The discussion continues regarding
our beloved Dome and what to do with it.
My vote is to have it serve as part of Houston's entrepreneurial
legacy and make it functional and profitable. Houston is already "Business Start-Up
Capital of the World," so let's convert The Dome into a core facility for just that: "the
place to go when you're starting a business in Houston." (Or Texas or the USA!)
In The Dome's 350,000 square feet, let's combine WiFi hot spots, areas for
co-working, trendy cafes, start-up consultants, a big bank, marketing, sales training, a
smaller bank or two, executive suite, publicist, brew pub, coffee shop, credit union,
angel investors, lenders, real estate agency, convenience store, drug store, office
supplies and furniture outlet, a business incubator/accelerator and make another portion
into extended-stay residences so out-of-towners have accommodations while starting,
expanding, relocating, acquiring a business in Houston and still another part into a
residency business incubator - 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,
And, perchance, should you be a business consultant, attorney, CPA, realtor,
marketing company, bookkeeper, banker, insurance underwriter, seed fund/venture capital
fund administrator or any other support entity serving in-bound/start-up/emerging
business clients and choose to have a presence in this vibrant entrepreneurial hub, send
me that information, too, and I'll go show it to the "Dome Destiny Decision
I sent this concept 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, since Harris County
actually "owns" The Dome our next steps in this project:
#1) Who actually controls what's done with The Dome.
#2) What capital resource is going to be necessary to convert The Dome.
#3) How will that capital be acquired so that the endeavor will be self-sufficient and
independent of public funding, grants, gifts, donations or contributions.
#4) What is the proper legal structure to operate it as a building cooperative, owned by the
#5) What is the procedure to get the proposal for The Dome as
a Business Center back on the table.
#6) What permissions are to be obtained to make the project available to prospective
tenants and underwriters.
#7) Total costs and operating expenses associated with The Dome and who is paying them.
#8) Existing contracts regarding The Dome.
The concept is a "round shopping mall" with companies that provide products,
services and support to Houston's Start-Up Community.
energy resource is it's entrepreneurial energy."
Here's how you/your
company/organization can participate:
Save The Astrodome, click here.
Proposed Residency Incubator, click here.
Our Proposal submitted to HCSCC at 11:38 AM on June 10, 2013, click here.
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:
Sample 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."
"What a boom to business growth such an idea would bring. Art F."
am 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. Louise D."
Future of the Astrodome
What lies ahead?
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