Houston Metropolitan Chamber
Our Business Corridors:
- Galleria/ Post Oak/ Uptown: The Galleria area of Houston is a unique urban environment – outside of downtown yet still centrally located. This area combines a thriving business district, acclaimed retail stores, luxury hotels, condominium and apartment complexes, upscale residential neighborhoods, and Houston’s natural beauty to create a vibrant community. The area’s high-rise offices and hotels, fine restaurants, and retail centers (such as the world-famous Galleria mall) host 200,000 office workers, shoppers and out-of-town visitors every day. This bustling commercial scene is dotted with lovely homes and landscaped public spaces such as Memorial Park, which boasts a fine public golf course, tennis courts, jogging and biking trails, and baseball fields.
- Texas Medical Center/ Rice Village: This area is one of the most vibrant and exciting in Houston, and is home to the world-famous Texas Medical Center and the renowned Rice University. Both of these institutions are next to Hermann Park and the Museum District. The new Metro Light Rail line connects this area to Reliant Center to the south and downtown Houston to the north. The Texas Medical Center, covering more than 700 acres, accommodates about five million patient visits a year. Patients come from Houston and all over the world for the excellent medical care and the cutting-edge research. With a combined budget of $4.6 billion for its member institutions, the center has an $11.5 billion indirect impact on Houston’s economy. Nearly 80,000 jobs are tied to the area around Texas Medical Center and Rice Village. Rice University, located across the street from the medical center, is a prestigious nationally recognized institution offering a distinguished faculty, low student-teacher ratio, and a high number of National Merit Scholars. A $2.5 billion endowment allows Rice University to compete with the best of the Ivy League schools.
- Greenway Plaza: Greenway Plaza, a small sliver of Houston on the Southwest Freeway between the Loop and Kirby, is well known in Houston for its concentration of gleaming office towers that are experiencing high occupancy. Within the boundaries of Greenway Plaza, 755 businesses employ over 25,000 people. These businesses include financial institutions, law firms, accounting firms, real estate development companies, and many more. The area also boasts exclusive apartment complexes, hotel properties, a 24-screen movie theater, a senior assisted living center, and several major retail shopping centers have opened in the past few years.
- Reliant Park/ South Main and The Loop: The Reliant Park area is enjoying a period of expansion and renovation with new restaurants and retailers attracting a growing number of customers. Several new large-scale construction and mass transit projects are complete, and the area is reestablishing itself as a preeminent entertainment and convention site. Reliant Park is a world-class entertainment and convention center site composed of four venues – Reliant Stadium, a 69,500-seat indoor stadium; Reliant Center, a convention and exposition facility covering 1.4 million square feet; Reliant Arena, a venue for smaller arena events; and Reliant Astrodome, the world famous indoor stadium that is slated to be transformed into a convention center/hotel. Reliant Stadium is home to the Houston Texans NFL team. Reliant Park is the home of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the largest indoor rodeo in the world. This event gives millions of dollars annually in scholarship money to thousands of children across the country. To connect this exciting area to other important areas in Houston, the Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO) opened a 7.5-mile light rail system in 2004. It stretches from the north side of downtown to south of Reliant Park. Clean electricity powers this line, eliminating pollution from thousands of bus and car trips. The line offers services between the University of Houston-Downtown, downtown Houston, Midtown, Rice University, the Texas Medical Center, and Reliant Park.
- Meyerland Center: The 1990s revival of Meyerland Plaza, on 59 acres at South Loop and Beechnut, brought 927,000 square feet of new shopping space to Meyerland, and a recent resurgence in building new stores brings the total area to nearly 963,000 square feet. The plaza includes a variety of 50 shops and restaurants including Circuit City and Office Max. The area continues to experience growth with new stores opening continuously.