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Innovation

Houston is where innovation and industry converge. Ours is a city that chooses to take humankind's boldest challenges head-on, from landing on the moon to developing the first artificial heart. And Houston's innovation ecosystem continues to thrive through programs like TMC Innovation Institute at the Texas Medical Center and spaces like the emerging South Main Innovation District. 

16.9 percent

Part of Houston's digital tech firms that specialize in health care

24.9 percent

Part of local digital tech firms that focus on information technology

500+

Houston is home to over 500 digital technology companies

Innovation Corridor

Houston’s Innovation Corridor is at the center of an extraordinarily powerful social and economic convergence. The four-mile-long Corridor is linked by light-rail, bike lanes, and pedestrian thoroughfares, and offers easy access to key industry and institutional players along with an unparalleled array of amenities. It runs from Downtown on the north end, south through Midtown, the Museum District and the Texas Medical Center.   

South Main Innovation District

Rice University is currently developing a new innovation district in Midtown. Housed on a 9.4-acre site anchored by a former Sears building, the hub will bring the area's entrepreneurial, corporate and academic communities together. The nucleus of the South Main Innovation District will be The Ion, a 270,000-square-foot structure that will serve as a collaborative space serving businesses at all stages of innovation lifecycle. A number of groups including the nonprofit Houston Exponential will take up residence in the development once it's complete.

Houston Exponential

Houston Exponential is a dynamic organization that serves, organizes, champions and grows the region’s innovation ecosystem. HX is accelerating the development of Houston’s innovation economy, fostering a robust ecosystem that supports high-growth, high-impact startups. HX was created by the Greater Houston Partnership’s Innovation Round Table, Mayor Turner’s Innovation and Technology Task Force, and the Houston Technology Center. By convening the ecosystem, helping to build an innovation district in Houston, attracting talent to the region and promoting Houston’s image, both locally and nationally, as a vibrant, innovative economy where startups thrive, we will bolster Houston’s innovation ecosystem and drive the region to become a top 10 startup ecosystem.

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Aerospace & Aviation

USMCA Day

This full-day conference on September 1 explores how the newly instituted United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will impact energy, tech, aerospace, exports and global trade with insights from business leaders. This event will feature a keynote address from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. Additional speakers include:  The Honorable Sylvester Turner, Mayor, City of Houston Kevin Brady, U.S. Representative, Texas 8th Congressional District Mark Wesley Menezes, United States Under Secretary of Energy  Stan Chapman, Chairman TC Pipelines, Executive Vice President and President, U.S. Natural Gas Pipelines Alicia Kerber, Consul General, Consulate General of Mexico Rachel McCormick, Consul General, Consulate of Canada Kimberly Reed, Chairman and President, Export-Import Bank of the United States Bobby Tudor, Chairman, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.  Mike Gold, Associate Administrator for International and Interagency Relations, NASA Carlos Noriega Romero, Chief Executive Officer, Bancomext Amy Chronis, Managing Partner, Deloitte Graciela Márquez Colín, Secretary of Economy, Government of Mexico  Major General Rodolfo Rodriguez Quezada, President, FAMEX Steve Clarke, Division Vice President, Jacobs Engineering  George Y. Gonzalez, Partner, Hayes and Boone and Chair of International Advisory Committee These expert panels will address the political, economic and business implications behind the new agreement including:  The State of USMCA’s Entry into Force Energy Integration for North American Energy Dominance The Future of Innovation in the Americas From Nose to Tail to Space: North American Aerospace Ingenuity Mitigating Risk: Tools to Drive North American Exports

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