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The Energy Corridor District Announces New Executive Director Elijah J. Williams

10/22/2019

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The Energy Corridor District
Rachael Weaver; 281-759-3800; rweaver@energycorridor.org
energycorridor.org


Houston, October 22, 2019 – After an extensive executive search process, The Energy Corridor District’s Board of Directors has selected Elijah J. Williams as its Executive Director.

Williams will lead The Energy Corridor District’s efforts to shape initiatives in the areas of transportation and mobility, public amenities, infrastructure, public safety, urban design and business development in one of the Houston region’s most important business centers.

“We are excited to have Elijah on board leading the team; he brings a wealth of diverse and unique experiences to the District and is an immensely talented and capable leader,” states David Hightower, Board President. “These positions are somewhat unique and require the right individual with diverse skills. Our search committee was very deliberate in its process. Elijah is the right person to guide the District and nurture important relationships, as we continue to make the Energy Corridor a premier destination and business hub.”

Considered one of the nation’s foremost employment centers, The Energy Corridor is home to the headquarters and regional offices of prominent global energy and energy services firms, among others.

“The Energy Corridor District is a unique, but critical destination in Houston,” explains Williams. “I am excited about the opportunity to advocate on behalf of the District’s property owners and residents, while working to improve livability and mobility in the area. I look forward to working with the Board of Directors and other stakeholders to be a responsive, agile and proactive organization that represents the needs and interests of our constituents.”

The District has an ambitious vision for The Energy Corridor as a special place to live, work, play and invest within the City of Houston and Harris County. These initiatives include complete streets and networks, increasing mobility options, advocating for improved storm water management, stimulating business development, and developing and promoting parks and trails.

With its exceptional location in the Houston metro region, the District has a large and growing critical mass of existing highly educated office workers and residents. The Energy Corridor features more than 26 million square feet of office space (of which 79% is Class A) and 3 million-plus square feet of retail. It’s also adjacent to some of the region’s great natural assets – including Buffalo Bayou and 26,000 acres of parks and open space.

Williams assumed the role on October 14.

About Elijah J. Williams

Mr. Williams brings the District deep experiences in advocating for issues at the local, state and federal levels of government, while working to solve critical challenges impacting government, business and community.  Previously, he served as the Legislative Liaison for NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston and Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, working closely with congressional, state and local elected officials to advance NASA’s mission and goals. Before that, he negotiated multibillion- and million-dollar federal contracts and agreements at JSC.

Williams also served in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. After leaving federal service, he ran his own consulting firm advising clients in strategy, government relations and business development. He served as a City of Houston Appointee to the Board of Directors of the Gulf Coast Rail District, as a member of Houston-Galveston Area Council’s High Capacity Transit Task Force – Service Concept Working Group, and as a member of the Legislative Policy Council for the Transportation Advocacy Group. Additionally, Williams was a Committee Director in the Texas House of Representatives during the 86th Legislative Session in 2019. 

Born and raised in New Orleans, Williams earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in management from Xavier University; he went on to earn a Master of Public Administration degree, with a concentration in public policy from Texas Southern University’s Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs. He also earned a yearlong certification in legislative studies from Georgetown University’s Government Affairs Institute. Williams is a graduate of Leadership Houston - Class XXX, the President’s Leadership Workshop (The White House) and a NASA Leadership Development Program. 

About the Energy Corridor District

The District is a governmental entity established in 2001 by the Texas Legislature as Harris County Improvement District #4. The District has worked tirelessly to enhance the community’s quality of life and sense of place by implementing mobility, public safety, streetscapes and business development initiatives in one of Houston’s most important employment centers. The District consists of over 2,000 acres, stretching along IH-10 from Kirkwood Drive to west of Barker Cypress Road, and extends south along Eldridge Parkway to south of Briar Forest. It is a bustling and professional area with great employment opportunities, access to countless restaurants and many amenities, including parks and shopping areas.