Alief Westwood Economy and Jobs

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The following actions will strengthen the economy and create more jobs in Alief Westwood. Some of these actions were carried over from other plans developed recently. Some come from discussions through the Complete Communities planning process which has been taking place since last November.

The actions are organized under three goals:

-Vibrant commercial development

-Resilient local economy

-Expanded employment opportunities


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Welcome!

The following actions will strengthen the economy and create more jobs in Alief Westwood. Some of these actions were carried over from other plans developed recently. Some come from discussions through the Complete Communities planning process which has been taking place since last November.

The actions are organized under three goals:

-Vibrant commercial development

-Resilient local economy

-Expanded employment opportunities


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Thank you for taking time to review these components of your action plan and letting us know what you think!

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  • Goal: Vibrant Commercial Development

    3 months ago
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    Promote new commercial development along major corridors, including mixed-use transit-oriented development 

    • ACTION STEPS: Prioritize and identify partners and incentives for mixed-use transit-oriented commercial development along major corridors such as Beechnut, Bissonnet, and Bellaire, including meeting spaces, restaurants, entertainment, and retail that is easily accessible from well-developed residential areas and key community destinations

    COORDINATION

    Community: Alief/Westwood NST | Role: Advocate, Support

    City: Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, Housing and Community Development Department | Role: Support, Implement

    Community Connectors: METRO, International District, International Economic Development Council, Office of Business Opportunity | Role: Support, Advocate, Implement 


    Attract a new grocery store  

    • ACTION STEPS: Advocate for the development of a new grocery store with healthy food and affordable prices; Identify sites, incentives, and potential grocers

    COORDINATION

    Community: Alief/Westwood NST | Community Role: Advocate, Organize

    City: Mayor’s Office of Economic Development | City Role: Support

    Community Connectors: International District, Harris County Healthy Food Financing Initiative, The Food Trust, Area Real Estate Developers | Role: Support, Implement


    Create Development Guidelines

    • ACTION STEPS: Create development standards to advocate for and guide new growth in the area 

    COORDINATION

    Community: Alief/Westwood NST | Role: Advocate

    City: Mayor’s Office of Economic Development | Role: Support 

    Community Connectors: International District, District F and J | Role: Support, Implement


    Attract new industrial development 

    • ACTION STEPS: Identify and promote appropriate and appealing industrial development within the neighborhood to create jobs and stimulate economic growth 

    COORDINATION

    Community: Alief/Westwood NST | Role: Advocate

    City: Mayor’s Office of Economic Development | Role: Support, Advocate, Implement

    Community Connectors: Area Industry, International District | Role: Support, Implement


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  • Goal: Resilient Local Economy

    3 months ago
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    Provide resources and workshops for area small business owners

    • ACTION STEPS: Develop bilingual outreach materials and host neighborhood-based workshops to promote the programs and services available through the Office of Business Opportunity Solutions Center, including business development resources, legal counselling, minority and women-owned business certification workshops, and information on Hire Houston First policies 

    COORDINATION 

    Community: Alief/Westwood NST | Role: Organize, Outreach

    City: Office of Business Opportunity | Role: Support, Organize, Outreach, Implement 

    Community Connectors: International District, Area small businesses and entrepreneurs | Role: Support


    Strengthen the networks between business organizations and the community  

    • ACTION STEPS: Work in partnership with business organizations, such as the Houston West Chamber of Commerce, to create stronger networks between businesses and civic organizations 

    COORDINATION

    Community: Alief/Westwood NST | Role: Advocate

    City: Mayor’s Office of Economic Development | Role: Support 

    Community Connectors: International District, Area Chambers of Commerce, Office of Business Opportunity | Role: Support


    Expand locally owned small businesses  

    • ACTION STEPS: Create a baseline inventory of commercial properties, storefronts, and office tenants in the community and actively track occupancy, changes in ownership and market values; Create initiatives aimed at incentivizing and increasing occupancy of retail and commercial centers, including small business incubators or co-working spaces 

    COORDINATION

    Community: International District | Role: Advocate, Support, Implement

    City: Mayor’s Office of Economic Development | Role: Support

    Community Connectors: Area Chambers of Commerce, Office of Business Opportunity, Alief/Westwood NST | Role: Support


    Support and grow entrepreneurship 

    • ACTION STEPS: Advocate for the development of a small business incubator, maker space, co-working space, and urban farm focusing on local food production, crafts, and health and that provide vocational training and support to entrepreneurs and workers; Potential locations include the Halliburton site and Alief Community Garden site   

    COORDINATION

    Community: Alief/Westwood NST | Role: Advocate

    City: Mayor’s Office of Economic Development | Role: Support 

    Community Connectors: International District, Area Chambers of Commerce, Office of Business Opportunity | Role: Support


    Activate area strip malls     

    • ACTION STEPS: Promote economic development, walkability, and civic connection by developing temporary public plazas in the parking areas of strip malls, including hosting “Pop-Up” events and markets that support local businesses

    COORDINATION

    Community: Alief/Westwood NST | Role: Advocate

    City: Mayor’s Office of Economic Development | Role: Implement

    Community Connectors: Office of Business Opportunity | Role: Support

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  • Goal: Expanded Employment Opportunities

    3 months ago
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    Promote Workforce Development opportunities  

    • ACTION STEPS: Connect residents to available job and skills training programs, including those provided by Workforce Solutions; Focus on growing job sectors, and host job fairs in the community 

    COORDINATION 

    Community: Alief/Westwood NST | Role: Organize, Outreach

    City: Office of Business Opportunity, Turnaround Houston | Role: Support, Organize, Outreach, Implement 

    Community Connectors: International District, LISC Financial Opportunity Center, HCC, Workforce Solutions | Role: Support, Outreach, Implement


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