Consulate General Houston - News & Events

“The City of Austin Economic Development Department works to create prosperity in Austin by working with citizens, neighborhoods, and businesses in a number of ways. These efforts include working with international partners, including our partners in Norway.” Read more

The success of both Louisiana and Georgia in terms of good rankings among corporate decision makers and site selectors as attractive states for establishing business were pointed to as a source of inspiration.

“Texas is known to be a business friendly state, but until ranked as no. 1 for attracting new businesses, there is always room for improvements”, Tracye McDaniel, President and CEO of TexasOne recently said when addressing approximately 50 certified economic developers from towns and communities across the state at a Roundtable conference in Austin, Texas. The conference attendees had gathered ... Read more

On Wednesday, August 26, 2015, The Norwegian Consulate General in Houston will welcome Mr. Edward (Ed) G. Stokes to a new "Lunch'n Learn" event. Mr. Stokes is currently the Marine Project Manager for the Alaska LNG Project, which is an unincorporated joint venture among ExxonMobil, BP, ConocoPhillips, TransCanada and AGDC (State of Alaska). He has been an employee of ConocoPhillips for the last... Read more

“The knowledge and experience we have established through space exploration, forms the basis for a number of applications useful in other sectors”, said Dr. David Alexander, Director of Rice Space Institute at Rice University in Houston, when presenting at a recent Lunch’n Learn at Norway House. “There are multiple synergies between space and ocean creating new opportunities for the offshore,... Read more

“Had Texas been a country rather than a US state, it would rank as the 12th largest economy in the world. We have already done a good job attracting businesses to establish in Texas, and this work will continue with an increased international focus”, said Tracye McDaniel, President and CEO of the Texas Economic Development Corporation and TexasOne, when presenting at an event hosted by the Dean... Read more

I Norge er valgdagen for kommunestyrevalget og fylkestingsvalget 2015 mandag 14. september. Read more

Photo: CEO of Norwegian Oil and Gas Association, Karl Eirik Schjøtt-Pedersen at the OTC Exhibition.

During four intense days, may 4-8, the 2015 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), the largest of its kind in the World, took place in Houston. With a significantly lower oil price, attendance dropped by 10% and may be a reflection of a greater need for smarter and more economical technological solutions. Read more

Earlier this year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) established a global dialogue (GOTIA) to encourage the development of advanced technology and the regulatory drivers that allow for its efficient use. Read more

Photo: Hamza El Maabdi.

On May 14, the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in cooperation with NACC, Innovation Norway, and INTSOK, staged yet another succesful "Lunch'n Learn" event at Norway House. Read more

Photo: Kerri Lohmeier. From left to right - City of Austin Economic Development Director Kevin Johns, Oslo's Vice Mayor for Cultural Affairs and Business Development, Mr. Hallstein Bjercke & Director of Oslo Business Region Fredrik Winther.

For the City of Oslo, SXSW 2015 marked an upward shift in their focus and efforts towards enhancing the City’s business -, entrepreneurship and cultural commitment with a more international approach. The City of Oslo just signed a tri-party agreement with the City of Austin and Hackney, London, with the formalization of “The Creative Cities Alliance” taking place during 2015 SXSW. Read more

Photo: Synne Øverland Knudsen 2013 - Members of Death by Unga Bunga at Varna, Moss, Norway.

This year’s SXSW Music festival hosted in Austin, TX attracted a number of Norwegian artists performing at one of the most prestigious music festivals worldwide. We connected with the band “Death by Unga Bunga” to learn more about their experience with SXSW, as well as their music career in general. Read more

Hanne Kolstø. 
Photo: Hamza El Maabdi.

Representatives from the Royal Norwegian Consulate in Houston travelled to Austin, TX in March to cover some of the Norwegian music displays at the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival. With more than 2200 official performers and bands playing in more than 100 venues, SXSW Music is the largest festival of its kind in the world, providing an opportunity for Norwegian artists to reach... Read more

Mr. Jostein Dahl Karlsen visited Houston this week in the capacity of being Chairman of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) new “Gas and Oil Technologies (GOT)” initiative. In addition to preparing for events during the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston in May, Mr. Dahl Karlsen met with a number of energy companies to involve them in IEA’s new GOT initiative. Read more

Photo: Norway's Consul General Jostein Mykletun during the openings remarks .

On March 4, The Royal Norwegian Consulate in Houston, in close cooperation with Export Credit Norway, GIEK and DNB, as well as partners INTSOK, Innovation Norway and NACC, hosted the 2015 Norwegian Finance Day at the Federal Reserve Bank branch in Houston. Read more

Photo: Rice University’s Dr. Jan E. Odegard .

On Thursday, January 29th, the Norwegian Consulate General in Houston had the honour of hosting a well attended first 2015 Lunch’n Learn. With Rice University’s Dr. Jan E. Odegard as speaker, the participants were given a highly informative, inspiring and exciting talk on both the possibilities and looming challenges of continued growth in information technology. Dr. Odegard is the executive... Read more

The Great Blue Hole and Professor André W. Droxler

Professor André W. Droxler at Rice University reveals interesting findings from research of Belize’s Central Shelf Lagoon and Great Blue Hole, possibly explaining the sudden disappearance of the Mayans. These findings may also provide further insight on climate conditions and prepare us for what is likely to come. We met up with Professor Droxler to have a chat about his findings. Read more

Photo: Charles Foster on stage .

On Friday January 23, 2015, immigration expert Charles Foster spoke to the Houston Consular Corps about immigration reform and Obama’s executive action. Despite opposition in Washington, Mr. Foster confidently concluded that reform is a necessity and that it will happen. Read more

Photo: left to right: Dr. Sylvia Eckes; Samuel Deason, 3rd price; Mary Rose Norell, 2nd price and Daniel Baer, 1st price, the Marshal Prize.

In Sarasota, Florida, the year 2015 was kicked off with a new Grieg festival. Not only were American Grieg enthusiasts introduced to some of his lesser-known work through well-known performers, they also listened to young musicians performing Grieg’s music whilst competing for prizes. Read more

From left: Sigbjørn Smeland, State Secretary Astrid Nøklebye Heiberg, Svein Skeie, Stein Tore Nilsen and Gunnar Sæther

State Secretary Astrid Nøklebye Heiberg at the Ministry of Health and Care Services of Norway visited Houston last week, and had the opportunity to learn more about the close collaboration between Houston and Norway within the health and medical fields. During her stay, the State Secretary met for a roundtable discussion with Norwegian doctors and hospital leaders, she visited MD Anderson Cance... Read more

Photo: Kristoffer Landmark Marø.

On Tuesday, 9th of December, Professor Arne Graue gave a talk on energy for the future at the European Science Café. The event is co-hosted by a different European country every time with the support of the French Consulate General. The December event was co-hosted by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General. Read more