The Texas economy has been changing in very significant ways, now very different than 20 years ago, and continuing rapid evolution. State and national policy changes being proposed in trade and immigration areas will have BIG potential impacts on Texas. Attendees at this conference will hear from subject matter experts about likely implications for Texas, and policy challenges that may be created. Attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of what these are, and how they are likely to affect their interests. The LBJ School welcomes anyone interested in Texas policy to this one day symposium including commmunity members, legislators and staff from state and local government, NGOs, policy experts, students, and members of the Texas business community.
CURRENT AGENDA – Texas 2030
8:45 – 9:00 AM
- Welcome: Dean Angela Evans, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
- Overview: James Galbraith, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
9:00 – 10:30 AM
Session 1: NAFTA and Texas: The strength of Texas-Mexico trade ties; impacts of trade on workers; wages and NAFTA; trade infrastructure in the Texas economy.
Chair: Ken Flamm, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
- Andrew Cassey, Washington State University
- John McLaren, University of Virginia
- Andre Mollick, UT Rio Grande Valley
- Chandra Bhat, Center for Transportation Research, UT Austin
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Session 2: Immigrants and Texas: What economists know about the impact of immigration; economic impacts of immigrants on Texas; immigrants in the Texas construction industry; immigrants and up-skilling in the Texas workforce.
Chair: Ruth Wasem, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
- Terrie Walmsley, ImpactECON
- John Kennan, University of Wisconsin, Madison
- Pia Orrenius, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
- Heath Prince, Ray Marshall Center, UT Austin
- Ernesto Cortes, Southwest Industrial Areas Foundation
12:30 – 2:00 PM
Lunch and Keynote Address: Honorable Julián Castro
2:15 – 3:45 PM
Session 3: The Border and Texas: Border cities in the Texas economy; determinants of migration to the US; border realities; the border environment and environmental policies.
Chair: David Eaton, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
- Jesus Canas, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
- Tom Fullerton, UT El Paso
- Tony Zavaleta, Trustee, Texas Southmost College
- Laura Huffman, The Nature Conservancy, Austin
- Steve Niemeyer, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
4:00 – 5:00 PM
Session 4: Detention and Deportation: Community Perspectives and Policy: New Policies and Impacts on Communities
Chair: Denise Gilman, UT Law School
- Steve Adler, Mayor, Austin
- Virginia Raymond, Justice for Our Neighbors, Austin
- Mònica Teresa Ortiz, Tan Cerca de la Frontera, Austin
5:00 – 5:30 PM
Closing Remarks – Rep. Byron Cook, Texas House of Representatives
Do I need to register for this event?
While this program is FREE, registration does allow the planner to anticipate space and materials needs. Therefore we ask that you register for each section of the program you plan to attend.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
There is limited metered street parking on Red River. We recommend that attendees utilize one of the self-pay parking garages on campus (specifically Manor or San Jacinto). For more information on parking at UT for this event please visit UT’s Parking website: UT Parking information
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You may contact the program organizer with any questions about the symposium: Jayashree Vijalapuram (512-471-7817).
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