Economic Development

Resources - Studies

Numerous publications and case studies inform our work within the economic development division. For instance, our ideas on how industry agglomeration affect our regional economy stems from Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter’s concept of clustering, now a federal data project. However, local policy studies completed by partners inform much of our work. One partner, the Houston Area Galveston Council's study completed a study entitled the Urban Houston Framework, a study that shaped the division's priorities significantly. Similarly, work within urban economics, sub regional plans, and policy from regional research entities all influence our philosophy towards development.

Here is a brief selection of a few studies that shaped our thoughts on Houston development:

HGAC Studies

Urban Houston Framework



Near Northwest

Washington Avenue

Upper Kirby


Fourth Ward

Energy Corridor

East End

Upper Kirby

Congestion Management Process

Instant Impact Guide

Building Better Bikeways

Regional Growth Forecast

Rice University

Shell Center for Sustainability

Kinder Survey


Upskill Houston