Marcou Lecture: Replanning and Developing Houston Texas

APA National Capital Area Chapter


Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 8 p.m. EDT

Washington, DC, United States

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This lecture by the Deputy Mayor of Houston, Texas, will highlight Houston's milestones and challenges ahead. While usually associated with its lack of zoning, the talk will cover the achievements of one of the nation's outstanding medical health complexes, initiatives to preserve an historic black neighborhood confronted by gentrification, an increasing diverse population and cultural heritage, past and current efforts in dealing with flooding disasters, including housing thousands of Katrina's New Orleans refugees, and re-positioning from an energy to multi-base economy.

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Andrew Icken

Invited Speaker

Andy Icken currently serves as Chief Development Officer for the City of Houston. In addition, he has oversight of the Houston Airport System, the Convention & Entertainment Facilities, the Planning Department, the Housing & Community Development Department, the Department of Neighborhoods, Office of Business Opportunities, Mayor's Office of Special Events, Economic Development, International Trade and Development, Office of Sustainability, Convention & Visitors Bureau, Cultural Affairs, Volunteer Initiatives, Veterans' and Homeless Affairs and Office for People with Disabilities. Prior to his appointment by Mayor Parker, he served as Deputy Director of Public Works & Engineering for the City of Houston - Planning & Development Services Division. This Division facilitates responsible development for the City of Houston. The development processes the Division manages include the analysis of the availability and adequacy of the public utilities to serve proposed development, the issuance of building permits and inspection of construction, the proposed acquisition and abandonment of public easements and/or rights of way, the construction of new water, wastewater, and storm drainage, and the securing of Life Safety/Occupancy Certificates for new and existing commercial buildings. The Division also oversees and enforces stormwater drainage and stormwater quality control regulations. Prior to joining the City of Houston, Mr. Icken served for 6 years as Executive Vice President of the Texas Medical Center. His responsibilities for Texas Medical Center included business enterprises, support services, government affairs and public affairs. Preceding his employment with Texas Medical Center, Mr. Icken had an extensive career of over 30 years with ExxonMobil. From 1990 to 2000 he was Executive-in-Charge of Exxon's (ExxonMobil) Materials and Service Department. This department provided shared business services to Exxon's domestic and international affiliates - services which included corporate procurement, real estate and facilities operations and management and other shared business services. Mr. Icken's career with Exxon included other executive positions in business line management in both the Untied States and foreign Exxon affiliates. Mr. Icken is past president of the Houston Minority Business Council and continues to serve on their Board of Directors. He is past Chairman and continues to serve on the Board of the Santa Maria Hostel - a United Way agency with a mission to provide residential drug and alcohol treatment to women and their dependent children. He is past Chairman of the South Main Center Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the Main Street Coalition; he also served on the Board of Directors for the Business Consortium Fund. Mr. Icken holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Chemical ... Read More