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

"The Texas Triangle: An Emerging Power in the Global Economy" examines how this mega-region will play a dominant role in determining the state's economic future, demographic patterns and political priorities. The book is available for purchase at Brazos Bookstore and other local Houston stores, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and directly from the publisher at tamupress.com.

Program

Today, some 19 million people (roughly two-thirds of Texans) live in the Texas Triangle — defined as the 35 counties that make up the metropolitan areas of Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin. This webinar will explore the importance of the Texas Triangle, what makes it unique and its implications for Texas' economic future.

 

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 "The Texas Triangle" 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 for the San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio (co-author)

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

The Triangle is 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 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.

Moderator:

  • J.H. Cullum Clark, Director, George W. Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative (co-author)

Panelists:

  • Amanda Edwards, Former Houston City Council Member
  • Lloyd Potter, Texas State Demographer

Session 3: Maximizing the Economic Potential of the Triangle

The Triangle contains most of Texas’ 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.

Moderator:

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

Panelists:

  • Paul Cherukuri, Executive Director, Rice University Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering
  • Ross Guieb, Executive Director, George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex at Texas A&M University
  • Laura Huffman, President and CEO, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
  • Jenna Saucedo-Herrera, President and CEO, San Antonio Economic Development Foundation

About Urban Reads

The Kinder Institute's Urban Reads series showcases recently published works on pressing urban issues by local and national authors.

CenterPoint Energy is the title sponsor of the 2021 Kinder Institute Urban Reads series. This program is eligible for 2 CM credits from the American Planning Association.