Regina Lindsey, Director of Economic Development
Regina Lindsey is the director of economic development for the Greenspoint District in Houston, Texas. The District was created by the State Legislature in 1991 at the request of commercial property owners and is funded through their assessments to provide services and improvements to ensure Greenspoint’s growth and prosperity.
Understanding that global attraction is a broad effort, the Greenspoint District has made the decision to focus on specific markets based on research and similar economies. Based on the similar cultural ties between the U.K. and the U.S., close historical ties of the countries, and the similar economies of Houston and Aberdeen, we felt an exploratory visit to Aberdeen was in order. After meeting Brett Jackson, Managing Director of Granite PR, at a British American Business Council event a collaboration formed. Jackson scheduled a variety of meetings that included economic development organizations, made introductions to Aberdeen businesses, an interview with the Press and Journal, Lord Provost John Reynolds, and Aberdeenshire Council members. These meetings provided a great deal of insight into the opportunities and challenges for Aberdeen businesses. The Greenspoint District is now a member of the Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce. As a follow-up, the Greenspoint District sponsored the Aberdeen Houston Gateway event.
Lindsey joined the District in 2009 in the joint role of manager of Greens Bayou projects for the District and executive director of the Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition (GBCC), a 501(c)(3) organization supported by the District. With the Coalition, she led two delegations to Washington, D.C., to advocate funding for crucial flood remediation projects. In 2012, she relinquished her staff position with GBCC to head the District’s newly created Economic Development Department. She now lends her expertise to GBCC as a member of its Board of Directors and Public Policy Committee.
Lindsey led the Greenspoint District’s economic development strategic planning process and now manages the execution of that plan, which includes business attraction efforts focused on energy, logistics and technology. She also works to attract foreign direct investment to Greenspoint. In 2010, Lindsey earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). She currently serves on IEDC’s Public Policy AdvisoryCommittee. Active in economic development efforts across the region, Lindsey works closely with the Greater Houston Partnership’s economic development team to attract business to the region. She is on the Board of Directors for the North Houston Economic Development Council and a member of the North Harris Economic Development Alliance.