Three of Houston’s seven major employment centers are located inside Loop 610 – Downtown, the Texas Medical Center and Greenway Plaza. According to the Houston-Galveston Area Council, these three employment centers account for as many as 450,000 jobs. Downtown Houston is the largest business district in the City of Houston and serves as the headquarters for more than 3,500 businesses.
The world-renowned Texas Medical Center is the largest medical and research center in the country. Looking at Houston’s skyline, Greenway Plaza looks like another downtown. It is comprised of 10 commercial buildings which range from 11 to 31 stories. Although it is not one of the seven major employment centers in Houston, activities through the Port of Houston spin off millions of jobs nationally. It ranks first in the United States in international waterborne tonnage handled, second in total cargo tonnage handled and is the tenth largest port in the world.
Did you know?
- Loop 610 accounts for 15% of Houston’s land area and 21% of the population but more than 35% of its jobs.
- The Texas Medical Center employs 93,000 people and receives over 160,000 daily visitors. It is home to 21,000 physicians, scientists, researchers and other advanced degree professionals in the life sciences at more than 380 medical offices.
- Greenway Plaza was the first master-planned mixed-use development in Houston outside of downtown and has more than 4 million square feet of leasable space.
- The Port of Houston contributes to the creation of more than one million statewide and more than 2.1 million nationwide jobs. The Port generates more than $178.5 billion of statewide and $499 billion of nationwide economic activity. (From portofhouston.com)