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What Lies Ahead?

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.

You can read our proposal here, and, yes, we beat the deadline.

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
2001,  2002,  2003,  2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013!
Here's a reasonably accurate description of what we have in mind: C2Hlogo.PNG (17847 bytes)

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 Association.

More specifically, we've the oldest incubator in Texas, operate entirely without public funding, our clients have won virtually every award for business growth in Houston - some nationally and some even international (the most recent being two Co-Op companies having achieved Inc. 5000 status in August, 2013) and we have hands-on experience with clients coming to us from around the world for our business incubation programs.

You can see a few of our past clients here and some of the endorsements given us here.

Growing small businesses is big business in Houston and we don't need public funding to revitalize The Dome into an economic development project to attract money from outside Houston, outside Texas and outside the United States.

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.

Editorial by C. Dean Kring - who is solely responsible for content.

Provided as a public service by Services Cooperative Association
THE DOME COOPERATIVE IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH THE STATE OF TEXAS, HARRIS COUNTY, THE CITY OF HOUSTON, HARRIS COUNTY-HOUSTON SPORTS AUTHORITY, HARRIS COUNTY SPORTS AND CONVENTION CORPORATION, THE HOUSTON TEXANS, OR THE HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO.  NONE OF THESE ENTITIES HAS AUTHORIZED THE DOME COOPERATIVE TO CONDUCT ANY FEASIBILITY STUDY. THE DOME COOPERATIVE IS AN INDEPENDENT PRIVATE ENTITY HAVING ITS PRINCIPAL MISSION AS RE-PURPOSING THE DOME AS A BUSINESS CENTER UNLIKE ANY IN THE WORLD.  ALL COMMUNICATIONS OF THE DOME COOPERATIVE ARE TO DETERMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF RE-PURPOSING THE DOME, INCLUDING SUPPORT FOR POTENTIAL MEMBER COMPANIES.

 

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