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August 2011

Yesterday to Today in the Energy Corridor

Yesterday and TodayOver the past 10 years, the Houston Energy Corridor has gained recognition as a well-planned, high-quality community that integrates regional and metropolitan commercial development.  With the goal to become the world’s premier location for energy-related businesses, the area has experienced continual growth.

What you may not know is the location of the Energy Corridor dates back to Texas pre-revolution times when the San Felipe Trail connected Old Harrisburg to San Felipe on the Brazos River near today’s Interstate 10. The long horse and wagon journey crossed Buffalo Bayou at Wheaton’s Ford, south of the current intersection of Interstate Highway 10 and State Highway 6, now known as the crossroads of the Houston Energy Corridor. A small town named Letitia was platted nearby along Grisby Road. As Henry Addicks served as the first postmaster in 1884, the town was later named “Addicks” in his memory.  Soon after, a MKT rail depot was established near the location of today’s Addicks Park & Ride Lot.

The concept behind the Houston Energy Corridor began in the early 1970s as major employers with growing operations looked to relocate in suburban environments with new housing for additional employees.  Two energy companies, Shell Oil Company and Conoco (now ConocoPhillips), led the way by constructing state-of-the-art campus facilities on Interstate 10 at Dairy-Ashford and Eldridge Parkway, respectively.  Other oil and gas companies quickly followed suit, including Amoco (now BP America) and Exxon Chemicals, USA, as well as a number of energy industry service companies such as M.W. Kellogg, Diamond Offshore and Atwood Oceanics.

As a result of the continued growth, the Texas state government established the Energy Corridor District, also known as Harris County Improvement District #4, in 2001 as a municipal management district at the request of the area’s commercial property owners.  As a municipal management district, the District is responsible for coordinating public and private investment, promoting public safety and improving the quality of life within the area.

Today, the Houston Energy Corridor is the heart of Houston’s oil and gas industry and continues to attract people from around the world with its global employers, award-winning restaurants, beautiful parks and trails and great shopping.

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