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Houston State of the Market 2018

Why We Never Stood a Chance at Winning Amazon's HQ2, How We Win HQ3, and Defeating Stormwater in 2018 and Beyond

Event Ended On: Tuesday June 5 2018

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Events Speakers and Panels

Keynote Interview with Welcome Wilson Sr. & Jr.

The Early Days of Houston's Real Estate

Welcome Wilson Sr.
Keynote

Welcome Wilson Sr.

Chairman of the Board, Welcome Group
Welcome Wilson Jr.
Moderator

Welcome Wilson Jr.

President & CEO, Welcome Group

Why We Never Stood A Chance: Amazon's HQ2

A Market Evaluation, How To Score HQ3, Our 5-Year Vision, What It Takes To Get There

​Darrell Betts

​Darrell Betts

Principal, Capital Markets Group, Avison Young

Winning The War on Stormwater

Getting Answers, Tackling Stormwater Head On, Actionable Strategies for 2018 and Beyond

Charlie Penland

Charlie Penland

Senior Principal & Director of Civil Engineering, Walter P Moore
Steve Albert
Moderator

Steve Albert

Principal, SHERWOOD DESIGN ENGINEERS

Agenda

Time Activity
8:30 AM
8:50 AM
Keynote Interview
7:30 AM
8:30 AM
Registration, Breakfast & Pre-Panel Networking
8:50 AM
9:25 AM
Why We Never Stood A Chance: Amazon's HQ2
Market Forcast & Future of Houston
9:25 AM
9:30 AM
Interactive Q&A with the Panel
9:30 AM
10:20 AM
Winning The War on Stormwater
10:20 AM
10:25 AM
Interactive Q&A with the Panel
10:25 AM
11:00 AM
More Networking!

Venue/Parking

The Westin Memorial City
945 Gessner Road
Houston, Texas 77024

Ballroom: Wisteria Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Parking Information: $8-Event Self-Parking / $12- Event Valet

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Event Summary

Houston,

the most populous city in Texas, is known for its booming businesses and building opportunities, unique convergence of industries, oil

and gas, accelerated growth, and diversity. But the truth is, Houston isn't where it could be. And there is no better evidence than being cut from Amazon's HQ2 shortlist. Knowing that Austin and Dallas made the cut stings, but it's time for us to crack down on why we

never stood a chance at winning HQ2
, and what we as a city need to do to win an HQ3.

Despite Andy Icken, Mayor Sylvester, and the City of Houston's

efforts to woo Jeff Bezos, Houston fell short - big time. Join us for a deep dive into Houston's shortfalls and the pressing initiatives the city must take to turn itself around for 2019. One of Houston's unavoidable downfalls is its flooding and inability to deal with it. This must change. Mayor Turner

has taken a new, aggressive

stance on flooding regulations as a

new proposal

requiring more strict building regulations was voted into effect beginning of April. While many agree taking these preventative measures are a necessary step forward, developers in particular worry about

increasing building costs, which will push out and re-shape Houston's development landscape. Many are also worried about the integrity of the Addicks and Barker dams, whose failure could leave a large portion of Houston under extreme flooding. Join us, and the city's most knowledgeable engineers, developers, city officials, and Harvey heroes (yes, Jeff Lindner) to

find out how drastic the development landscape is going to change from June onwards. You won't want to miss this. As always,

we'll have plenty of coffee, breakfast, and time for networking!

1. Houston never stood a chance at hosting Amazon's HQ2. How should our city change, adapt, and invest to be an HQ3 contender?

2. How is Houston perceived by big money capitals across the US? How do we rise and become a major competing city?

3. As property taxes increase to meet costs for bayou drainage projects and buyouts, how has Houston's flooding problem become a money problem?

4. Houston needs to diversify its economy, improve its infrastructure, and build its tech culture to ever compete as a world-class city. How can Houston get there in the next 5 years?

5. Other than the new flood regulations, what actionable strategies is the city of Houston taking to prevent future flood destruction?

6. Does Houston need zoning regulations?