 2012, as was the Hobby Airport Career Day headed by Rhonda Arnold (far right).
As the central source of contact with civic, business and community leaders, the Community Relations division promotes and educates the community regarding the Houston Airport System (HAS) and its economic importance to the region.

The Houston Airport System believes that a well-informed community strengthens relationships with customers and neighbors.

Partnering with inspiring leaders and life changing organizations throughout 2012, the Community Relations division with the Houston Airport System has sought to bring a positive impact to the communities surrounding the three airport facilities.

Here are a few of the highlights from the past year:

Corporate Community Relations Council (CCRC):
Our Community Relations department participated in a Corporate Community Relations Council (CCRC) Networking event that was held in December 2012. HAS Community Relations is an active member of CCRC. CCRC is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the community through corporate investments of time, skill and leadership.  Other companies represented at this event included El Paso Energy, Marathon Oil, Exxon Mobil, Vinson & Elkins,and JP Morgan Chase.

Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC):
The Houston Airport System was the host sponsor for the 2012 Economic Opportunity & Policy Forum. Rhonda Arnold, director of community relations, served as the Chair of this important business networking event that included small businesses and entrepreneurs from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico and Louisiana.

The event also brought HAS team members a chance to collaborate with inspiring individuals, such as Leland Melvin, associate director of education for NASA.

Energized for STEM Academy, Inc. Career Day at William P. Hobby Airport:
Area youth participate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related activities which prepare them for the global workplace.  AMAC Project LIFT (Leaders Inspiring Future Talent) is a forum-style mentoring session held for students (women and persons of color) interested in fields related to aviation and aviation-related business.

The objective of the forum is to expose students to potential careers, educational paths to success and provide professional mentors to further the student academic development. 
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