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Our crystal ball told us not to spend a great deal of time, money and energy in submitting a proposal for revitalizing The Dome because the "fix" was already in and the HCSCC recommendation was going to be the only proposal selected.
Yes, this is the same proposal that had been
submitted by HCSCC numerous times previously and rejected
each time because it was going to require tax funding and
was not going to do anything other than "break even" at best.
Our crystal ball also told us that the politicians had already come to the conclusion that the only possible outcome for The Dome would be to tear it down, and, being politicians, none were willing to suffer the potential of huge voter backlash by being publicly associated with such a result.
While there are several worthy groups pushing for having voters accept the November bond proposal and tax increase, they all to seem to be ignoring the fact that the HCSCC management team that allowed The Dome to fall into vacancy and disrepair will be the same team that will maintain control over the new proposal and its outcome. Now that just makes no sense. They had their chance and blew it and the voters know that!
Our counter proposal is simple - put The Dome to work
doing what Houston already is a world leader in doing - growing
businesses. Houston has had more business starts, since 1999, than any other city in
the U.S. "For the past three years, Houston
has created more new companies than any city in America." (The
Economist, June 23rd 2001.) -Houston did it again in
Houston is already home to a number of world class firsts: the Medical Center and Port of Houston, for instance, and we're already the most ethnically diverse city in the U.S.
Further, Houston is already a world leader
in small business incubation with Houston Technology Center - "Top 10 Incubators Changing the World" - Forbes
Magazine, Rice Alliance - "#1
University Incubator In The World" - UBI Sweden, and our
own Services Cooperative Association - "An industry leader and
pioneer in small business incubation" - National Business Incubation
Early estimates anticipate a conversion costing $320,000,000 that will generate more than $25,000,000 in profits, annually, from The Dome. Yes, after all bills paid! Go to this page to see how you can participate and have your checkbook ready. It's time to ante up to "Save The Dome."
Editorial by C. Dean Kring - who is solely
responsible for content.
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