A building, a concept and a mindset, “The Ion” in Houston will be the centerpiece of an innovation district within an innovation corridor emerging to foster, focus and support technology, ideas, startups and established enterprise.
 
The public-private initiative to bolster Houston’s innovation economy – or ecosystem, in tech-development speak – has buy-in from a network of the city’s academic institutions, entrepreneurial and business communities, and civic leadership.
 
At Urban Land Institute Houston’s 2019 spring conference held this week, an estimated 300 of the region’s real estate and land use leaders had an opportunity to hear more about the district’s inaugural project, which kicks off in May, and the long-term impact of the broader framework along the four-mile innovation corridor.
 
The ULI Houston keynote program featured Allison Thacker, president and chief investment officer at Rice Management Co. RMC stewards the university’s $6.3 billion endowment and owns the 16 contiguous acres forming the district.
 
Located in Midtown, the district sits on Main Street between downtown and the Texas Medical Center, within three miles of five universities, on a Metro transit line and near an intersection of freeways.