Stories to follow in 2019: Missouri City, developers help to bring life to Texas Parkway

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What we reported: Missouri City City Council moved forward with its economic development plan to promote redevelopment of existing commercial centers, create a stronger image for the city, recruit prospective businesses, support existing businesses and invest in city resources. The city will focus efforts on major corridors such as Texas Parkway and Cartwright Road that have faced challenges with vacant properties and declining businesses, according to a TIP Strategies’ economic development plan for the city. It will also take advantage of the Houston Community College campus along Texas Parkway and supporting businesses.

The latest: City economic development investments are being made in several phases along Texas Parkway aimed at keeping the integrity of the community. Enrollment at HCC was a record for last year—over 1,300 students. At City Hall, future plans include making it more welcoming to visitors as well as creating outdoor spaces for residents, City Manager Anthony Snipes said. However, Snipes notes the private sector has to be invested as well. While Texas Parkway may be challenged, the market is tricky as well. Retail desires change frequently, and it takes foot traffic and time for the right mix to come to the area, Economic Development Director Joe Esch said.

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Christine Hall
Christine Hall joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2018, and covers Missouri City and Fort Bend ISD. She previously reported on health care innovation for the Texas Medical Center, was a freelancer, and held various news roles at the Houston Business Journal.
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