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BEDES 2013—Border Economic Development & Entrepreneurship Symposium

November 22, 2013 · Edinburg, Texas

The Economics and Finance Department at the University of Texas—Pan American and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas hosted the 3rd Annual Border Economic, Development and Entrepreneurship Symposium (BEDES) on November 22, 2013 at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance.

The objectives of BEDES 2013 are:

  • To inform the business community of the recent trends in the current state of the economies of Texas, the Rio Grande Valley and Mexico to allow for better strategic decisions. This objective was discussed by researchers from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

  • To learn about the local efforts by various economic development corporations to attract new investments and how they are preparing for the economic impact of the new UT university in the Rio Grande Valley.

  • To discuss the role of Hispanics in the economy. This objective was discussed by researchers from the Pew Research Center and UTPA.

  • To get a better understanding of the fiscal and energy reforms being proposed in Mexico and their possible effect on the border economies.


Friday, November 22, 2013

8:45 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

9 a.m.

The Economy of Texas
Speaker: Keith Phillips, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, San Antonio Branch

9:45 a.m.

The Economy of MexicoPDF
Speaker: John Sargent, Professor of International Business and Entrepreneurship, Department of Management, University of Texas Pan American

10:45 a.m.

The Economy of the Rio Grande ValleyPDF
Speaker: Roberto Coronado, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, El Paso Branch

11:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion 1: Economic Development Corporations (EDC) in the Rio Grande Valley
Moderator: Teofilo Ozuna- Dean College of Business Administration at the University of Texas- Pan American
Speaker 1: Jason Hilts – EDC Brownsville
Speaker 2: Keith Patridge – EDC McAllen
Speaker 3: Alex Meade – EDC Mission
Speaker 4: Ismael Delgado – EDC San JuanPDF

1:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion 2: The Importance of Hispanics in the U.S. Economy
Moderator: Fabiola Urgel
Speaker 1: Mark Lopez, Director of Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends ProjectPDF
Speaker 2: Alberto Davila and Marie MoraPDF

2:45 p.m.

Mexico's Structural Reforms: Implications on Border EconomiesPDF
Speaker: Jose Antonio Murillo Garza, Grupo Financiero Banorte

3:45 p.m.

Economics and Finance VIP ceremony
Presenter: Jorge Vidal

4 p.m.

Closing remarks (UTPA & Fed Representatives)

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