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Waltrip graduate James Dixon, right, has been tabbed to lead the Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation. (Photo from Facebook)

A graduate of a local high school has been appointed as the new head of the Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation (HCSCC).

Bishop James Dixon, who graduated from Waltrip High School, was tabbed as the organization’s new chairman earlier this week, according to a news release from HCSCC and NRG Park. Dixon, who has served on the organization’s board of directors since 2018, will succeed outing chairman Edgar Colon. 

His appointment comes ahead of several notable events that will make their way to NRG in the coming years, including the NCAA Division I Men’s Final Four in 2023, the College Football Playoffs in 2024, and the 2026 World Cup. He has served as a community advocate for several organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League-The Coalition of Mutual Respect, Harris County Racial and Ethnic Disparities Committee

“By leading through consensus building, I look forward to making the citizens of Harris County and the greater Houston area proud with the experience they will have here at NRG Park,” Dixon said.

After graduating from Waltrip, HCSCC said Dixon attended Houston Baptist University and Texas Southern University before graduating from Oikodome College of Biblical Studies. He also has a Masters of Ministry from Richmond Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry from Virginia University Lynchburg and Seminary. 

For more information on the HCSCC, visit its website at nrgpark.com/hcscc/.

Nonprofit offering grants to Texas minority-owned businesses

Founders First CDC, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, recently announced its second round of business grants aimed at helping minority-owned businesses in the state of Texas. There will be 30 Job Creators Quest grants awarded to diverse-led companies located in the north, central east or south Texas regions, with a current staff of 2-20 employees and the ability to add 1-2 net new premium wage jobs in the next 12 months, according to a news release from the organization.

To be eligible, the company’s founder must be Black, indigenous, a person of color, LGBTQIA+, a military veteran, a woman or located in a low-to-moderate income area and be a for-profit company with annual revenues between $100,000 and $3 million. Interested Houston companies can visit foundersfirstcdc.org/texas through July 25 to apply.

“With the rising cost of living, it can be challenging for families let alone business owners to stay afloat, particularly when it costs them more to provide goods and services for their consumers,” said Shaylon Scott, executive director of Founders First. “We are happy to be able to invest money and resources in hard working business owners throughout Texas to help them thrive.”

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