Greater Houston Partnership (GHP)

Houston Innovation Corridor

Houston Innovation Corridor


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Linked by light-rail, bike lanes, and sidewalks, Houston’s four-mile-long Innovation Corridor offers easy access to key industry and institutional players and an unparalleled array of amenities. Anchored on the south by the world's largest medical complex, the Texas Medical Center along with top-ranked Rice University, the Corridor runs north along Houston's light-rail line through the 700-acre Hermann Park, and Museum District. It continues past the eclectic Montrose neighborhood and through Midtown, home to a millennial-friendly mix of housing, dining and recreational options. The Corridor reaches its northern limit in Downtown, the nexus of corporate headquarters, financial institutions and professional service firms, and a wide variety of cultural and recreational amenities. The Innovation Corridor is the center of an extraordinarily powerful social and economic convergence.

Houston Innovatioin Corridor Downtown Houston

Downtown Houston

Home to many of Houston’s most prominent companies, Downtown is also one of the country’s most dynamic mixed-use urban centers with an incredible fusion of historic and contemporary infrastructure, convenient transit options, convention and sports venues, an active cultural and arts scene, fine dining and shopping, and thriving residential communities in both mid-rise and high-rise settings.

Downtown Houston

Midtown District

The Midtown District is a dense, walkable residential neighborhood in the very heart of Houston. Midtown features countless restaurants, wine bars and beer gardens with a millennial focused mix of housing options all centered around the light-rail and the new Midtown Park.

Midtown District

Montrose Houston

The Montrose neighborhood features an eclectic mix of tree-covered bungalows and coffee shops with a counter-culture vibe that surprises some outsiders, but is one that is uniquely Houston.

Montrose District

Museum District

The Houston Museum District is one of the largest in the country, with 19 world-class museums set within blocks of each other, including fine arts, modern art, natural science and the renowned Menil Collection.

Museum District

Texas Medical Center

Home to 58 premier clinical, research and education institutions, the world’s largest medical center features biotech business accelerators, including the Texas Medical Center's TMCx and Johnson & Johnson's JLABS, which provide networks to advance the development of technology companies and hasten commercialization.

Texas Medical Center

Campuses for Tech Start-ups

Houston’s Innovation Corridor is also home to two of Houston’s most exciting hubs for tech startups and innovation: Station Houston and Houston Exponential. Station Houston and Houston Exponential. Station Houston hosts 262-member companies and Houston Exponential is the hub and catalyst for a growing community of startup ventures.

Hermann Park and Houston Zoo

Houston's Hermann Park is an expansive 700-acre greenspace, home to the "always free" Miller Outdoor Theatre, the McGovern Centennial Gardens, the Houston Zoo and extensive jogging trails.

Hermann Park and Houston Zoo

Metrorail (Light-Rail)

Houston's METRORail Red Line runs the length of the Innovation Corridor and links HQ2 to Downtown, Midtown, the Museum District, Rice University, and the Texas Medical Center. It also connects to METRO's Green and Purple Lines, which extend to the University of Houston and the historic East End.

Metrorail

Rice University

Ranked as one of the country's top national universities, Rice’s graduate school includes the highly-ranked Jones School of Business and the George. R. Brown School of Engineering.

Rice University

University of Houston (UH)

A premier Tier One public university with more than 43,000 students, UH is one of the most diverse in the country and is home to Energy Research Park, a 70-acre complex dedicated to innovation and industry partnerships.

University of Houston

Texas Southern University

Nestled upon a sprawling 150-acre campus in Houston's historic Third Ward, Texas Southern University is one of the nation's largest historically black universities.

Texas Southern University

Houston Community College (HCC)

HCC's Central Campus is one of 14 "Centers of Excellence," recognized for preparing students for their careers. HCC proactively partners with area employers to develop curricula and programs that match future hiring needs.

Houston Community College

Theater District

The Theater District includes premier theater venues: Alley Theatre, Jones Hall and Wortham Theater Center, all sitting within a block from one another with the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts located nearby.

Theater District

BBVA Compass

Located close to George R. Brown Convention Center, Minute Maid Park and Toyota Center, BBVA Compass Stadium is the home for the Houston MLS Dynamo and Dash. The 22,000-seat stadium, which opened in late spring 2012, is the first Major League Soccer stadium located in a city's Downtown district.

BBVA Compass

Toyota Center

The 750,000 S. F. Toyota Center is a premier live entertainment venue and home to the NBA's Houston Rockets. The arena has a variety of venue rental options, including the arena floor, suites, Red and White Wine Bistro, the Lexus Lounge, entry pavilion and more.

Toyota Center

Buffalo Bayou Park

Stretching from Shepherd Drive to Sabine Street between Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive, the 160-acre Buffalo Bayou Park is one of the country's great urban green spaces.

Buffalo Bayou Park

University of St. Thomas

Located in a diverse and vibrant urban environment, the campus is just minutes from downtown and the Texas Medical Center. The University of St. Thomas has been recognized as one of the region’s best university for more than 20 consecutive years.

University of St. Thomas

Minute Maid Park

In 2000, Minute Maid Park became a part of the downtown Houston skyline as the home to the MLB’s Houston Astros. The park seats more than 40,000 fans and has a retractable roof.

Minute Maid Park


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