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Vistas from Texas: An Economic Outlook

Dallas Fed

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas hosted the second installment of the conference series Sizing Up Texas' Growth, which examined economic trends and prospects for Texas and its major regions—South Texas, the Gulf Coast, West Texas and North Texas. Speakers also addressed the national and global economies. Additionally, this year, experts will explore the growth impact of the North Texas business services sector, including State Farm and Cinépolis.

About the Event

The one-day conference “Vistas from Texas: An Economic Outlook” was sponsored by the Research Department’s regional group and was held Nov. 4, 2016 at the Dallas Fed. Future installments of the series will rotate between the Dallas Fed and its branches in Houston, El Paso and San Antonio.


Friday, Nov. 4

8:00 a.m.

Check-In and Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

9:15 a.m.

Session 1: Economic Outlooks


Speakers will give an overview of recent developments in the global economy, with a focus on the euro area and China, and potential implications for the U.S. economy; discuss recent developments in the U.S. and how they impact the national economic outlook; and highlight the state economy, which has weathered the energy sector decline.

Mark A. Wynne
Vice President, Associate Director of Research and Director of the Globalization and Monetary Policy Institute
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

United States
Anthony Murphy
Policy Advisor and Senior Economist
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Keith R. Phillips
Assistant Vice President and Senior Economist
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, San Antonio Branch

10:30 a.m.


10:45 a.m.

Session 2: Regional Focus


Speakers will focus on economic trends in the major regions within Texas. Presentations will detail challenges and opportunities unique to each area. Highlights will include effects from ongoing energy sector weakness, the impact of Mexico and the maquiladora industry, and factors that are contributing to growth in the major metros.

South Texas
Keith R. Phillips

Gulf Coast
Robert W. Gilmer
Director, Institute for Regional Forecasting
C.T. Bauer College of Business, University of Houston

West Texas
Jesus Cañas
Business Economist
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

North Texas
Amy Jordan
Assistant Economist
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas


Lunch: The Nation’s Gloomy Long-Term Fiscal Outlook


Jason Saving
Senior Research Economist and Advisor
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

1:00 p.m.

Session 3: North Texas—Business Services Center


What makes North Texas attractive to businesses? Business leaders whose companies now call this region home will talk about what’s bringing them here, whether they expect that trend to continue, and what they see as the future of the region.

Phillip Strong
Assistant Vice President
State Farm

Adrian Mijares Elizondo
Cinépolis USA

Steve Hemperly
Managing Director
JPMorgan Chase

2:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks