Greenspoint District Works to Build Relationship with Chinese Economic Development District

Staff from Greenspoint District recently traveled to China where they met with representatives from TEDA, the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area in Tianjin, China to discuss a possible sister district relationship.

TEDA is the main free market zone in Binhai, Tianjin, China. It was formed in late 1984 with the approval of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. It is one of the first state-class economic-technological development areas in the country. TEDA borders the Bohai Sea, and is comprised of nearly 13 square miles of planned development area, three subzones and a micro-electronics industrial park. The region contains a port, office buildings, urban residential areas and a large transportation network. Currently, there are more foreign businesses in TEDA than all of Shanghai.

Greenspoint District and TEDA share the mission of creating economically sustainable development. Additional similarities include comparable affiliations with the various levels of government entities in their respective countries, and receiving funding from tax revenue. TEDA is one of China’s largest economic and technological development zones as well as the Asia-Pacific region. A collaborative arrangement is a natural fit for both areas.

Chief Development Officer for Greenspoint District Regina Lindsey hope the two districts can become allies and work together on foreign direct investment opportunities in both China and the United States. TEDA currently has offices in New York and Chicago.

This story originally ran in the July edition of Site Solutions, Greenspoint District’s bimonthly newsletter featuring stories about business deals as well as company news from the District’s office, industrial and data center community. To subscribe to this bimontly newsletter, click here

Summer Brings New Developments to Greenspoint’s Parks

Throughout the Greenspoint District, there are more than 30 acres of designated green space across six-multi-purpose parks, several pockets parks and a growing trails system. We continue to work to enhance these parks and trails to improve the quality of life for our residents and employees here during the day.

Thomas R. Wussow Park 

New playground structures resembling trees and rocks will soon replace the 12-year-old spray ground at Thomas R. Wussow Park on Greens Road. The new nature-themed equipment will add unique elements to the park and will be ideal for climbing, scaling and dynamic play.

Work to remove the spray ground has begun, and the new playground is expected to be ready for children to enjoy by the end of August.

Jack Drake Park 

In an article in our last newsletter, we mentioned that Bradfield Park would be developed in conjunction with the Statewide Transportation Enhancement Program (STEP) trail soon to be under construction.

In May, the District’s Board of Directors officially named the new park “Jack Drake Park” in honor of the District’s former president Jack Drake. He served in that position from the District’s founding in August 1991 until his retirement in December 2012.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission announced that the Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition (GBCC), a partner in the development of Jack Drake Park, was awarded a trail grant. GBCC’s proposal was one of 38 selected out of 82 project proposals submitted for trail projects across the state. GBCC will receive $98,280 to develop features of the park, including a decomposed granite trail within the park, as well as, signs, parking, benches and a bike rack. The park will be the trailhead for the Greenspoint STEP trail system and will feature native species and habitat restoration. It is expected to be completed in 2015 following construction of the STEP trail.

*This story originally appeared in the June edition of our bi-monthly newsletter. To subscribe to our newsletters, click here

Greenspoint District Staff Members are Here to Help

The Greenspoint District was created to ensure the economic prosperity of the area and enhance the quality of life for area employees and residents. District staff advocate for Greenspoint by partnering with public and private sectors to provide services and amenities that attract and retain businesses and enhance property values. While some services are coordinated by District staff, others are facilitated through a partnership with various public area agencies.

Listed below are the most common needs that arise in the District and the contact information for the person who can help in each instance.

Economic Development 

Contact Regina Lindsey at 281-874-2137 or rlindsey@greenspoint.org for:

  • Available sites or facilities
  • Coordinating site visits
  • Connections and assistance for foreign firms expanding to Greenspoint
  • Help identifying and applying for business incentives
  • Providing contacts and introductions at all levels of government
  • Assistance navigating construction permitting process

Contact Toby Stephens at 281-874-2134 or tstephens@greenspoint.org for:

  • Market data and demographics
  • Commercial real estate information and metrics
  • Business planning and expansion assistance
  • Qualified workforce identification
  • Project impact reports
  • Existing workforce training
  • Utility services coordination
  • Targeted market analysis and research
  • Community services coordination
  • Export/import assistance

Contact Sally Bradford at 281-877-9952 or sbradford@greenspoint.org for:

  • Information on incentives of the Greater Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority and Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone 

Safety & Crime Prevention

Contact Al Aranda at 281-874-2128 or aaranda@greenspoint.org for:

  • Speaker/trainer for employee and tenant safety meetings
  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) inspection of facilities
  • Greenspoint Public Safety Center information

Maintenance 

Contact Bart Baker at 281-874-2140 or bbaker@greenspoint.org for:

  • Information on road construction and infrastructure projects
  • Greenspoint street signs

Contact Treena Dockery at 281-874-2146 or tdockery@greenspoint.org for:

  • Maintenance issues at District parks and trails

If you can’t find what you are look for here, you can always reach out to us at our main office number at 281-874-2131.

311 Houston Serices and Information Helpline Puts City Government at Your Fingertips 

While the Greenspoint District provides various services, the City of Houston is responsible for resolving many common issues in the area. The 311 Houston Service and Information Helpline is designed to put City government at your fingertips. From traffic fines and sewer concerns to pothole problems and neighborhood complaints, you have one contact for information on city services and to report non-emergency concerns.

The main component of the 311 Houston Service Helpline is the three-digit phone number, accessible from within the Houston city limits. Houstonians can call 311 ans speak to an agent 24/7. From outside the City of Houston, callers simply dial 713-837-0311. Residents can report problems online as well by submitting a Self Service Request form available at www.houston311.org or by using the 311 smartphone app for iPhone and Android.

Following is a sample of the information and service requests available through 311:

Animals & Pets – Report a problem animal; dead animal pickup

Garbage, Recycling & Graffiti – Trash; recycling; yard waste; trash in public/dumping; graffiti removal

Licensing and Permitting Fees, Fines and Taxes – Municipal courts; franchise fees; commercial permits; State of Texas general tax information

Traffic, Streets and Drainage – Maintenance and repairs; parking violations; public transportation

Utilities – water sewer, electric, gas

311 continues to increase its functionality by adding new Service Request types on the website and more channels of communication such as chat and texting, which are expected to come online in the near future.

District’s Board of Directors’ Chair Wins Award

The Chair of Greenspoint District’s Board of Directors, Michelle Wogan, recently was named a 2014 Heavy Hitter by the Houston Business Journal (HBJ). Wogan, executive vice president at Transwestern received the designation for her part in representing Unum Group in the 2013 sale of 106,000 square feet at Heritage Park.

Wogan took office as Chair in January 2014. She previously served as the vice chair of the Board of Directors for 15 years and the chair of the Marketing and Public Affairs Committee for 18 years. She joined both Board and committee in 1996.

The Board of Directors’ purpose is to consider, discuss and adopt orders, resolutions or motions and to take other direct and indirect actions as may be necessary, convenient or desirable with respect to matters brought to their attention by the staff of the Greenspoint District.

The District relies on the Board of Directors and the various committees for guidance and resources in working to guarantee that Greenspoint continues to be a prosperous and rewarding place to live and work.

We thank all of the members of the Board of Directors for their dedicated service to the Greenspoint District and congratulate Michelle Wogan on her most recent accolade.

The ABCs of Successful Business: G is for George Bush Intercontinental Airport

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is just a 10-minute drive from the Greenspoint District, which equates to significant cost and convenience advantages for companies located in the area. The largest of three airports in the Houston Airport System, IAH boasts 700 daily departures and is the 11th busiest airport in the U.S. Nonstop service is available to 116 U.S. and 69 foreign destinations. There are nearly 70 direct international destinations to 38 countries. Millions of passengers are served by 21 airline carriers based around the world annually.

IAH offers service to more Mexican destinations than any other airport in the United States. A traveler from IAH can be in any of the Latin American capitals within three to eight hours.

The Global Entry program is available at IAH. Through this initiative, pre-approved, low-risk travelers entering the U.S. from any of 37 participating airports receive expedited clearance.

The IAH CargoCenter is the largest federal inspection service facility in the U.S., spanning more than 120 acres. It features a one-stop shop for federal inspection services for cargo clearance, including a full-service inspection facility for quick certification of foreign animals, plants and seeds and parking for 20 wide-body freighter aircraft. The IAH CargoCenter is served by 13 all-cargo airlines and more than 900 freight forwarders. Houston is the 10 largest U.S. gateway for international air cargo trade, and the center has land earmarked for future expansion to accommodate more cargo.

The Greenspoint District’s proximity to IAH allows companies here to be globally connected with ease and convenience. Fore more information about IAH, visit the Houston Airport System‘s website.