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Vistas from Texas: An Economic Outlook

June 27, 2018 San Antonio

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ San Antonio 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 experts discussed local workforce development issues and the skills gap in the San Antonio region.

Agenda

June 27

8:00 a.m.

Check-In and Continental Breakfast

8:40 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

8:45 a.m.

Session 1: Economic Outlooks
Speakers will give an overview of recent developments in the global economy 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.

 

Moderator
Laila Assanie
Senior Business Economist
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

  • International
    Mark Wynne
    Vice President
    Associate Director of Research and Director of the Globalization and Monetary Policy Institute 
    Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
    Presentation
  • United States
    Anton Cheremukhin
    Senior Research Economist 
    Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
    Presentation
  • Texas
    Keith Phillips
    Assistant Vice President and Senior Economist 
    Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, San Antonio Branch
    Presentation

10:00 a.m.

Break

10:15 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
    Senior 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
    Laila Assanie
    Presentation

11:30 a.m.

Lunch: Gone to Texas: Migration Vital to Growth in the Lone Star State

 

Pia Orrenius
Vice President and Senior Economist 
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Presentation

12:30 p.m.

Session 3: Workforce Development and the Skills Gap
This panel discussion will offer unique perspectives about the development of the local workforce in the San Antonio area to meet the changing needs of the business community.

 

Moderator
Keith R. Phillips

  • What skills are in demand in San Antonio and where are the largest gaps?
    Romanita Matta-Barrera
    SA Works
    Presentation
  • The growing educational opportunities and challenges in South Texas
    Marie Mora
    University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    Presentation
  • Innovative ways to teach high-tech skills
    Jason Straughan
    Codeup
    Presentation

1:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks

If you have questions, please contact the San Antonio Branch at sacommunications@dal.frb.org or 210-978-1487.