2020 March POINT!

Similar community challenges—and opportunities Like Oklahoma City, Houston also has a close economic tie to the oil and gas industry. It wasn’t in the 1990’s that Houston attempted to diversify their economy. One area of focus is medical and bioscience innovation. With a natural tie to the Texas Medical Center, Houston is boosting its innovation ecosystem through programs like TMC Innovation Institute, an organization that connects entrepreneurs and innovators with the member institutions of the Texas Medical Center. Chamber members at the Board of Advisor level and up are invited to attend the InterCity Visit each year. To attend the next trip in 2020, contact your membership manager or Sunny Cearley, Chamber vice president of membership, at scearley@okcchamber.com or 405-297-8948.

of Houston depends on making sure that opportunities for prosperity extend beyond white America. “If Houston does not prepare its African American and Hispanic communities to succeed, then Houston will not be successful,” Klineberg said. Houston’s development of a downtown park was another area of study for the Oklahoma City delegation. During the MAPS 3 campaign in 2009, the Chamber took Oklahoma City leaders on a site visit of Discovery Green, Houston’s downtown park that opened next to their convention center in April 2008. In the 10+ years since Discovery Green has been open, Houston’s downtown development has soared. New hotels next to the park have opened, downtown housing is booming, and the downtown districts are becoming more walkable and connected by transit options.

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