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The discussion has surfaced again regarding our beloved Dome and what to
do with it. Current choices are: tear it down, strip it to its frame and make it a park or
convert it into a hotel and entertainment center.
In the dome, let's combine WiFi hot spots, areas for co-working, trendy cafes, start-up consultants, a big bank, a local bank or two, executive suite, brew pub, coffee shop, credit union, angel investors, lenders, a business incubator and technology accelerator and make still another portion into extended-stay residences so out-of-towners have accommodations while starting, expanding, relocating or acquiring a business in Houston; a residency business incubator, if you will - first in the world - just as the Astrodome was in its time.
The astute "powers-that-be" realize it's our small businesses that drive our economy. Let's make it easier to get a business started in Houston than any other place in the world, eh?
"Business start-up" is an industry
for Houston that brings in outside money. Let's make it efficient, convenient and
effective. What's your opinion? Send me an email email@example.com, even if it's just an "Amen,
I sent this to the County Judge and the Harris County Commissioners. Here's the (very rapid) reply from Judge Emmett:
Thank you for
sharing your thoughts about the future if the Astrodome. To date, there have been
many good suggestions floated but no one has been able to generate a viable revenue
stream, if no financially viable option is found, the Commissioners Court will have
to decide the best course of action using Harris County tax dollars.
process moves forward, please continue to share your thoughts with me.
So, our next step in this project is gaining capital (AKA "raising money") so that the endeavor will be self-sufficient and independent of public funding, grants, gifts, donations or contributions. The concept is a "round shopping mall" with companies that provide products, services and support to Houston's Start-Up Community.
Here's how you/your company/organization can participate:
We're reaching out to all those in Houston who may have ideas, plans or the passion for preservation of "The Dome" for collaboration. If you are such a person (or know of someone) please send an email here or forward this link: http://www.servicesca.org/Houston_Astro_Dome.htm
Replies: "I love the idea of making the dome into a business hub. It is very forward thinking and away from the usual ideas around entertainment. I support this and as you dig more into the details, I hope many others will also. Debra H."
absolutely awed by what you are doing to convert and preserve the Astrodome! WOW! What a
concept! Hopefully you are getting many, many people behind this idea so it can go viral.
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