This online discussion will explore the importance of the Texas Triangle, what makes it unique and its implications for Texas' economic future.

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Session 1: Introduction to the Texas Triangle

In the last generation, the Triangle has emerged as a major force in the national and global economy – and a major asset to Texans. In this introductory session, two of The Texas Triangle’s authors discuss the Triangle and what it means to the future of Texas.

In conversation:

  • Henry Cisneros, Chairman, American Triple I Partners, LLC (co-author)
  • David Hendricks, former business editor and columnist of San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio (co-author)

Session 2: The Triangle’s Role as a “Mega-Region”

The Triangle right up there with other American megaregions, such as South Florida, the Northeast Corridor, Southern California/Nevada, and Urban Midwest (Chicago-Detroit), and the Urban the Southeast (Atlanta-Charlotte). In this session, the state’s demographer and a leading political figure will discuss what is driving the growth of the Triangle and how it stacks up against these other megaregions.


  • Cullum Clark, Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative, Houston (co-author)


  • Lloyd Potter, Texas State Demographer
  • Amanda Edwards, former Houston City Councilmember

Session 3: Maximizing the Economic Potential of the Triangle

The Triangle contains most of Texas’s major economic assets – major universities, large philanthropies, Fortune 500 companies, and significant federal investments, including investments by the Department of Defense. In this panel, economic development experts from around the Triangle discuss how these cities and institutions can work together to maximize prosperity and ensure that it benefits everyone in the Triangle – and, indeed, everyone in Texas!


  • Bill Fulton, Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research (co-author)


  • Laura Huffman, CEO, Austin Chamber
  • Paul Cherukuri, Executive Director, Rice University Institute for Biosciences and Biodiversity
  • Ross Guieb, Executive Director, A&M Bush Combat Development Complex
  • Jenna Saucedo-Herrera, CEO, San Antonio Economic Development Foundation

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CenterPoint Energy is the title sponsor of the 2021 Kinder Institute Urban Reads series.