Head shot of Robert M. Eury
  • Kinder Institute for Urban Research Advisory Board Member Emeritus
  • President, Central Houston, Inc.

For thirty-seven years, Bob Eury has served as president of the planning and implementation of the redevelopment of Houston’s central city area, principally downtown. Eury is also the executive director of the Houston Downtown Management District, a special assessment district within downtown Houston and president of the Downtown Redevelopment Authority, administrator of City of Houston Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone #3.

Eury was vice president and director of research development for Rice Center prior to starting Central Houston in 1983. During his nine years with Rice Center, his research focused on land use/transportation joint development, urban services delivery, development regulation and environmental design. Prior to joining Rice Center in 1974, Eury served as director of community planning studies for the Urban Studies Center, University of Louisville, Kentucky.

In addition to serving on the Advisory Board for the Kinder Institute, Eury is currently a board/executive committee member and a past chair of Blueprint Houston, ex-officio board member and former founding president of Buffalo Bayou Partnership, chairman of Convention & Cultural Services Corporation, Inc., ex-officio board member of Discovery Green Conservancy, trustee and past acting chairman of Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation, board and executive committee member of Theater District Houston, member of the Bond Oversight Committee of Houston ISD, vice chairman of Main Street Coalition, Inc., former chairman of the Board of Stewards of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, member of the Transportation Advisory Committee of Houston-Galveston Area Council, and member of the Advisory Council of Urban Land Institute Houston.

Eury holds a master of architecture in urban design from Rice University and a bachelor of science in architecture from the University of Cincinnati. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Eury is married to Gayle P. Eury and together they have two children and four grandchildren. His hobbies include running (54 marathons including 37 consecutive Houston Marathon finishes), photography and community building on his O-scale model train layout.