7Feb, 2019

Crawfish Bucks are Here!

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Buy $100 in Crawfish Bucks Now and Get a Bonus 20 Crawfish Bucks


The Chamber’s Crawfish Festival and Parade will be held on March 2 at 411 West 20th Street. Crawfish Bucks are now on sale and buying them early for a limited time, in a single transaction of $100, has multiple benefits: one, you can skip the long ticket lines, and two, you will get a bonus discount for purchasing early. For buying in a single transaction of $100, you receive an extra 20 Crawfish Bucks which can mean even more crawfish, other foods and beverages. Crawfish Bucks are used for all food and beverage purchases and each Crawfish Buck is valued at $1. The following will be on sale at the festival:



Crawfish Festival Bucks are here!   

Buy your $20 tickets early and skip the ticket line!

Spend $100 (in the same transaction) and get $20 in Crawfish Festival Bucks for Free!

$1 = 1 Crawfish Buck

Crawfish Plate: 20 Crawfish Bucks

Hot Dog or Sausage on a Stick: 5 Crawfish Bucks

Soda:  2 for 5 Crawfish Bucks

Beer:  5 Crawfish Bucks or 20 Crawfish Bucks for a Pitcher

To purchase your tickets in advance, click here



1Feb, 2019

Annual Economic Forecast Luncheon Provided Insights for 2019

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Close to 300 people were at the Sheraton Houston Brookhollow Hotel on January 30 to hear Economist Dr. Luis Torres. Dr. Torres is a Research Economist at Texas A&M Real Estate Center and a leading authority on real estate trends in Texas. His presentation provided insights into the economy not only from the U.S. perspective, but for Texas and the Houston area as well. Citing various studies, indexes, trends and projections, Dr. Torres addressed a variety of segments including real estate, energy, construction, both commercial and residential, and implications of the U.S. monetary policy and governmental decisions.

His presentation began with a statement about “Less growth and more uncertainty. His rational for the uncertainty cited “The fourth-quarter decline in oil prices; trade uncertainty; and volatility in financial markets.” Furthermore, he said “ Expansions don’t die of old age, but they get murdered because of: financial imbalances and the Federal Reserve raising rates too fast.  He further stated “The outlook surveys for U.S. and Houston point toward growth slowdown.

Click here for Dr. Torres’ presentation

Some key presentation points included:

A decline in the Texas Leading index, suggests jobs will grow 1.1 percent this year statewide.

A forecast of 137,000 jobs will be added this year.

Employment in December 2019 will be 12.8 million.

Oil prices dependent on many factors.

Residential construction slowed at the end of 2018.

Housing sales weakened at end of 2018, still a record year in sales.

In 2019, single-family housing sales projected to slowdown.

In 2019, the outlook for commercial real estate is positive.

In summary, he stated that the (1) “the economy is still doing fine. In 2019, it will be slowing but still registering positive growth.” “The housing market will grow in 2019.” “The office market has reached bottom, while retail and ware houses will continue to register strong growth.” “Energy and trade uncertainty will continue.” And finally, “no recession is expected in 2019, how about 2020?”

Jonathan McElvy, President and CEO of McElvy Media Group, was Master of Ceremonies. Through his newspapers and websites, in multiple markets, the organization delivers more than 600,000 print publications each week while reaching more than 100,000 unique visitors on their websites monthly.

Following his presentation, Dr. Torres cited their website, as a great source of information and referenced two additional websites. The first is for the outlook for the Texas economy:

The second is for housing insights:

Thank you everyone who made this event such a great success!


Gold:            Adams Insurance, Allegiance Bank, Lane Property Tax Advocates, Members Trust of the Southwest Federal Credit Union, Memorial Hermann Greater Heights, Spirit of Texas Bank

Silver:          Allegiance Bank, AmCap Home Loans, BNI-Heights of Professionalism, Frost Bank, Houston Highway Credit Union, Jack Cagle Campaign, Knapp Chevrolet, The May Group, Reibenstein & Associates, Reynolds & Associates

18Dec, 2018

Idol of the Heights Competition Sign-up Has Begun!

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Think you’ve got what it takes?  Sign up today to compete in the Idol of the Heights!   Preliminary Round 1 is February 8th at Cactus Cove; Preliminary Round 2 is February 15th at McIntyre’s.  Winners from the preliminary rounds will be invited to the Semi-Finals on February 22nd at Karbach.  There, the top 6 finalists will be selected to move on to the final competition to be held on stage at the Crawfish Festival on March 2nd.  Not a singer but want to sit back and listen?  There is no charge to hear talented singers begin their quest as they compete for top prizes of $1,500, $700 and $300 prizes.

Follow the links to sign up for one of the preliminary rounds:

Cactus Cove:



6Dec, 2018

Now accepting applications for 2019 Scholarships

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Each year, the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce awards scholarships to  outstanding high school seniors  in the area.  Those students are honored at a luncheon to be held on May 21st.  Since the inception of the program, the Chamber has awarded over $350,000 in scholarships to area students.  Those scholarships are made possible through generous donations by our members.  We are pleased to continue that tradition this year and are currently taking applications for the 2019 scholarship program.  This year we are also giving out scholarships for students who will be entering into a vocational training program.  Deadline to apply is March 1, 2019.  To apply, please read and complete the following applications:

College Scholarship Application pdf  

scholarship college application 2019 word doc

Vocational Scholarship Application pdf

scholarship vocational application 2019 word doc


Eligibility for Scholarships

  1. Any senior planning to attend college or vocational school in the fall.
  2. Be from one of the following area schools: Heights High, Waltrip, Northside, Washington, Scarborough, Lutheran North, St. Pius X, St. Thomas, YES (Central), KIPP (Central), Incarnate Word, Law Enforcement H.S., Memorial Hall, Houston Heights H.S., New Christian Heights Academy, Gateway Academy


  1. Application review by April 1, 2019 and finalist notified
  2. In person interview the first part of April 2019
  3. Winners and schools notified in early May
  4. Winners and schools awarded at the Education Celebration, May 21, 2019 held at the Sheraton Houston Brookhollow Hotel
  5. Winners must give the higher education financial aid address and student ID by June to the chamber so monies can be sent.; if you notify us later we hope to have it filled for you by the fall semester; the earlier you give it to us, the better
  6. You must attend the Education Celebration.
6Dec, 2018

Memorial Hermann Health System Named One of Nation’s “Most Wired” Health Systems for the 14th Consecutive Year

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 (December 5, 2018) – Memorial Hermann Health System once again earned a spot on the HealthCares’ Most Wired list, achieving the recognition for the 14th consecutive year based on a survey of hospitals across the nation. The list, compiled from a survey conducted by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), annually recognizes hospitals and other healthcare facilities that adopt the latest in technological solutions and strategically apply them to improve population health and operate more efficiently.


“Embracing emerging technology is vital to improving and better managing the care of our patients. Not only does it support the delivery of safe, high-quality healthcare, it also helps lower costs and provide a more seamless experience,” said Amanda Hammel, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Memorial Hermann.


The annual Most Wired survey, now in its 20th year, traditionally tracked the adoption of healthcare IT in hospitals and health systems. This year, CHIME took control over the Most Wired program and revised the questions and methodology to highlight strengths and gaps in the industry. The goal is to identify best practices and promote the strategic use of healthcare IT to elevate the health and care of communities around the world.


The report found two key areas that emerged in 2018: the use of foundational technologies such as integration, interoperability, security and disaster recovery; and the use of transformational technologies to support population health management, value-based care, patient engagement and telehealth. These foundational pieces need to be in place for an organization to leverage tools to effectively transform healthcare.


“The healthcare industry is facing a significant transformation opportunity. The more we embrace the rapidly evolving world of technology, the better we can care for people in a manner that is convenient and more consumer centric. We strive to use technology in a way that is both thoughtful and innovative and aligns with our commitment to help patients improve their overall health,” said Chuck Stokes, President and CEO of Memorial Hermann.


Learn more about Memorial Hermann’s care innovations and the use of digital tools to improve patient health.

28Nov, 2018

Crawfish Festival and Crawfish Festival Parade 2019

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Ready to warm up after a chilly winter?  The Chamber has just the event to do that as we kick off the popular Crawfish Festival, right in the heart of the Heights, at the usual site, 411 West 20th  Street.

Gates to the Festival open at 10:30.  Vendor booths featuring all types of goods and services will be on-hand to show off their wares which can run from cosmetics, to energy services, to clothing and jewelry, art, plus much more. Here’s an opportunity to find that hard to shop for “special gift” for someone’s birthday.

For information about becoming a vendor, please email

For updates about the Festival click here.

You can also follow the event on Facebook



28Nov, 2018

Economic Forecast Luncheon

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Please join us for Houston’s premiere annual business event!  Reserve your table and invite your clients to this valuable luncheon.  Dr. Luis Torres  will discuss business, employment, interest rates, energy, and real estate.  This is a critical event for all business leaders and will help you prepare for 2019 and beyond.

Dr. Torres is an economist at TAMU’s Real Estate Center and is a leading authority on real estate trends in the state of Texas. Formerly with Mexico’s central bank for more than 15 years, Dr. Torres brings critical international expertise and has invaluable insight into international monetary policy.  Dr. Torres has taught classes and seminars at U.S. and Mexican universities, as well as in national and international forums. He has published a number of articles about banking, international economics, trade and applied econometrics.

For more information, please click here

20Nov, 2018

Memorial Assistance Ministries Acquires Literacy Advance of Houston

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For 55 years Literacy Advance of Houston has humbly taught adults to speak, read and write English. And for 35 years Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM) has provided a network of services to support families in poverty stay housed, obtain regular employment, manage their finances and become more financially stable. On Friday, Nov. 9th the leadership of both organizations finalized the agreement to make Literacy Advance a program of the MAM network.


MAM Board Chair, Wendy Moreland, announced the decision on Tuesday, November 13th at a donor appreciation event held at Hotel ZaZa. “We are honored to bring this expertise into our MAM programming, as well as offering our life changing programs to the adult students from the Literacy Advance programs.”


“This is a natural fit for both organizations. Our missions stem from the same values which address the root causes of poverty as well as provide humanitarian relief. Over the years we have shared clients, volunteers, donors, program partners, best practices, continuous quality improvement and shared excellence,” stated Martha Macris, MAM President and CEO, “The need for ESL in our community is enormous. Together we can better meet the demand for our programs, bring a broader range of services to more families, and those families can transition to a higher level of stability through combined services.  With the consolidation of leadership staff, accounting, development and other administrative functions, we can better steward the community resources.”


Transition teams from both organizations have been set up to help ease volunteers and employees into the new structure. Through the initial stages, both organizations will continue business as usual to serve the students and volunteers who are already committed to the upcoming classes.


For more information about MAM and the addition of Literacy Advance to their programming, please visit

6Nov, 2018

Homepage Website Advertising now available!

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Advertise on the Chamber’s website! Your ad will appear on both our homepage and on the Chamber Calendar event page!


9Oct, 2018

Memorial Hermann opens new Urgent Care Center in Greater Heights

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Residents of Greater Heights, Oak Forest, Garden Oaks, Lazybrook, Timbergrove, Woodland Heights and surrounding communities in need of after-hours care for non-life-threatening illnesses and minor injuries now have a new option for immediate diagnosis and treatment – Memorial Hermann Urgent Care Greater Heights.

Staffed by board-certified family medicine physicians, Memorial Hermann Urgent Care Greater Heights combines the comfort of a primary care practice with the convenience of extended office hours and walk-in access.

“It’s a situation we’ve all faced – an illness or injury that needs attention after your physician’s regular business hours,” Jennifer Zimmerman, chief operating officer for Memorial Hermann Medical Group.  “Instead of waiting it out, or incurring an emergency room charge for a minor issue, patients can now seek immediate care at our new Urgent Care Center.”

Modeled after sister facilities in Spring, Friendswood and Tanglewood, Memorial Hermann Urgent Care Greater Heights is capable of treating patients as young as six months old, and offers an array of services for non-life-threatening conditions such as flu, fever, earaches, insect bites, sprains, simple fractures, eye injuries and cuts requiring stitches.  X-ray imaging and laboratory services are also offered on-site, as well as sports and school physicals.

As an added convenience, the facility offers online check-in so patients can reserve their place in line ahead of time.  Patients also are able to track their appointment so they know when to arrive, reducing unnecessary time in the waiting room.

Memorial Hermann Urgent Care Greater Heights is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is located at 300 North Loop West, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77008. For more information, or for online check-in to save a place in line, visit