It's been a over a week since the Eastside economic summit was held at Sam Houston High School. More than 400 people attended which speak volumes for the importance and the critical need to make progress in bringing investment and economic development to the Eastside. This was the first of three "summits" that will identify and hopefully begin the process of changing the economic landscape on our side of town. There is plenty of hope that this time things will be different mixed with a healthy dose of skepticism. Too much history of failed promises linger in the minds of many Eastsiders. Once all the talk is concluded things need to happen in the form of launching a projects that will generate sustained economic growth, bring jobs to the Eastside as well as investing dollars in our neighborhoods in the form of incentives for homeowners to restore or rehab their houses.
At this point more than talk is needed.