One of the best things about being a part of the Touchstone Energy network is that no matter where you go across the country there is always a co-op close by. And they always want us to feel at home in their community.
This year Touchstone Energy reached out to Sam Houston EC Communication Specialist Rachel Frey to help our members heading to CONNECT get the inside scoop about the great activities that await us in Houston.
When you aren’t at the awesome Touchstone Energy tracks and events (hint, hint!) we hope you take some time out to explore Rachel’s recommendations in the Bayou City.
Welcome to Houston, y’all!
I’m so excited to see so many communicators in just a few weeks at the CONNECT Conference in Houston! Our nation’s fourth-largest city is nearly surrounded by cooperatives, like Jackson EC, Jasper-Newton Electric Cooperative, Mid-South Synergy, San Bernard EC, Wharton County EC and my cooperative, Sam Houston EC.
The conference will be held in the heart of downtown Houston, which has an abundance of awesome restaurants and world-class entertainment to fill any time you have before or after conference sessions.
Right outside of the conference hotel is Discovery Green, a beautiful green space with unique art, patios, kayaks, and a jogging trail. If you need to catch up on some emails, but do not want to be in your hotel room, you can probably find a peaceful place to do so here.
If you’re a sports fan, the 2017 World Champion Houston Astros are just a few blocks away. They will actually be at home hosting the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers during the conference. The Houston Rockets will hopefully be in the conference semifinals during CONNECT. Of course, this is still to be determined. Even if you’re not a basketball fan, watch out for the playoff schedule, because it could make the area around our hotel more congested than normal.
Houston’s Theater District features the renowned Houston Ballet, Alley Theatre, Houston Grand Opera and Theatre Under the Stars, many of which have shows scheduled during CONNECT. The Broadway revival of Miss Saigon will also be in town at the Hobby Center.
There’s an incredible Museum District just a short drive away from the conference, featuring the Museum of Natural Science, Museum of African-American Culture and the Houston Center for Photography. The Museum of Fine Art-Houston is currently hosting a special exhibit of Vincent Van Gogh’s work.
Don’t worry, you will not go hungry in Houston. There are an estimated 10,000 restaurants, and the city was recently named the “newest capital of great food” by Food & Wine and the country’s most exciting food city by Tasting Table magazine. There are countless options for great cuisine of any type, but a few of my favorites in the area are The Grotto Downtown, Lucky’s Pub and Torchy’s Tacos at Minute Maid Park.
Of course, I would be remiss to not mention Houston’s notoriety as “Space City.” The Johnson Space Center has a visitor’s center at Space Center Houston, but it is roughly 30 miles away, closer to the Gulf of Mexico and Galveston.
As you can see Houston is more than cowboy boots and oil and gas companies, but if you’re interested in either, just let me know! I’ll help you find some. Oh, and be sure to drop by Texas Electric Cooperative’s welcome booth when you register to say, “Howdy!”
-Rachel Frey, Sam Houston EC Communication Specialist