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Vistas from Texas: An Economic Outlook

October 19, 2017 El Paso

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ El Paso Branch hosted “Sizing Up Texas’ Growth,” a conference addressing economic trends and prospects for the state and its major regions—South Texas, the Gulf Coast, West Texas and North Texas. Dallas Fed economists discussed regional issues as well as the national and global economies. Additionally, a panel of local business and community leaders provided their insights on the Paso del Norte region.

Agenda

Thursday, October 19

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 recovered from the energy sector decline.

Moderator
Emily Kerr
Senior Business Economist
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
 
International
Everett Grant
Research Economist 
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Presentation

United States
Jim Dolmas
Senior Research Economist and Advisor
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Presentation

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

10:30 a.m.

Break

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 the ongoing energy sector recovery, the impact of Mexico and the maquiladora industry, and factors contributing to growth in the major metros.

Moderator
Jesus Cañas
Senior Business Economist
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

South Texas
Keith R. Phillips
Presentation

Gulf Coast
Jesse B. Thompson III
Business Economist 
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch
Presentation

West Texas
Marycruz De Leon
Senior Economic Analyst
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, El Paso Branch
Presentation

North Texas
Emily Kerr
Presentation

Noon

Lunch: U.S.–Mexico Trade Amidst the NAFTA Renegotiation

 

Christopher Wilson
Deputy Director of the Mexico Institute
Woodrow Wilson Center
Presentation

1:00 p.m.

Session 3: Paso del Norte Border Economic Outlook

 

This panel discussion will offer unique perspectives on the Paso del Norte region. Key business and community leaders will share their insights on the opportunities and challenges facing the region, which includes El Paso, southern New Mexico and northern Mexico.

Moderator
Roberto A. Coronado
Vice President and Senior Economist
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, El Paso Branch

Jon Barela
CEO
Borderplex Alliance

Brad Beasley
Partner
Beasley, Mitchell and Co. CPAs

Maria Teresa Delgado
President
Asociación de Maquiladoras/Index Juárez

Crystal Long
President and CEO
GECU

2:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks