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Central Houston Presents 2019 Priorities

Whether you’re a long-time resident or visiting the Bayou City for the first time, there’s no questioning Houston is experiencing an incredible burst of development, particularly within its Downtown core.

Central Houston and it’s affiliate organizations and partners are laser focused on moving a progressive and dynamic vision forward.  At a recent Central Houston member breakfast, staff presented major projects and initiatives for 2019.  

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Central Houston Annual Meeting: Innovation

The Central Houston Annual Meeting draws approximately 1,000 business leaders. The program includes Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner; Harris Country Judge Ed Emmett; Central Houston’s President Bob Eury; and Central Houston’s incoming Board Chair, Scott Prochazka, President and Chief Executive Officer of CenterPoint Energy.

Our region is currently in the early stages of developing an Innovation Corridor linking Downtown, Texas Medical Center and Rice University.   Join the conversation!

Friday, October 12, 2018
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Hilton Americas- Houston, 1600 Lamar

For sponsorship and ticket information, contact Will Matthews at or 713.650.1470.

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Central Houston announces stellar innovation panel for 2018 Annual Meeting

Our region is currently in the early stages of developing an Innovation Corridor linking Downtown, Texas Medical Center and Rice University. Speakers will include Jennifer Bonnett, Director/General Manager of the Advanced Technology Development Center, Georgia’s Technological Incubator; Adam Embar, Co-Founder and CEO of The Flatiron School; and John Hawthorne, Founder and CEO of MassChallenge. Barbara Burger, President of Chevron Technology Ventures, will moderate the panel discussion.

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Downtown Redevelopment Authority Approves New Public Park in Southern Downtown

Today, the board of the Downtown Redevelopment Authority (DRA) has voted to approve a site for a new public park in Southern Downtown. In accordance with the City Council approved budget for the DRA, they are signing a ground lease with renewal options on the property bounded by Bell Street, San Jacinto Street, Leeland Street and Fannin Street in Downtown Houston. The park will inhabit three quarters of a block which is currently occupied by Goodyear Auto Service Center. 

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Downtown At A Glance, January 2018

Over the past two  decades, more than $9 billion  in public and private investments have been made towards achieving Downtown’s vision of a creative  and vibrant place to live, work and play.

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Downtown Market Update 4Q 2017

2017 was a momentous year for Downtown Houston, with incredible highs and devastating lows. The year kicked off with Downtown hosting over 1.3 million visitors for Super Bowl LIVE, a nine-day interactive fan festival leading up to Super Bowl LI. Against this backdrop, the office market continued to feel the effects of the deepest downturn in the energy industry since the 1990s.

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Central Houston: The State of Downtown and 2018 Priorities Presentation

At January’s membership breakfast, CHI staff presented a comprehensive 2017 year-end review as well as priorties moving forward.

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Plan Downtown: Converging Culture, Lifestyle & Commerce (Video)

On November 3, Central Houston released Plan Downtown: Converging Culture, Lifestyle & Commerce, 20-year vision plan outlining recommendations for both short-term and long-term planning, development and design.

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Downtown Market Update Q3 2017

The Downtown office market outperformed regional submarkets, buttressing Downtown’s competitive advantage of quality and prime office space.

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Central Houston hosts monthly and quarterly events for members with the goal of providing information on upcoming downtown projects and relevant topics as well as giving members first-hand insider experiences and opportunities to network with other members.
Recent Events
Save the Date: Central Houston Annual Luncheon

October 12, 2018 at Hilton Americas-Houston Save the Date! Central Houston Annual Luncheon: The annual luncheon has become one of the premier business and networking events in Houston, with approximately 1,000 attendees each year. The Annual Meeting and Luncheon is open to the public; member companies have the first option to purchase a table and have priority seating for the event.   Save the Date Invite [pdf]

Hard Hat Tour of Kinder High School for the Performing & Visusal Arts (HSPVA)

April 2018: Hard Hat Tour of Kinder High School for the Performing & Visual Arts (HSPVA): The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts will be moving into their new five-story, 168,000-square foot building at Caroline and Austin at the end of the year. Central Houston members will receive an exclusive sneak peek of the $80 million project – designed by Central Houston member, Gensler. Members only.