REMINDER: MEDIA ADVISORY: Mayor Turner to announce plans for Midtown innovation district

By Newsroom America Feeds at 11 Apr 15:14

Rice University
Office of Public Affairs / News & Media Relations


David Ruth

Jade Boyd

Mayor Turner to announce plans for Midtown innovation district

HOUSTON – (April 11, 2018) – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Rice University President David Leebron and others will unveil plans for Houston's Midtown innovation district in a news conference Thursday morning at the historic Sears building.

Who: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Rice President David Leebron will join project planners and representatives from organizations that are collaborating to create the innovation district, which will be anchored by a facility on the former Sears property, which is owned by Rice Management Co.

What: Announcement of plans for the Midtown innovation district and media tours and photo op of the historic 1939 art deco building, including roof access with skyline views of both downtown and the Texas Medical Center.

When: 9-10:20 a.m. April 12 -- Media tours and photography.
10:30 a.m. -- News conference.

Where: 4201 S. Main St. Media may park behind the building.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jade Boyd, associate director of media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6778.


This news release can be found online at

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