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Your Hometown Chamber Markets the East End!

The Houston East End Chamber produced Advantage East End, a professionally developed DVD showcasing the Port of Houston, East End business and commerce, historic sites, and historic and new additions to our fabulous neighborhoods. This engaging DVD is used to market the East End to the world. Relocation prospects, economic development groups and international visitors have the opportunity to view a firsthand look at the uniqueness and flavor of the East End. This impressive economic development tool offers companies interested in relocation an opportunity to experience the quality of life in our community and establishes that THE SUN RISES FIRST IN HOUSTON’S EAST END!

Partnerships begin in the East End!

The East End Chamber, working in close cooperation with the City of Houston’s Brownfield Development program, announced its first East End Brownfield clean-up in 2008. Taking advantage of federal monies provided through grants by the EPA, a Chamber member received financial assistance to clean up a Brownfield. Plans are to keep this a Greenfield to be utilized for future expansion. Brownfields are also an excellent opportunity for new mixed use development and parks. The East End was the birth of business and we have Brownfields primed and ready for new development. Click on this link for more information on Brownfield remediation and opportunities: Making Brownfield Green.

Relationship Building the East End Chamber way!

Creating opportunities for business expansion or helping to connect small business to large business, the Chamber is the leading economic development expert! Small business can gain access to big business at Chamber events, committee meetings or by dropping in the Chamber office. East End giants give small business an opportunity to develop relationships to help give them an economic boost. Businesses needing assistance with their planned expansion look to the East End Chamber for a wealth of information. Your East End Chamber’s Economic Development department is just the place to help business achieve success! Assistance is just a phone call away with the latest demographic information, GIS services, and commercial real estate analysis. The ever important financial incentives for that new business or expanding business can be customized to assist business when adding jobs, expanding a facility or adding capital improvements. Access to experts from the State of Texas is part of the team ready to help your business grow! Business expansion takes every shape and form and a single referral can dramatically change the lifeline of business!

Economic Incubator nestled in the East End!

A key component to economic development is the growth of small to mid-sized business. Micheal Palmer, Senior Vice President with CBRE, identified an emerging economic incubator in the heart of the East End. Bordered with warehousing and logistics companies and close to the Port of Houston, with easy access to major highways, this collection of mid-sized companies is the future business expansion in the East End.

The East End Retail Marketplace thrives in Houston’s East End!

Wulfe & Company’s redevelopment of Gulfgate Center has paid great dividends for the area. In 2008, Gulfgate added three new stores, Best Buy, Shoe Carnival and The Party Store and Staples will open in early 2009. Retail giant Ed Wulfe recognizes that the East End continues to be a retailer’s dream. New residential development exploded in 2008; 22 new residential pockets in East Downtown and growth in the historic neighborhoods of the East End continue to draw buyers to Gulfgate and other retail markets. An expansive array of restaurants and quaint shops offer something for everyone. Lovett’s new retail marketplace at Harrisburg & Lockwood is coming soon, beginning with CVS Pharmacy to open in 2009. Plans are in the works to attract new major anchors looking East! The Chamber’s Economic Development Department is working hard to help developers in the East End attract retailers ready to serve the diverse community that is the East End!

METRO’s new rail line currently under construction along Harrisburg can be the catalyst to bring in new retail development. Cities such as Dallas have enjoyed robust retail and commercial development along their rail corridors and the East End has lofty goals to make sure that the Harrisburg rail line complements existing business while creating new opportunities! New arts groups have already discovered the uniqueness and flavor of the East End; contemporary arts groups, dance academies, arts and craft venues have found their niche in the East End’s vintage collection of warehouses. Museums recognize the potential and part of the economic development initiative for 2009 is to create the East End’s very own museum district. The Houston Film Commission can be seen in the East End making good use of high ceilings, eclectic venues only found in Houston’s East End!

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