Who We Are – Purposes of the District
The International Management District is one of 28 management districts in the Greater Houston Area. The District was created by the Texas legislature in 2007 at the request of State Representative Hubert Vo. It encompasses approximately 12 sq.mi. (31.1 sq.km.) of Southwest Houston, a portion of adjacent Harris County and a small bit of Fort Bend County. It is bound by the Sam Houston Tollway (Beltway 8) on the east, Bellfort and Bissonnet on the south, State Highway 6 on the west and AliefClodine/Clarewood/Bellaire on the north. The District is administered by an eleven member all volunteer board of directors that serve four year staggered terms. District services, projects and programs are supported by means of a $0.10/$100 valuation assessment on ad valorem tax values of all commercial properties in the District.
The purposes of the International District are to enhance the physical, social and economic well being of the community. The District is empowered to finance projects related to public safety, mobility and transportation, environmental and urban design, and business and economic development. These issues are addressed in a Service Plan that was adopted in June, 2008. The mission of the District is to attract public and private capital investment, provide professional management of the area’s needs, and promote the District as a premier place to invest, work and live.
Planning, budgeting, accounting, project management, marketing, public relations and economic development functions are all managed by a highly qualified professional staff. David Hawes serves as executive director, Brian Burks as director of services, Gretchen Larson as director of marketing and public relations, Ray Lawrence as director of business and economic development and Annie Trinh as assistant director of services.
Population & Demographics
Race / Ethnicity (2012)
2012 Average Household Income – $48,900
The diversity of the District’s population has created a broad mix of ethnic businesses and restaurants in the District which give the area a unique character and create a destination for shoppers, diners and entertainment seekers from other areas of Houston and surrounding cities and towns.
The International Management District provides important services to enhance the business environment and quality of life for its residents. These services help support the values of all properties in the District. Thus, the District is an ally of real estate owners, developers, and brokers engaged in managing, developing, marketing or leasing commercial properties. These services are provided in accordance with a broad public safety initiative.
A Word From Our Director
We hope this website will inspire property owners, business owners and area residents to participate in the ongoing positive changes which are currently underway, as well as those planned for the future. The International District is rich with diverse culture and history and is uniquely situated to provide resources and enhance the quality of life for business owners and residents alike. The International area is poised to become a premier business and residential area with plenty of retail space and vacant land still available, along with many new residential subdivisions.
Our mission is to positively impact Public Safety, Economic Development, Environmental and Urban Design, and Mobility and Transportation to help create an environment attractive to business, residents and visitors alike and to promote the redevelopment and growth of the area. Strategically located in the fast growing southwest region of Houston, the International District has something for everyone. Our location between major transportation corridors such as Beltway 8 and the State Highway 6 corridor creates a unique opportunity for businesses of all kinds.
We hope that you will consider joining us in our efforts to transform the District into a premier place to invest, live and play. To learn more about the District and the mission of the Board of Directors, we invite you to attend a monthly board meeting or perhaps volunteering for a committee.
Thank you for visiting our website and come back often to check on “What’s Happening” in the International District!
~ David Hawes