Missouri City will mark two community unity milestones on Friday, Feb. 9 and Saturday, Feb. 10 with the grand opening of the state-of-the-art visitors center and the commemoration of the Fourth Annual Black History Month Celebration of Culture and Music.
The festivities will launch with City Council and staff showcasing the visitors center on Feb. 9 at a 5 p.m. grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“The new facility is located inside our redesigned Community Center and features a holographic virtual assistant and interactive kiosk. The project is an opportunity for the city to share our tourism program with the public and highlight the great sites we have for regional visitors to enjoy, including the award-winning Edible Arbor Trail, the top-ranked Quail Valley Golf Course and City Centre at Quail Valley, the historical Freedom Tree Park, a variety of other premier parks and fine-dining restaurants, a first-class movie theater, and a three-star hotel that offers family-friendly staycations,” said City Manager Anthony J. Snipes.
The visitors center was funded by $100,000 in hotel occupancy tax revenue, which also accounts for a tourism manager to be hired. Recruitment for the position is under way.
Following the visitors center ceremony, city officials will kick-off the Fourth Annual Black History Month Celebration of Culture and Music with an Artists and Authors Exhibition at 6 p.m. in the Community Center, 1522 Texas Pkwy. Then, on Feb. 10 in the same facility, the formal event program will feature an inaugural panel on Education and the Economy with Dr. Madeline Burillo, president of the Missouri City Houston Community College Campus, Dr. Charles Dupre, Fort Bend Independent School District superintendent, and Dr. Robert Bostic, Stafford Municipal School District superintendent.
Black History Month partners include H-E-B, Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, BlueCross Blue Shield, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson LLP, Houston Community College, Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition, Fort Bend Academy of Arts & Dance, Micheaux’s Diner & Catering, Inc., The Greatest BBQ, Texasiana Food Truck, Boogie’s BBQ, The Pink Company, Cajun Pits Catering, and Niagara Bottling, LLC.