Keeping the Miracle Alive: Ensuring Texas' Competitiveness

  • Thursday, March 05, 2015
  • 5:00 PM
  • Friday, March 06, 2015
  • 12:30 PM
  • The Hilton Austin Hotel, Austin, Texas

Lyceum members and the public are welcome to view the following videos of the panel discussions held on March 6, 2015 at the Public Conference. A summary video may also be viewed.

I. Will the Water Tap Run Dry in Texas?
Greg Flores, Kathleen Jackson, Robert R. Puente, Sen. Charles Perry & Rep. Jim Keffer
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II. In a Traffic Jam? Can Big Tex Move People and Goods and Remain Economically Competitive?
Jeff Moseley, Phil Wilson, Jeff Austin III, John Langmore & Randy Bowman
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III. Women Leading the Way
Judy Maggio, Arcilia Acosta & Gay Gaddis
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IV. Texas Business Legends Unplugged
Bill Hammond, Red McCombs, Drayton McLane, Jr. & Jack Martin
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V. Setting the Stage: Strengthening the Education to Workforce Pipeline
Woody Hunt
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VI. Strengthening the Education to Workforce Pipeline
Ross Ramsey, Michael Williams, Dr. Raymund A. Paredes & Andres Alcantar
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VII. Fueling the Miracle: The Impact of Low Oil & Gas Prices
Castlen Kennedy, Dale Craymer & Scott Sheffield
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The Public Conference program is here.

For many years, Texas has been widely considered the best place in America to own a business, relocate an existing company, and create jobs. People suggest this consideration is due to many reasons, some of which are a business-friendly regulatory environment, a skilled talent pool, a low tax burden, and a low cost of living. Given that other states are aggressively targeting Texas' success, how can we ensure that the "Texas Miracle" continues? How do we remain a top competitor in the race for domestic and foreign companies to remain or locate here in the state?

The 2015 Texas Lyceum Public Conference will address some of the short and long-term challenges affecting Texas' ability to remain a top competitor in the ever-changing global market. Conference attendees will hear a variety of experts deliberate on important issues impacting our continued ability to compete, issues such as water, infrastructure, workforce and education. With a brand new slate of state leadership, as well as a new group of committee chairs in the both chambers of the Texas Legislature, the 2015 Public Conference will discuss short and long term solutions, as we work collectively towards a sustainable economic strategy. This year promises to be a defining one in our state's great history. With the threat of aggressive competition on both the domestic and foreign fronts, how can we make sure that Texas remains strongly competitive and is the location of choice for business both large and small? In 2015, more than any other year, the Texas Lyceum will have a unique opportunity to influence a new crop of Texas leaders and the direction our state is headed.

Check out this CNBC video on the subject of whether or not Texas will remain a top state for business. Tilman Fertitta was interviewed by CNBC regarding the low oil gasoline prices and the impact that may have on the Texas economy.

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