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Flores Serves on Houston Delegation at World Petroleum Council

world petroleum congressUHD President Bill Flores traveled to Calgary, Alberta, Canada along with executives from a number of companies from the oil and gas industry to promote Houston's bid to host the 2017 World Petroleum Congress.

Despite Houston's impressive team and presentation, the London-based World Petroleum Council ultimately chose Istanbul over Houston as the host city for the 2017 Congress, which is sometimes referred to as the Olympics of the oil and gas sector because of the event's high profile in the international energy industry.

As a part of its bid, UHD and the Houston committee proposed a "legacy project," which included a number of initiatives to marshal Houston's many energy learning opportunities to address workforce needs of the industry around the world.

"I am proud to have represented Houston and the University of Houston-Downtown as a part of this remarkable effort. While we are disappointed to not bring the WPC to Houston, I am inspired by the terrific team of corporate and civic partners that delivered a world class bid," Flores said.

"Regardless of this outcome, we are committing ourselves to be the partner that the international energy industry needs in Houston, and will be working to identify those components of our proposed "legacy project" which we can still bring to life, with industry support. We are grateful to the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, and all of the corporate partners who chose to include us in making the case for our great city."