CONTENTS Features 14 CREATIVE BOOMTOWN Houston's creative touchdown. Winter 2017 20 THE COMMERCE OF CREATIVITY The economic impact of Houston’s creative sector is impressive ... and growing. 38 24 FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION Design defines new tech spaces, revamps workspaces for younger segment of the workforce. Departments 2 4 6 10 12 36 38 40 LETTER Houston: A City of Opportunity 28 COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF Houston is primed to give football fans the ultimate Super Bowl experience. EVENTS Bringing Home the Gold REGIONAL UPDATE News from Around the Region 32 HOUSTON'S 2017 ECONOMIC FORECAST Houston’s economic downturn is over and a slow recovery has begun. Job growth won’t return to normal for at least another year or so, and the aftereffects will linger for a few more years. VISIONARIES Jeff Shellebarger INSIGHTS ON SITES We Built this City CULTURE Harris County HEARTBEAT OF HOUSTON Force of Nature LIMITLESS HOUSTON Team Houston Takeover UPCOMING FOR SPRING 2017 30 Houston is the Third Coast for life sciences and a growing center for medical technology. Home to the world’s largest medical center with leading accelerators like Johnson & Johnson JLABS and AT&T Foundry, this city of medicine has a game plan for driving bench-to-bedside research and clinical trials, and for cultivating a new high-tech healthcare industry. Find out what’s on the horizon for Houston’s life sciences sector in 2017 and beyond. The Greater Houston Partnership works to make Houston one of the world’s best places to live, work and build a business. It represents 11 counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Walker and Waller. With more than 1,200 member companies, the Partnership represents approximately one-ﬁ fth of the region’s work force. Visit the Partnership at houston.org.