More than 700 people packed Bisnow's recent Future of The Energy Corridor event to hear about the vibrant growth and promising future of what many are calling Houston's new "downtown."
A lively crowd filled the breakfast reception prior to the event’s kickoff at the Omni Houston Hotel at Westside, February 1. On tap at the event: several planning, development and real estate experts eager to share their thoughts on the future of The Energy Corridor.
The event commenced with opening remarks from David Hightower, The Energy Corridor District Board President / EVP & Chief Development Officer of the Wolff Companies, who shared his longtime vision for the area. Hightower set the stage for the event by telling the audience that 3 million square feet of commercial space is under construction in The Energy Corridor, with another 3.7 million planned.
Expert panels followed with Clark Martinson, General Manager for The Energy Corridor District, participating in the first round. Martinson and his ECD staff coordinate with property owners and companies representing more than 20 million square feet of office and mixed-use space, along with more than 78,000 jobs in The Energy Corridor. By 2030, Martinson said, The Energy Corridor is forecast to be the center for 92,000 jobs and 33 million square feet of commercial space.
Martinson described The Energy Corridor District’s concerted efforts to improve transportation mobility for the area. Over one third of all of the professional jobs in the Houston region are within 30-minutes of The Energy Corridor, explained Martinson.
With 50 miles of hike and bike trails, The Energy Corridor District is also dedicated to expanding recreational and bike-to-work opportunities, said Martinson. The District is expanding and improving The Energy Corridor’s trail network, said Martinson, while playing a key role in the West Houston Trails Master Plan.
Many in the Bisnow event audience stopped by The Energy Corridor’s booth to talk with The Energy Corridor District staffers and specialists in transportation and parks. Several attendees used their smartphones to grab in-depth information using QR codes on the Energy Corridor District’s new tabletop displays.