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Central Houston, Inc. typically has about seven membership meetings a year, including an annual meeting/luncheon, downtown update at the start of each year, and other events. The list below includes previous events.  See also Scheduled Events.   

November 10, 2015
Jeff Moseley, a member of the Texas Transportation Commission, discussed and presented plans for the downtown segment of the North Houston Highway Improvement Project. This project would overhaul the freeway ring around downtown by adding managed lanes, realigning freeways, depressing freeway segments, and removing the Pierce Elevated, to improve freeway capacity and traffic flow.

October 13, 2015 - Annual Luncheon Meeting
Central Houston's annual luncheon meeting featured Dennis Frenchman, an architect, planner, and MIT professor. Frenchman founded an architecture and urban design firm, based in Boston and is the Leventhal Professor of Urban Design and Planning at MIT, Associate Dean and chair of the Masters in City Planning program and is on the faculty of the Center for Real Estate. Frenchman's practice and his research focus on the transformation of cities, and his presentation enlightened and challenged the community. The luncheon was held at the Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel and attracted close to 900 attendees. See a PDF (parts one and two), a video of the program, and one of the videos Professor Frenchman used during his presentation. More can be read in the Houston Chronicle article which followed the event.

August 7, 2015 - New Bus Network
METRO board member Christof Spieler spoke about METRO's New Bus Network, implemented on August 15. The new network providesmore and better service to Houstonians, and it directly ties in to the needs of the downtown workforce and intown residents.

July 7, 2015 - Residential
This breakfast focused on downtown residential -- residential product, demographics of current and future residents, and how this new product and in what ways the expansion of the resident base will influence downtown's growth. The meeting was held in BG Group's meeting space, from which three of downtown's nine residential developments under construction can be seen. An overview will be presented by CHI's president, Bob Eury, and a panel discussion followed with Patrick Frese, EVP of Tarantino, developer of Commerce Towers; Philip Schneidau, president and CEO of BMS Management, which is developing Market Square Tower' Kip Platt, project development partner of Provident Realty Advisors, which is converting the Texaco Building to residential; and Laurie Personette-Null, co-owner and CEO of the Personette Group, which works with developers of existing and new residential developments.

June 3, 2015 - Homelessness
Central Houston hosted a meeting of its members at the Beacon. The topic was The Way Home, with Mandy Chapman Semple, Special assistant to the Mayor for Homeless Initiatives, providing an overview of efforts to date to reduce homelessness in Houston. Following the presentation, Pam Gardner led a panel discussion with Ann Stern/Houston Endowment and Tory Gunsolley/Houston Housing Authority.

March 31, 2015 - Hotel Development
To more than 100 attendees, Don Henderson, President and CEO, DJH Consulting, moderated a panel to discuss the past, present and future of the hotel industry in downtown Houston. Panelists included Dawn Ullrich, President and CEO, Houston First Corporation; Ira Mitzner, President and CEO, RIDA Development Corporation; Nick Massad, Jr., President and CEO, American Liberty Hospitality; and G. Randle McCaslin, Senior Vice President, PKF Consulting USA, a CBRE Company. This breakfast meeting was held in the Skyline Room of the Hilton Americas Hotel, overlooking Discovery Green, the George R. Brown Convention Center (undergoing redevelopment), construction of the Marriott Marquis, and (behind Hess Tower) construction of the Hampton Inn/Homewood Suites hotels.


January 13, 2015 - Annual Update
Central Houston held its annual discussion of what is happening in downtown regarding various markets (office, residential, hotel and other), operations, marketing/ communications, planning and more. See the presentation.

December 9, 2014 - Business Development Program Strategic Planning
Presented were the preliminary findings of the Business Development Program Task Force and a facilitated discussion with young professionals. The focus of these prior discussions: How downtown can be improved for downtown workers and thus employers?  Following the presentation, several task force participants provided their points of view and interest, then attendees were asked for their input and discussion. We appreciate those who participated on the task force and in the young professionals meetings and look forward to prioritizing, vetting and implementing ideas. Also announced was that, based on the research, discussion, and enthusiasm expressed by the Millennials, Central Houston is developing a young professionals group, with details to follow.

November 10, 2014 - Reception / The Way Home
More than seventy Central Houston's members and guests joined Chairman Ric Campo and President Bob Eury for an evening reception and special presentation on the successes of The Way Home campaign. We thank Chevron for hosting this event.

October 8, 2014 - Annual Meeting
Central Houston's annual luncheon meeting featured Alan Ehrenhalt, a Senior Editor of Governing Magazine, and author of The Great Inversion and The Future of the American City. Based on his research of cities across the U.S., Mr. Ehrenhalt explored what lies ahead as the Houston region continues to rapidly grow, how the core will relate to the surrounding regions and how to maintain the vibrancy and strength of Houston's core.  This luncheon was held at the Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel and attracted more than 900 attendees.

September 16, 2014 - SkyHouse Houston
A special cocktail reception to preview SkyHouse Houston, downtown's newest residential development. Sponsored by Simpson Housing, Novare Group, Peter W. Dienna and Central Houston, members and their guests had the opportunity to see the property's residential units and hear about the project. 

July 9, 2014 - METRO Reimagining Plan
METRO board members Christof Spieler and Diann Lewter spoke about METRO's System Reimaginging Transit Service Plan; Central Houston's Louis Cutaia presented the results of the 2013 Downtown Commute Survey. The breakfast was held at McCormick & Schmicks, so Midway's Jonathan Brinsden spoke about their redevelopment of GreenStreet.

May 22, 2014 - President's Roundtable
An informal breakfast meeting was held in CHI's offices, with twelve CHI members attending.  These meetings, held once or twice per year, are an opportunity for a small group of CHI members to gather to hear the latest about downtown and CHI's programs, ask questions and discuss issues of importance or curiosity.  It also is an opportunity to gather without committing to joining a committee. One of the attendees gave CHI and the program quite a compliment when he made it a point afterwards to say to a staffer, "I really, really don't like breakfast meetings, but I am SO glad I attended this one." Any Central Houston members who would like to attend a future President's Roundtable meeting should contact Laura Van Ness.

April 1, 2014 - Convention District: What's Next
Central Houston hosted a membership breakfast to discuss and hear about the value of the hospitality industry to downtown and Houston; hear about the Marriott Marquis from the developer; and hear about big-picture changes to come.  The presentation/ discussion included Ira Mitzner, president of RIDA Development, which will develop the Marriott Marquis; Ric Campo, chairman and CEO of Camden Property Trust, chair of Houston First, and chair of Central Houston; and Dawn Ullrich, president of Houston First Corporation. The venue was the Skyline Room of the Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel, from which major projects such as Avenida de las Americas, the future Marriott Marquis, and additional related development could be viewed.

February 26, 2014 - Downtown Update
At this breakfast, held at the new Houston Club, staff provided an overview of downtown's activities, including planning, development, operations, transportation, and marketing and communications. The Current Projects map, dated 2/26/14, was distributed.  To find the most recent version, go to the Maps section of the downtown portal.

February 4, 2014 - Reception - Chair Recognition
Central Houston held a reception in the Skyline Room at the Hilton Americas-Houston to thank Pam Gardner for being Central Houston's chair in 2012 and 2013 and to welcome Ric Campo as 2014 chair.  

December 13, 2013 - Homelessness Initiatives
Central Houston held a membership breakfast to focus on Houston's homelessness initiatives. Mandy Chapman Semple, Mayor Parker's Special Assistant to the Mayor for Homeless Initiatives, addressed current initiatives and impressive progress towards ending chronic homelessness, defined as being homeless more than 30 days.  Mandy's presentation is available here.  During this breakfast meeting, held at the Hyatt, we thanked retiring Hyatt General Manager Steve Trent for his support of Central Houston.

October 25, 2013 - Annual Meeting
This year's luncheon theme was Growing Region, Thriving Core.  Robert Yaro, President of Regional Plan Association (RPA), the nationís oldest independent metropolitan policy, research, and advocacy group, was the keynote speaker. His presentation can be downloaded here.  Held at the Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel, the luncheon drew more than 800 attendees.  We thank Comcast Business for being our Platinum sponsor this year.  

Annual Mtg 2013 - Bob YaroAnnual Mtg 2013 - Rudy RasmusAnnual Mtg 2013 - Standing Ovation for Bob EuryAnnual Mtg 2013 - Judge EmmettAnnual Mtg 2013 - Mayor Parker

Annual Mtg 2013 - Ray Messer Bob Eury Sheila Jackson LeeAnnual Mtg 2013 - Liz Palacios - Sidney EvansAnnual Mtg 2013 - Chevron - Bob EuryAnnual Mtg 2013 - Attendees - Gilbane Wulfe Grizzle Kueht WebbAnnual Mtg 2013 - Comcast

September 4, 2013 - Planning
This membership breakfast, attended by approximately 70 members and guests, focused on several major planning efforts.  The meeting was held at the University of Downtown's Willow Street Pump Station, a fitting venue for the program. Lonnie Hoogeboom, Director of Planning and Design for Central Houston and the Downtown District, presented numerous planning efforts completed and underway.  The slides used in the presentation are available here via Dropbox.   

June 26, 2013 - Residential Development
Bob Eury interviewed three residential experts, Jim Borders, president of Novare Group; Marvy Finger, president of Finger Companies; and Paige Martin, Realtor with Houston Properties.  Jim and Marvy discussed their residential developments currently under construction in downtown (SkyHouse Houston and 500 Crawford, respectively), pricing, demand, strategy and amenities.  Paige discussed demographics of downtown residents and the increased interest she is seeing in downtown living.  This meeting was held at the historic Rice Lofts, which in opened in 1998 and heralded renewed interest in downtown living.

May 17, 2013 - Office Market
This membership breakfast focused on recent development updates and downtown's office market, including recent statistics, and perspectives from the tenant, leasing agent and tenant rep sides.  Participating speakers included Debbie Wilson/CBRE, Steve Burkett/JLL, Jim Furr/Gensler, Terry Woolfe/Kinder Morgan, and Cindy Marion/MMI Agency.

April 11, 2013 - Anniversary Reception
Reception celebrating the organization's 30 years to date of dedication to improving downtown. This reception was hosted by Chevron on the 50th floor of 1400 Smith.  Members of the founding board attended this very special evening.

March 15, 2013 - Sustainability Initiatives
Central Houston's members met for breakfast at the City of Houston Permitting Center at 1002 Washington Avenue, beginning with a gathering in the City's Green Building Resource Center. 

January 24, 2013 - Downtown Update
Central Houston's members met for breakfast at the Hyatt to discuss the outlook for 2013 and Central Houston's major priorities and implementation of the organization's strategic plan, including business development, transportation improvements, enhancing the urban place, redevelopment initiatives, planning initiatives, marketing, retail, operations, and livability/education options. 



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