Sunday, December 03, 2017

Should Houston promote an annual TAMU-LSU football game? Houston's #1 Winner-Take-All-City Quotient, #2 std of living, innovation corridor, and more

Before getting to this week's items, an idea for Houston as we wrap up the college football regular season: just as UT and OU play each other every year at their midpoint in Dallas with the Texas State Fair all around them (quite the tourism boost for Dallas) - and now that TAMU is in the SEC with a new coach - has anyone considered trying to promote an annual TAMU-LSU game in Houston at NRG Stadium?  I think it would have a lot of potential given the numbers of alums of both schools here - high profile for the schools and a good tourism boost for the city.  And I could see a whole weekend of festivities around the event centered on downtown and midtown (like a mini Super Bowl).  Would love to hear thoughts in the comments... or if you know someone with the GHCVB please pass it along!

Moving on to this week's items:
"For each global city, and for the various categories of global cities, we calculate a “Winner-Take-All Quotient” (or WQ). This is a simple “over-representation ratio” that compares the share of the total amount of economic output, venture capital investment and/or, billionaires in a global city divided by its share of the world’s population.
Indeed, the 20 largest global metros (by economic output) account for a considerably larger share of the global economic output than they do of global population (see Table 2). The WQ for these cities range from lows of 1.2 and 1.3 in Mexico City and Sao Paulo to highs of 4.5, 4.7, and 4.8 in New York, Washington, D.C., and Houston."
Speaking of Amazon HQ2, I really like the new Houston proposal and the concept of the "innovation corridor" from downtown to the med center.  The video is especially well made.  I still think we're a longshot, but this is good stuff to share with any company that might consider coming to Houston.

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At 1:43 AM, December 04, 2017, Blogger George Rogers said...

What happens if you combine SF and SJ, I mean the 49ers play in the SJ metro.

At 8:04 AM, December 04, 2017, Blogger Tory Gattis said...

Are you talking about the standard of living rankings? I'm not sure. Wendell puts them together using official census metro stats, so SJ gets split off from SF. I think it does warp the stats a bit.

At 10:27 AM, December 04, 2017, Blogger George Rogers said...

Can the OMB please unify SF/SJ and NYC/CT Suburbs.

At 9:12 PM, December 11, 2017, Anonymous Mike said...

Aggie football insiders have long toyed with the idea of an annual LSU game in Houston like they have with Arkansas in Dallas but this idea has generally been rejected because it would give LSU exposure and publicity in the coveted Houston recruiting ground. They also generally view the Arkansas series as a mistake for the same reason and from what I've heard they do not plan on renewing it when the contract expires. Plus these neutral-turf games take away ticket revenue and economic impact from College Station.


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