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District Celebrates 25 Years of Partnerships and Progress

The District recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with a reception reuniting community and business leaders, from the past and present, whose work has led to notable improvements in the community since the organization’s creation in 1991. 

District President Greg Simpson, who celebrated his one-year anniversary in August, kicked off the evening by welcoming approximately 200 guests who all share a connection to the north Houston area. “Just as those early milestones were reached thanks to your collective efforts, we know that our success in the next 25 years depends on the support and partnership of the people in this room,” Simpson said.

Simpson was joined by the man credited with being the District’s founder, Tom Wussow, former executive with Exxon Land Development, Inc. and Friendswood Development Company. “In the beginning a very good man had a vision,” said Jack Drake, who served as the District’s president for its first 22 years, about Wussow. “His company had been part of building a Greenspoint office complex and he was committed to further improvements for the area,” Drake added. “Serving this community and being your partner was the best of my work life.”

Continuing the emphasis on partnership, elected officials recognized the District for collaborative efforts with local government through the years. Proclamations were delivered by representatives from Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and State Senator Sylvia Garcia. “Every one of you has given your time, skill and knowledge to help the District achieve all it has. We look forward to building the next 25 years – together,” Simpson said as he closed the program.

Created by the Texas Legislature, the District is a municipal entity created to support economic prosperity for Greenspoint’s businesses and improve quality of life for its employees and residents. The District’s 12-square-mile service area includes more than 4,000 businesses, 72,000 employees and 112,000 residents. A few of the noteworthy projects resulting from District advocacy and partnerships include the Public Safety Center at Greenspoint Mall, a branded signage and wayfinding system, seven public parks, and a trail system along Greens Bayou. The organization was also instrumental in the creation of the Greater Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority, which oversees the area’s Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone, and the Greens Bayou Coalition.

To view an album of the District’s anniversary celebration, visit our Facebook page.

New Name Highlights Location, Structure for a North Houston Management District

On the heels of celebrating its 25th anniversary, the management district serving the community at the intersection of Interstate 45 and the North Sam Houston Parkway is changing its name to better reflect the area’s location and composition. As of Oct. 1, Greenspoint District is now the North Houston District.

“Our new name reflects a change that is already naturally occurring in the market,” said Greg Simpson, District president. “Many of our businesses strongly identify with a north Houston location, with some even using it as part of an official name. Our companies recognize the advantages of a close proximity to the airport and a central location between other activity centers like downtown and The Woodlands,” Simpson added.

Being located at the intersection of two major freeways, the North Houston District promotes access to the greater Houston region as one of its major selling points. However, these freeways divide the community into quadrants that are developing differently.

“When people think of this area, they typically focus on our northeast quadrant that includes Greenspoint Mall and some of our Class A office space,” said Bart Baker, the District’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. “But developments in our southwest quadrant, like the announcement of a new Amazon facility in Pinto Business Park, weren’t associated with our community. Since our new name is tied to our overall location and not a property, it will facilitate talking about development and activity throughout our entire service area, not just one section,” states Baker.

After joining the organization in August 2015, Simpson restructured the Greenspoint District team to clarify the focus and goals of the organization moving forward. Now in his second year, he continues to position the organization to support the growth and address the challenges of its transitioning service area.

“This community has undergone many changes over the past 25 years, and this organization has always stood ready to put in the work and build partnerships that have resulted in projects and improvements for the area,” Simpson continued. “Our commitment remains the same and we feel our new name allows us to better share with others what we are today. Even our new logo was designed with the symbolism of our location and quadrants in mind,” said Simpson.

North Houston District staff can still be reached at the same phone number and address. The domain for emails and the Web site has changed to northhouston.org.