ABOUT THE ENERGY CORRIDOR DISTRICT

The Energy Corridor District (District) is an advocate for one of Houston’s premier business centers and destinations. Established in 2001 by the Texas Legislature as Harris County Improvement District #4, The District was created to promote, develop, encourage, maintain employment, commerce, transportation, housing, recreation, arts, entertainment, economic development, safety, and the public welfare within its boundaries.

Home to the headquarters and regional offices of prominent global firms within the energy sector and beyond, the District consists of over 2,000 acres, stretching along IH-10 from Kirkwood Road to west of Barker Cypress Road, and extending south along Eldridge Parkway to south of Briar Forest Drive. The District also offers access to assets such as Buffalo Bayou, Terry Hershey Park, various recreational trails, and adjacency to over 26,000 acres of parks and open space.

The Energy Corridor District’s services are funded through assessments paid by commercial property owners.

Our Mission/Purpose

Our mission is to promote, develop, maintain, and enhance the Energy Corridor District through implementation of projects, services, and initiatives in the realm of public safety, transportation and mobility, infrastructure, streetscape, and economic development. Through active leadership, advocacy, and collaborative efforts, the District works to accelerate area improvements for long-term economic vitality.

Our Vision

The Energy Corridor District is recognized as a premier place to work, live, play, and invest. As a thriving destination and business center, the District is at the forefront of advancing economic vitality through integrated planning efforts and the creation of a safe, accessible, well-maintained, amenitized, and distinctive environment.

The Energy Corridor District’s Core Services and Goals

The District is committed to positively impacting the service area through leadership that collaboratively implements and accelerates projects, services, and initiatives. Our purpose is not to reduce public sector responsibilities, but to leverage public and private resources through partnerships for the purpose of improving and enhancing the District. This commitment is executed through the District’s core services* of:

Advocacy, Economic Development, Leadership, and Marketing

  • Serve as the reliable go-to resource for stakeholders by gathering and maintaining relevant data, facts, and information regarding the District.
  • Proactively represent and advocate for the District’s interests. Foster collaboration and partnerships with city, county, state, and federal elected officials and public agencies to advance key issues, funding, projects, and initiatives.
  • Promote and market the District to stakeholders through development of key messages and implementation of targeted initiatives, communications, and events.
  • Consistently and proactively engage, interact with, and request input from District stakeholders.

Beautification and Maintenance

  • Invest and maintain in quality and manicured landscaping and hardscaping in esplanades and public rights-of-way that features seasonal plantings, native trees, understory, and other elements to enhance the visual appearance and improve curb appeal through consistent professional and sustainable practices. Perform maintenance, including trash and debris removal, irrigation repairs, etc.
  • Invest and maintain, where applicable, sidewalks, crosswalks, curbs, bike lanes, and similar within public rights-of-way; coordinate investments and/or maintenance with the appropriate entities (public agency, property owner, etc.)
  • Invest and maintain District property such as signage, bus shelters, lighting, bollards, bike racks, and similar within public rights-of-way.

Planning, Infrastructure, and Identity

  • Lead strategic District master planning and visioning efforts incorporating the development of sound infrastructure and flood resiliency for the long-term success of the District.
  • Develop, implement, maintain, and manage uniform design standards and identity features focused on enhanced streetscape, urban, environmental, flood resiliency, and crime-prevention design.
  • Develop, maintain, and manage a District-centric Capital Improvement Plan that considers both short- and long-term above ground, underground, and flood resiliency infrastructure objectives and investments for the District’s advocacy and implementation purposes.
  • Advocate, engage, and coordinate infrastructure planning and execution of public projects with city, county, state, and federal agencies that impact the District; leverage District interests and collaborate, where possible.

Public Safety and Security

  • Promote a safe and secure environment through regular District security patrol with an emphasis placed on cultivating relationships and instilling cooperation with stakeholders.
  • Advocate and advance partnerships that supports the District’s public safety interests.
  • Host security and public safety events, meetings, and initiatives that increase awareness of safety measures.

Transportation and Mobility

  • Assess, advocate, partner and/or lead initiatives to implement, maintain, or expand public or private multi-modal transportation and mobility options to, from, or within the District.
  • Advocate for and assist with traffic mitigation efforts in and around the District to improve the flow of traffic within the District.
  • Advocate for the design of safer streets for pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles; foster cleaner air quality initiatives, where applicable.
  • Expand and amplify the use of Hike and Bike Trails within and adjacent to the District; lead and partner in efforts to foster greater regional connectivity.

*Core services are listed in alphabetical order.