Greenspoint District Staff Join Area Leaders to Support Education Enhancement Program

The new program, coined the North Harris County Education Alliance, (NHCEA), is centered on the principle that education begins long before a child ever steps into a classroom. The initiative seeks to bring together leaders from business, community and education to support the success of every child throughout their entire education path, from cradle to career.

NHCEA has identified and is focused on five key segments that cover every aspect of a child’s learning.

  • Ready for School seeks to ensure that children enter kindergarten ready to succeed.
  • Ready for Intermediate School seeks to guarantee children are able to demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing and math.
  • Ready for High School seeks to ensure youth demonstrate proficiency in reading and math.
  • Ready for College seeks to guarantee students graduate high school with proficiency in English and math.
  • Ready for Career seeks to ensure graduates enroll in college and complete a post-secondary program.

After prioritizing these key segments, NHCEA has chosen to begin working with the Ready for School initiative to increase the percentage of children participating in quality pre-kindergarten programs and increase proficiency in math to ensure students are Ready for College and Career. In order to move forward with this initiative, NHCEA has organized two Collaborative Action Networks (CANs) comprised of volunteers from the community.

Several Greenspoint District staff members are taking part in this initiative. District President Jerry Lowry sits on the North Harris County Education Alliance Council. District Chief Development Officer Regina Lindsey is part of the Ready for College and Career CAN, and District Director of Marketing and Public Affairs Melanie Tumbleson participates in the Ready for School CAN.

“The District works with several higher education institutions in the area and is well aware of the need for a solid base to ensure students are adequately equipped for college,” Lowry said. “This initiative allows us to work with other community leaders to develop this foundation.

This story originally ran in the February edition of our general Greenspoint newsletter which features news about District amenities, attractions and activities. To subscribe to this bimonthly newsletter, click here

Economic Development Business Retention and Expansion Program Spotlighted in February

The 6,000 businesses and nearly 65,000 employees in Greenspoint are fundamental to the vitality of North Houston. It is the goal of the Greenspoint District staff to ensure that all of those companies have access to the resources they need in order to be successful.

The District supplements services provided by the City of Houston and Harris County for economic development, infrastructure, marketing and public safety. From navigating government processes to facilitating new traffic lights and providing public safety resources, the Greenspoint District offers a wide range of value-added services funded through annual commercial property tax assessments. All companies in Greenspoint pay the assessment directly or indirectly – as a property owner or as a building tenant through a lease agreement.

To ensure that the Greenspoint District continues to deliver services that meet local companies’ needs, we regularly seek feedback from area business leaders through the District’s Growing Greenspoint Program. Through these visits, we aim to address current or potential obstacles and provide valuable assistance.

District Staff and several volunteers with partner organizations kicked off the 2015 program with a Business Visit Blitz during the first two weeks in February. The concentrated effort was a success that resulted in 31 company visits. Concerns identified during these visits ranged from companies looking for additional space to workforce development. District staff is now hard at work making sure the identified obstacles are being addressed. A second Business Visit Blitz is scheduled to take place Sept. 28 through Oct. 9.

If your business could benefit from a visit with someone from the District, please contact Toby Stephens at 281-874-2134 or tstephens@greenspoint.org.

This story originally ran in the February edition of our general Greenspoint newsletter which features news about District amenities, attractions and activities. To subscribe to this bimonthly newsletter, click here

GBCC Receives Funding For Project Following Six-Year Advocacy Campaign

North Houston Association recently released an exciting update regarding Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition’s (GBCC) Greens Bayou Flood Damage Reduction project receiving new start construction status from the U.S. government.

Below is the story released by the North Houston Association in their regular newsletter.

GBCC has exciting news about recently obtained funding and projects. Just last week GBCC learned that the Greens Bayou Flood Damage Reduction project – from Veterans Memorial Drive to Cutten Road – in the West Reach of Greens Bayou has been selected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as one of four projects nationwide to receive new start construction status. Because of support from numerous local organizations, legislators, and a six-year advocacy campaign, the project will receive federal funding of $8 million in 2015 to kick off a total infrastructure investment to our community of $55 million over the next several years. Harris County Flood Control will be the local sponsor/partner for this vital infrastructure project.

Foreign Investors See Value in Houston

The Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE) recently released their annual survey which ranks countries and major cities where foreign investors plan to place investments.

For the second consecutive year, the U.S. tops the list for foreign investment with 90 percent of respondents planning to either maintain or increase their current U.S. portfolios.

The survey also showed that the U.S. was voted as the most stable and secure country for investment, as well as offering the best opportunity for capital appreciation.

“With a stable and transparent market and an economy that appears to be steadily improving without the fits and starts experienced in other regions, the U.S. has become the first stop for foreign real estate investors,” said Thomas Arnold, Head of Americas – Real Estate Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, and Chairman, AFIRE.

Furthermore, Houston ranked third on a list of U.S. cities in which foreign investors are seeking to invest.

The Greenspoint District, located on Houston’s north side, also benefits greatly from foreign investment.

Several foreign companies have already chosen to locate in the Greenspoint District including Schlumberger, Hapag-Lloyd, QuEST Global Services and Mazak. Additional investments are expected in the future.

The Greenspoint District also has developed strong relationships with officials in several foreign markets, including the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, China, Brazil, India, Russia, Israel and Turkey. District staff regularly participate in trade missions, host international receptions and conduct meetings in the District offices, as well as facilitate Greenspoint District tours.

The survey identified the top five emerging countries for foreign investment this year as: Brazil (last year ranked as No. 2), China (last year ranked as No. 1), Mexico (stayed steady at No. 3 for the second year in a row), Chile and finally Poland (both tied at No. 6 last year).

AFIRE predicts that China will lead the world as the largest source of capital in U.S. projects by 2016.

“With the continued creation of wealth in China, it is not surprising that they, along with other nationalities, are voting with their ‘dollars,’” Arnold said.

When comparing property types for investment, industrial space ranked second among investors’ preferred property type and office as third.

This is good news for the Greenspoint District which offers myriad industrial spaces for companies in the manufacturing industry, as well as office spaces for companies in the logistics, healthcare, finance, real estate, insurance and headquarters industries.

Lone Star College Leads Texas Community College Systems in Growth

North Houston Association recently released statistics showing that Lone Star College system in now ranked as the fastest community college system in Texas.

Below is the story released by the North Houston Association in their regular update.

Credit student enrollment at Lone Star College grew by 6 percent from fall 2012 to fall 2013, making it the fastest growing community college system in Texas. That percentage of enrollment growth is based on a study from Community College Week magazine which analyzed data from the U.S. Department of Education. More than 242,000 people are expected to move into the LSC region by 2019, raising the overall population to 2.55 million. LSC is the choice for area high school graduates with more than 5,800 attending LSC in fall 2013, 10 times the number of students who chose the University of Houston and six times the number of students who enrolled in Texas A&M University. LSC was also recently rated the number one community college system in Texas by RateMyProfessors.com/ Schools are rated in categories such as quality, reputation, location and student happiness.

The ABCs of Successful Business: K is for Key Market Sectors

The Greenspoint District has identified several key market sectors based on the strengths and opportunities the area has to offer. These sectors include: energy; logistics; health care; finance, insurance and real estate; professional services; manufacturing; management; technology and headquarters.

Greenspoint is home to more than 100 energy-related companies included ExxonMobil, Shell, Schlumberger, Halliburton and Baker Hughes. QuEST Global, a world-wide engineering services provider, recently opened a new 8,500 square foot engineering center to meet the rising demands for engineering services in the oil and gas industry.

The Greenspoint District’s convenient location with easy acccess to multiple transportation corridors lends itself to being a perfect location for companies in the logistics industry. Within a one-day drive time, Greenspoint businesses can connect with more than 60 million people in the mid-south United States and northeastern states of Mexico. Hapag-Lloyd, Ceva, DHL, Moran and GAC are just a few companies who use a Greenspoint District location as an easy access point for moving product around the world.

The area is picking up momentum in the health care sector as availability and convenience become deciding factors for health care selection. In August 2013, Texas Children’s Health Plan opened its largest clinic outside of the Medical Center with the Texas Children’s Health Plan’s The Center for Children and Women at Greenspoint. UT Physicians also will be opening a new clinic in the are in the coming months. Other healthcare-related companies that call Greenspoint home are HealthHelp, Pinnacle and Epic Medstaff.

Greenspoint District also has seen an increase in the number of food distribution companies locating here, again citing the area’s location and proximity to major thoroughfares as a main advantage. Sysco Food Services is the anchor tenant at Pinto Business Park with a 600,000-square-foot office and distribution center. In addition, Houston’s third largest employer, Grocers Supply is currently constructing a 1.2 million-square-foot facility at Pinto. They plan to consolidate some operations including their produce warehouse, meat facility and banana warehouse. The company also will eventually relocate their headquarters to the new facility.

The Greenspoint District sits at the crossroads of the region’s fiber optic infrastructure, making it an ideal location for technology companies. Last April, Data Foundry broke ground on a new 350,000-square-foot data center in Greenspoint. Houston 2 data center will be a purpose-built data center fit with 60 megawatts of power capability. Technology and professional companies such as Jones & Carter, Fibertown, Level 3 and Aster also benefit from a Greenspoint location.

The District also is home to several companies in the finance, insurance and real estate sectors including CitiFinancial, CIBC World Markets and Hartford Lloyd’s.

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

Lennar Homes Locating Headquarters in Greenspoint

If everything goes according to schedule, Lennar Homes’ new 69,000-square-foot build-to-suit headquarters facility in Greens Crossing Office Park will deliver in October of this year.

KDC and Sarofim Realty Advisors broke ground on the facility last November across the street from the current Lennar offices. The new office space will house employees from Lennar, Village Builders, Friendswood Development Co., Universal American Mortgage Co., and North American Title Co., according to the Houston Business Journal.

The company was first looking for space in an already existing property, but decided to build in order to suit its planned 5,000-square-foot design center, which will showcase Village Builders latest home products.

Other features are being installed in the property to improve the workday of employees. Workers will be able to utilize the walking trail and appreciate the landscaping being installed around the adjacent five-acre detention pond.

This story originally ran in the January 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 bimonthly newsletter, click here

KTR Capital Partners Breaks Ground on Industrial Development in Greenspoint

Greens Commerce Center, a 213,128 square-foot-facility, will be located at the northwest corner of I-45 and Beltway 8 South. KTR Capital Partners began construction in November after acquiring the 18.85 acres of land in July. Plans are for a Class A, cross-dock building that will feature four separate storefronts, 32-foot clearance height, 155 parking spaces, secured truck courts and adjacent outside storage lots.

“This acquisition presented a terrific opportunity to acquire a well-located development parcel along the highly-desirable Beltway 8 Corridor in North Houston,” Mace McClatchy, vice president of investments for KTR, said. “The proposed flexible building design, which can be demised to accommodate medium and smaller sized users, appeals to the vast majority of tenants seeking modern Class A space in the North and Northwest submarkets of Houston.”

This story originally ran in the January 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 bimonthly newsletter, click here

Alfa Laval Adds to Tenant List in Greenspoint’s Pinto Business Park

Dirt continues to fly in Greenspoint as companies choose Pinto Business Park’s prime location. The latest tenant to ink a deal in the 900-acre park is Alfa Laval Inc., a U.S.-based subsidiary of the Swedish-based Alfa Laval AB.

Alfa Laval manufactures equipment, systems and technology specifically designed to handle heat transfer, separation and fluid handling.

The company’s new facility will include 25,000 square feet of Class A office space to house 150 employees, as well as 80,000 square feet of manufacturing space.

The Pinto Park building, which is expected to be complete in Q2 2015, will allow the company to consolidate its three separate Houston locations into one building.

This story originally ran in the January 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 bimonthly newsletter, click here