ExxonMobil honored for significant contributions to Houston area education, communities, workforce development, and industry expansion
ExxonMobil was a key supporter of 2014 Houston Ship Channel Centennial celebrations
Port Bureau¡¯s Annual Maritime Dinner attracts 600 business leaders in maritime, transportation, and petrochemical industries
HOUSTON, Texas (January 8, 2015) -- The Greater Houston Port Bureau (¡°Port Bureau¡±) will recognize ExxonMobil¡¯s exemplary contributions to the Port of Houston and the surrounding region at the Port Bureau¡¯s 86th Annual Maritime Dinner on August 22, 2015, at the Bayou City Event Center.
¡°The Port Bureau Board of Directors selects a person or company that has made a lasting impact on the port region to honor at our dinner,¡± said CAPT Bill Diehl, USCG (Ret.), president of the Port Bureau. ¡°ExxonMobil contributed significantly to the port region in 2013 and 2014 through community events, educational programs, and industry expansion, adding to its long history of driving economic activity along Houston¡¯s waterfront and supporting the surrounding community. We are privileged to recognize ExxonMobil¡¯s contributions at our maritime event.¡±
Neil Chapman, president of ExxonMobil Chemical Company, welcomed ExxonMobil¡¯s selection as the Port Bureau¡¯s 2015 honoree by stating, ¡°Like the local energy and chemical industries, the Houston Ship Channel is an engine of growth, delivering benefits to the Greater Houston area, the state of Texas, and the nation as a whole. ExxonMobil is proud to be a part of this vibrant business community.¡±
ExxonMobil displayed its dedication to the community in 2014 by providing financial support and volunteer hours to the 2014 Houston Ship Channel Centennial celebrations, honoring a century of hard-working Texans and economic development along the 52-mile waterway. Celebration events included, among others, an hour-long documentary, Houston Ship Channel: Deep Water Centennial; the Centennial Family Festival at the Bayport Cruise Terminal attended by 3,000 families and community members; and a rededication ceremony on the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Houston Ship Channel.
ExxonMobil has donated $1 million to the Community College Petrochemical Initiative, a consortium of nine member schools in the Texas Gulf region that recruit and train instrument technicians, welders, pipefitters, electricians, and other skilled workers. ExxonMobil¡¯s commitment to encouraging students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers is demonstrated through the ExxonMobil Future Leaders Academy, started in 2013 to bring minority students from around the country to learn from and interview with top ExxonMobil executives in Houston; annual ¡°Introduce a Girl to Engineering¡± activities to increase interest in STEM careers among girls, part of the Girl Day Initiative by DiscoverE; and $9.7 million in corporate and employee donations in 2014 to Texas colleges and universities to encourage STEM programs. ExxonMobil, together with its employees and retirees, also contributed more than $23 million to charitable organizations in the greater Houston area in 2013.
ExxonMobil has consistently invested in the Houston region¡¯s economic growth, most recently by initiating construction of a new steam cracker in Baytown and new polyethylene facilities in nearby Mont Belvieu. The project will generate an estimated $870 million in additional regional economic activity on an annual basis, while creating thousands of construction and related jobs in surrounding Houston communities. When fully operational, the new facilities will add 350 permanent jobs at the Baytown complex.
The Port Bureau¡¯s Annual Maritime Dinner attracts more than 600 leaders from the maritime, energy, petrochemical, and transportation industries. Attendees represent every major terminal along the Houston Ship Channel, as well as shippers, carriers, pilots, tugs, and other critical nodes of the maritime supply chain. Previous honorees have included Houston business leader Ned Holmes, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, and Gulf Winds International founder Steve Stewart. Learn more about the 2015 Annual Dinner at www.txgulf.org/annualdinner.php.
About the Greater Houston Port Bureau
The Greater Houston Port Bureau is a member-driven non-profit dedicated to promoting the maritime community, providing vessel movement information, and offering member companies premier networking and advertising opportunities to drive business and further the common goals of the regional maritime industry. Learn more about the Greater Houston Port Bureau at www.txgulf.org.
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