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^^^ is it just me, or does it seem that the SCALE and SCOPE of the ION, is much larger and grander... than the initial renderings/concepts indicated?  this edifice seems quite massive...

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This one's gotten pretty far since the start of my HAIF/coronavirus hibernation. Its definitely different seeing that steel hat on there. Its almost like a completely different building.

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On 5/9/2020 at 3:57 PM, hindesky said:

A little paint is being added.

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They are painting over the limestone!?

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3 hours ago, Avossos said:

 

They are painting over the limestone!?

Yes.

 

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3 hours ago, Avossos said:

 

They are painting over the limestone!?

 

Gotta be sleek. Tech is the future and the future is always sleek.

 

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9 minutes ago, H-Town Man said:

 

Gotta be sleek. Tech is the future and the future is always sleek.

 

that's what they said in the 60's as they added the recently removed ugly cladding to that building

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18 minutes ago, Tumbleweed_Tx said:

that's what they said in the 60's as they added the recently removed ugly cladding to that building

 

My comment was sarcastic.

 

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16 hours ago, houstontexasjack said:

Rice bought the parcel at the southeast corner of Wheeler and San Jacinto last May, as it turns out. The PPS Pacesetter location at that site is now closed. 

 

I'm sure you meant to type southWEST corner.  Good find on the sale.

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9 hours ago, Houston19514 said:

 

I'm sure you meant to type southWEST corner.  Good find on the sale.

Yes, Southwest. My bad. I crossed the streams while internally thinking “just east of the Jack in the Box,” lol.

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19 minutes ago, HNathoo said:

 

 

Houston's innovation ecosystem is only going to succeed if it's propelled forward by founder and startup teams, rather than government, academia, and individuals that don't understand what it really takes to build a technology.  

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It says she is staying in Houston and pursuing other opportunities.  Hopefully she found another great gig.

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Its possible like most CEO changes that this person was the right one to get the job started, and now they need a different CEO to actually get it running. If it was a resignation for a particular issue or reason I'm sure the media would come right out and say it. Looks like its just a changing of the guard, in my opinion.

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The article says we only gained 800 tech jobs in 2019. Based on what we are trying to accomplish in the tech field, does anyone have any insight if this is good or bad? 

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More detail on Gabriella Rowe's departure on Innovation Map:

 

Houston innovation hub leader shares details on recent resignation

May 27, 2020, 5:36 pm
 
 
 
Gabriella Rowe has stepped down from her role as executive director of The Ion. Courtesy of Station Houston
 

A Houston tech ecosystem leader has announced her resignation from her position in order to seek out a new role.

 

Gabriella Rowe, who served The Ion as executive director until earlier this week, has confirmed she has resigned from her position. The Ion is Rice Management Company's innovation center rising in Midtown, and Rowe was named executive director in October of last year. She was previously the CEO of Station Houston since August 2018, which was later merged with Austin-based Capital Factory.

 

Rowe, who was selected for Mayor Sylvester Turner's new Health Equity Response task force that was established to help the city respond to COVID-19, says she hasn't yet announced what her next move is, but she tells InnovationMap will continue focusing on technology and equity.

 

"I am stepping back from the Ion role in order to focus my time exclusively with the issues of equity and access in growing our tech ecosystem and economy," Rowe says, "because I think that is going to be an instrumental part of the recovery of Houston moving forward."

 

While Rowe will have no official role at The Ion moving forward, she imagines her to-be-announced opportunity will work hand-in-hand with the mission of The Ion, which is expected to deliver next year.

 

"The Ion is going to be an incredibly successful project that is going to have all the positive effect on the long term future of Houston that it is designed to do. I feel confident that it's set up to do that and has the people in place to carry it forward," she says.

 

Rowe says her foray into Houston's tech ecosystem began when she was head of school of The Village School in West Houston. Now, her driving factor is creating a city where those students could grow their tech education and skills and have plenty of care opportunities in Houston.

 

"From the very start, this has been for me about building a tech ecosystem in Houston that can support the development of the tech economy that would give our Houston talent an opportunity to stay here in this city and partake in this global opportunity," she says

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