Aldine-Greenspoint YMCA Summer Programs in Full Swing

Summer day camp is a staple of the YMCA’s program of summer activities for children. Thirty kids are attending camp each week at Thomas R. Wussow Park in the Greenspoint District. Campers go swimming, go on a weekly field trip and participate in activities at the park focused on sports, team building, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), HEPA (healthy eating and physical activity), arts and crafts, literacy and more.

Summer provides the perfect season for playing sports. Soccer is in full swing, also at Thomas R. Wussow Park. So far, 56 kids have registered. Practices are held on Thursdays with games played on Saturdays. The first game was July 11 and the last game of the season is scheduled for Aug. 15.

The YMCA Achiever’s Program for teens is still in full swing at the North Houston Skate Park. Five teens from the program recently participated in the Freedom Tour field trip, a week-long trip where they visited important Civil Rights landmarks.

Finally, Camp Cullen in Trinity is the perfect place for kids to get away for a week. Fourteen children from the Aldine-Greenspoint YMCA service area participated in a week of camp featuring everything from horseback riding to water sports and a ropes course complete with a zip line. One of the teens from the Achiever’s Program also attended Camp Cullen as part of the Counselors-in-Training program. This program is specifically designed to prepare campers for their future roles as camp counselors but can also help any teen looking to become a better leader in their school and community. In the program, teens learn all aspects of the camp while shadowing various counselors in their current roles.

The ABCs of Successful Business: M is for Metropolitan Area

Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, is home to a population of 6.5 million residents. Of those citizens, 35.5 percent of the population over the age of 25 have attained their associate degree or higher. The Greenspoint District’s labor pool consists of those people living within a 31-minute drive time. That amounts to a population of 2.6 million potential employees for companies in Greenspoint.

The Houston region is extremely well interconnected. This is especially true for the Greenspoint District. The District is strategically positioned within Houston at the crossroads of Interstate 45, which heads north to Dallas, and the North Sam Houston Parkway, which makes a 92-mile loop around the City of Houston. The District’s location also provides access to three other critical north-south corridors (U.S. 290, Interstate 69 and the Hardy Toll Road.) This connectivity allows those working in Greenspoint to access residential communities in Houston as well as every other business center in the region within a convenient and prompt drive time. The District is close to the major suburban living communities like Kingwood (21 miles), The Woodlands (18 miles), Champions Forest (17 miles), and Atascosita (16 miles). Downtown is also just 13 miles away while first-rate shopping in the Galleria is only 19 miles away.

Houston also benefits from being the home of the nation’s fifth best airport among U.S. airports with scheduled non-stop domestic and international service. IAH is just six miles ( a 10-minute drive) from the District. The airport, with more than 650 daily departures, offers nonstop service to 116 U.S. destinations, and nearly 70 direct and nonstop flights to international destinations.

Shipping is also a big component of the Houston economy and landscape thanks to the Port of Houston, the tenth largest port in the world which ranks first in the U.S. in international waterborne tonnage handled, and second in total cargo tonnage handled.

Because of the number of people from different backgrounds calling Houston home, the region is also home to world-class medical, cultural and educational facilities.

The Texas Medical Center (TMC) is the world’s largest medical complex. TMC, 18 miles from Greenspoint, is currently home to:

  • 21 hospitals
  • 13 support organizations
  • eight academic and research institutions
  • six nursing programs
  • three public health organizations
  • three medical schools
  • two universities
  • two pharmacy schools
  • one dental school

More than seven million patients come to the Center for its services, including 16,000 international patients, per year.

The Houston Theater District, 15 miles from Greenspoint, is second only to New York City in the number of performing arts theater seats and is home to a symphony, opera and ballet. Over 20 museums and 60 art galleries are located in the region. Nineteen of those museums are located in the Houston Museum District, just 18 miles from the Greenspoint District.

More than 315,000 students are enrolled in more than 500 degree and certification programs at 100-plus colleges, community colleges, technical and trade schools in the Houston region. The greater Houston area has 14 major institutions of higher learning including:

  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Houston Baptist University
  • Houston Community College System
  • Lone Star College
  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Rice University
  • Sam Houston State University
  • San Jacinto College
  • South Texas College of Law
  • Texas Southern University
  • University of Houston
  • University of Houston – Clear Lake
  • University of Houston – Downtown
  • University of St. Thomas
  • University of Texas Health Science Center

This story originally ran in the May 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

Texas and Houston Named Top Places for Economic Development Activity

The magazine’s annual Gold and Silver Shovel Awards recognize specific states for their overall economic development achievements, specifically company investment and job creation.

Texas received the Gold Shovel award for its efforts, the only state with a population over 12 million to receive such a distinction this year. The state’s diverse economy includes jobs across the manufacturing, technology, and healthcare industries, and this diversification played a significant part in keeping Texas strong despite recent drops in oil prices. Texas entered 2015 with the most job creation among the states, and CEOs have named Texas the best state in the nation for business according to the annual Chief Executive magazine survey.

Houston also favored strongly among cities seen as harbors of economic development activity.

Area Development named the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown MSA as the No. 2 city on a list of 100 leading locations across the U.S. The metropolis also ranked No. 1 on a list of the top 15 cities in the southwestern U.S. The magazine analyzes workforce, economic strength, year-over-year growth and what it calls “recession-busting” attributes to determine its rankings.

The Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown region includes a population of nearly 6.5 million people. Net migration to the area was more than 17,000 people in 2013. A contributing factor to this influx of population was the ability to find a job in Houston. In 2014, more than 120,000 jobs were created across the region, a 4.2 percent increase over the previous year according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, making Houston third in the country for job creation. Mirroring the state’s diverse economic sector base, the Houston MSA is home to companies from the energy, education, healthcare, professional and business services, transportation, utilities, construction, mining, and logging industries, which all saw significant job growth in the past year.

Houston is also a big player in the global economy, with significant trade and export links thanks to its location on the Texas Gulf Coast and the activity out of the Port of Houston and George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).

Greenspoint District benefits from its location in north Houston. The District is home to companies form several different sectors, including over 100 energy-related institutions.

Greenspoint’s labor pool consists of those people living within a 31-minute drive time – 2.6 million potential employees for companies in Greenspoint. Extremely well interconnected, the District is positioned at the cross roads of two of Houston’s most traveled thoroughfares, Interstate 45, which heads north to Dallas, and the North Sam Houston Parkway, which makes a 92-mile loop around the city. Convenient access is also provided to three other critical north-south corridors (U.S. 290, Interstate 69, and the Hardy Toll Road) via the District’s location. This connectivity allows those working in Greenspoint to access both residential communities and every other business center in the region within a convenient and prompt drive time. The region’s largest airport, IAH, is just six miles east of Greenspoint. The airport, with more than 650 daily departures, offers nonstop service to 116 U.S. destinations and nearly 70 direct and nonstop international direct and nonstop international destinations. IAH offers more flights to Mexican destinations than any other U.S. airport. In fact, from IAH, a traveler can be in any Latin American capital within three to eight hours. The Port of Houston, just 22 miles from Greenspoint, the tenth largest port in the world, ranks first in the U.S. in international waterborne tonnage and second in total cargo tonnage handled.

St. Hope Foundation Opens New Health Center in Greenspoint

The new Greenspoint Health Center is located at 255 Northpoint, Suite 200. The new facility features 14 exam rooms, 5 dental exam rooms, a pharmacy, and laboratory diagnostic services (including radiology). The new clinic will also provide psychiatry/behavioral health services as well as clinical research and prevention. All patients will be connected to their physicians and clinical professionals by an electronic health record which will allow them to communicate with their doctor’s office from their computer or mobile device.

St. Hope Foundation is an innovative and federally-qualified community health center offering comprehensive medical, dental, pharmacy and clinical research. The organization offers affordable and quality health care for both insured and uninsured patients.

St. Hope Foundation identified Greenspoint as a key area to focus on because of an overwhelming need to provide quality health care to the vast populations calling the area home.

“The Greenspoint area residents are one of the most medically under-served areas of Houston and the new health center will allow us to provide quality, affordable health care to more than 5,000 individuals in the community,” said Rodney Goodie, chief executive officer of St. Hope Foundation.