Central Houston Updates
Central Houston Mayoral Candidate Forum

Central Houston hosted a Mayoral Candidate Forum with Robert Gallegos, Gilbert Garcia, Lee Kaplan, Sheila Jackson Lee and John Whitmire on Tuesday, August 22 at South Texas College of Law. This event provided a platform for listeners to gain insight into the next Mayor’s priorities and plans for our Downtown Houston neighborhood. Moderator: Lisa Grey, Op-Ed Editor at the Houston Chronicle


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2023 State of Downtown

Join us for an extraordinary day of commemoration and anticipation as we mark four decades of Central Houston's relentless dedication to fostering a vibrant and thriving urban core. We are excited to present this year's much-awaited program, shining a spotlight on the remarkable journey of Downtown Houston over the past 40 years and acknowledging its dynamic present through an exclusive State of Downtown address, delivered by Central Houston's President and CEO, Kris Larson

Stay tuned for more information on our keynote speakers.



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METRONext Moving Forward

METRO Board Chair Carrin Patman presented details around METRO service levels, planned improvements and COVID-19 safety protocols. Watch the full program here.

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Downtown At a Glance 2020

Development of office, residential and public spaces continues Downtown.

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2020 Office Story

The Downtown Office Story is an in-depth proprietary longitudinal analysis of the competitive Downtown office market, based on the collection and analysis of primary data from our most competitive buildings. The survey and analysis are based on consistent methodology spanning over three decades. Buildings in the survey have proven the ability to compete for tenants in Dontown’s prime Class A office buildings. For 36 years the results have assisted the various real estate stakeholders (owners, leasing agents, and potential investors) in making data-driven and informed marketing and investment decisions. This survey supplements and does not replace other traditional market surveys: broker, owner, or third-party reports.

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Downtown At A Glance, June 2019

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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MassChallenge expands global network to Houston

MassChallenge, Central Houston and the City of Houston announces partnership with MassChallenge, a global network of zero-equity startup accelerators, to launch its newest program in Downtown Houston, located at GreenStreet. MassChallenge Texas’ inaugural startup cohort, which will begin in the summer of 2019, will support up to 25 startups through a zero-equity, six week-long bootcamp.

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Central Houston Presents 2020 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 its affiliate organizations and partners are closely focused on moving a progressive and dynamic vision forward.  At a recent Central Houston member breakfast, staff presented major projects and initiatives for 2020.  

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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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