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Community Development Events

Houston Connects – Broadband Convening


Hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and Greater Houston Partnership, in conjunction with the State Broadband Development Office, Texas Education Agency, Texas 2036, and Connected Nation.

This invitation-only convening of select organizations and stakeholders will feature a discussion with Gregory Conte, Director of the Texas Broadband Development Office, and a call to action for creative alignment of digital inclusion initiatives and resources for the Houston area.

While broadband access has long been a challenge across Texas, the pandemic has exacerbated the economic and social costs for places and people on the wrong side of the digital divide. The unique funding opportunities resulting from the pandemic have placed new emphasis on the need for strategic coordination. We hope you will join us to get to know others working in this space and share insights on developing a broadband road map.


  • Tuesday, Nov. 16, 8:30–11:30 a.m.


  • Greater Houston Partnership, Partnership Floor, Double Room, 701 Avenida de las Americas, Suite 900 Houston, TX 77010

Registration (Invitation Only)

  • There is no cost to attend, but preregistration is required. Please register by Nov. 12.

COVID Safety

  • The convening will be in-person at the Greater Houston Partnership office and will follow CDC guidelines for events. Additional safety information will be provided to registrants.


8:30 a.m.

Coffee and refreshments

9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Bob Harvey, President and CEO, Greater Houston Partnership
Sylvester Turner, Mayor, City of Houston
Lina Hidalgo, County Judge, Harris County

9:30 a.m.

Roundtable Discussion 1: Connectivity Lessons During COVID-19

10:00 a.m.

Roundtable Discussion 2: New Technologies for New Frontiers

10:30 a.m.

Roundtable Discussion 3: The Economic Impact of Connectivity

11:00 a.m.

Fireside Chat
Gregory Conte, Director, Texas Broadband Development Office
Facilitator: Daron Peschel, Senior Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch

11:30 a.m.

Wrap-Up and Call to Action

For More Information

Contact Thomas Guerra with any questions.