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  • 33rd Kinder Area Survey, Houston as a Health Care Hub, and Houston Improv: Houston Matters for Thursday, April 24, 2014

    Klineberg StudyThe Kinder Institute Houston Area Survey by Rice University will be released today. Now in its 33rd year, the survey is the nation’s longest-running study of any metropolitan area’s economy, population, life experiences, beliefs and attitudes. Its author, sociology professor and co-founder of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Dr. Stephen Klineberg, shares the latest findings on this edition of Houston Matters. Then, we discuss the implications of those findings for transportation projects in Greater Houston.

    Also this hour: organizers of a new medical conference say they want to establish Houston as the “healthcare hub for the Americas.” The Medical World Americas conference is expected to draw more than 2,000 health care professionals. It will feature several topics for discussion, including disaster preparedness.

    We talk with the health care and life sciences consultant for the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau about the importance of hosting the conference in Houston. We also explore the medical community’s role in disaster preparedness with the CEO of an organization that orchestrates disaster response.

    Plus: we’re be joined by the organizers of this year’s Houston Improv Festival. It starts tonight at 8, and continues with live shows, workshops, and even a screening of an improv movie at the Midtown Art Center.

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