About Us

The Emancipation Economic Development Council (EEDC) is a collaborative of organized, informed and engaged faith-based organizations, nonprofits, community development corporations, businesses, local government entities and other stakeholders from the community.

Our mission is to inspire hope and contribute to the revitalization and preservation of the Third Ward.

Our vision is a resilient, dynamic, and economically prosperous community where people live, work and thrive in a historically and culturally rich African-American neighborhood.

We meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:00pm.


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General Meeting

Join us for our next general meeting this Tuesday at 6pm at the Third Ward Multi-Service Center! July’s meeting will be centered on a discussion of the public policies and strategies needed to preserve and revitalize our neighborhood and support the implementation of the Complete Communities initiative in Third Ward. We want your input on policies to […]


We welcome you to three weekends of local vendors, activities and performances as we reignite the legacy of Emancipation Avenue’s thriving Black business district. The EEDC’s Free Market Square is a temporary outdoor shopping and live entertainment market centrally located at the corner of Bastrop and Elgin. From the newly renovated Emancipation Park to the […]

Upcoming Meetings
May Meeting Schedule
May 12, 2017

We hope to see you at an upcoming meeting! Resident Engagement: Tuesday, May 16th @ 6:00pm (Project Row Houses, 2521 Holman) [Postponed] Arts and Culture: Tuesday, May 16th @ 6:00pm (Project Row Houses, 2521 Holman) [Postponed] Political Action: Wednesday, May 17th @ 5:00pm (PRH Boardroom, 2312 Elgin) [Postponed] Faith in Action: Wednesday, May 17th @ 12:00pm (Trinity United Methodist Church, 2600 Holman) […]

Upcoming Meetings
April and May Meeting Schedule
April 21, 2017

We hope to see you at an upcoming meeting! General Meetings: Tuesday, April 25th @ 6:00pm (Blackshear Elementary School, 2900 Holman) Tuesday, May 23rd @ 6:00pm (Baylor College of Medicine Academy @ Ryan, 2610 Elgin) Working Group Meetings: Community Land Trust & Housing Choice: Tuesday, April 25th @ 4:30pm (PRH Education House, 2519 Holman) Resident Engagement: Tuesday, May 16th @ […]

Community Wealth Building
Join us for lunch on Friday!
April 4, 2017

In cities across the United States, community leaders are learning how to cultivate local assets for sustainable community development. Hospitals, universities, banking institutions, philanthropic organizations, nonprofits, and others are beginning to see themselves as engines of local economic opportunity. Through deep partnerships between such anchor institutions, many neighborhoods are taking initiative and creating equitable and […]

Upcoming Meetings
February Meeting Schedule
February 13, 2017

We hope to see you at an upcoming meeting!   General Meeting: Tuesday, February 28th @ 6:00pm (Texas Southern University, Jesse H. Jones Business Building, Auditorium #113) Working Group Meetings: Emancipation Avenue Corridor: Wednesday, February 15th @ 6:00pm (PRH Boardroom, 2312 Elgin) Community Wealth Building: Thursday, February 16th @ 6:00pm (Houston Praise and Worship, 3802 […]

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