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The 2018 Texas Tribune Festival is upon us! Join us Sept. 27-29 in downtown Austin for two days of unique perspectives, thoughtful conversation and networking — all in the shadow of the Texas Capitol. 

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Economy [clear filter]
Saturday, September 29
 

9:00am CDT

From Deployment to Employment
How Texas is putting veterans to work.

Supported by the Texas Tech University System, Zachry Group and The Boeing Company

Moderators
avatar for Alana Rocha

Alana Rocha

Multimedia Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Rocha joined the Tribune staff as a multimedia reporter after working eight years in television and radio news. She's covered politics for stations in Florida, Kansas and Texas and traveled the country reporting from the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaign trails. In her five years... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jodey Arrington

Jodey Arrington

U.S. Representative, R-Lubbock
Arrington, R- Lubbock, has represented Texas’ 19th Congressional District since 2017. He is a member of the House Agriculture, Budget, and Veterans’ Affairs committees and serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity. Arrington previously served as an adviser... Read More →
avatar for Richard Delgado

Richard Delgado

Director of Military Affairs for Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Delgado, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, has served as director of military affairs and ROTC at Texas A&M University-San Antonio for nearly 10 years, where he has helped facilitate training for faculty and staff on military cultural competence and built community partnerships.
avatar for Ruth Ruggero Hughs

Ruth Ruggero Hughs

Chairwoman of the Texas Workforce Commission
Hughs was appointed to the Texas Workforce Commission by Gov. Greg Abbott in 2015, and was named chairwoman in August 2018. Prior to her appointment, she served as director of defense litigation for the Texas Attorney General’s Office, where she oversaw 11 civil litigation divisions... Read More →
avatar for Paul Rieckhoff

Paul Rieckhoff

Founder and CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
Rieckhoff has served as founder and CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America since 2004. He served as an Army first lieutenant and infantry rifle platoon leader in Iraq from 2003 to 2004 and served in the U.S. Army Reserves. Rieckhoff is a regular contributor to The New York... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Studio 919 at The Texas Tribune
  Economy

9:00am CDT

Public Equity
How cities are promoting upward mobility, advancing opportunity and driving economic growth.

Supported by Texas A&M University and Lyft

Moderators
avatar for Brandon Formby

Brandon Formby

Urban Affairs Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Formby writes about the challenges facing Texas’ largest metro areas as they experience unbridled growth. He joined the Tribune in October 2016 and is the organization’s first reporter based in Dallas. Previously, Formby spent more than 13 years at The Dallas Morning News, where... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Henry Cisneros

Henry Cisneros

Former Mayor of San Antonio and Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Cisneros served as housing secretary under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997 and as mayor of San Antonio from 1981 to 1989. He previously served as president and chief operating officer of Univision, president of the National League of Cities and deputy chairman of the Federal... Read More →
avatar for Annise Parker

Annise Parker

President and CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund & Institute and Former Mayor of Houston
Parker served as mayor of Houston from 2010 to 2016 — the first openly LGBTQ mayor of a major American city. Previously, she served on the Houston City Council and was later elected city controller. Parker currently serves as president and CEO of the Victory Fund and Victory Institute... Read More →
avatar for Kasim Reed

Kasim Reed

Former Mayor of Atlanta
Reed served as mayor of Atlanta from 2010 to January 2018. Prior to serving as mayor, he served nearly four terms as a state senator and two terms as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives. Reed is a graduate of Howard University.


Saturday September 29, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room
  Economy

12:45pm CDT

Priced Out
Why is it so expensive to live in Texas cities, and what can local officials do about it?

Supported by Lobby Days

Moderators
avatar for Matthew Watkins

Matthew Watkins

Breaking News Editor for The Texas Tribune
Watkins is the breaking news editor for the Tribune. Before becoming an editor, he wrote about higher education and the business of college sports for the Tribune. Previously, Watkins covered local government as the Dallas County government reporter at The Dallas Morning News and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Gerald Cichon

Gerald Cichon

CEO of the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso
Cichon has led the El Paso Housing Authority since 2008. He previously served as chief counsel for the western district of Texas with the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas. Cichon was also a former senior felony prosecutor for the El Paso District Attorney’s Office... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Eckhardt

Sarah Eckhardt

Travis County Judge
Eckhardt has served as Travis County judge since 2015. Prior to her election, she spent eight years working as an assistant attorney for the county and was elected to the commissioners court in 2006. Eckhardt also serves on the Transportation Policy Board of the Capital Area Metropolitan... Read More →
avatar for Rodney Ellis

Rodney Ellis

Harris County Commissioner
Ellis has served as a Harris County commissioner since 2017. He previously represented Texas Senate District 13 from 1990 to 2017, where he worked on economic development, education and budget policy. Ellis also served three terms on the Houston City Council and as chief of staff... Read More →
avatar for Eddie Bernice Johnson

Eddie Bernice Johnson

U.S Representative, D-Dallas
Johnson, D-Dallas, has represented Texas’ 30th Congressional District since 1993. She is currently a ranking member of the House Committee on Science, Space & Technology and a senior member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. Johnson previously served as a regional... Read More →
avatar for Rey Saldaña

Rey Saldaña

San Antonio City Councilman
Saldaña has represented San Antonio Council District 4 since 2011. He currently serves as vice chairman of the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and as chief engagement officer for KIPP San Antonio. Saldaña has worked on several education initiatives, including organizing... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm CDT
Studio 919 at The Texas Tribune
  Economy

12:45pm CDT

Trade Winds
What the battles over NAFTA and tariffs could mean for the economic future of Texas.

Supported by Texas A&M University

Moderators
avatar for Julián Aguilar

Julián Aguilar

Immigration and Border Security Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Aguilar reports on politics, immigration and border security issues for The Texas Tribune from the Texas-Mexico border. His political coverage has included local, legislative and congressional races in Texas, as well as local and national elections in Mexico. Previously, Aguilar was... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rafael Anchia

Rafael Anchia

State Representative, D-Dallas
Anchia, D-Dallas, has represented House District 103 since 2005. He serves as chairman of the House International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee and sits on the Pensions Committee and the Select Committee on State & Federal Power & Responsibility. Anchia also serves as... Read More →
avatar for Antonio Garza

Antonio Garza

Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico
Garza served as the U.S. ambassador to Mexico from 2002 to 2009. He is currently counsel to White & Case in Mexico City and serves as a trustee to Southern Methodist University. He is a past president of the University of Texas at Austin's alumni association. Garza has also served... Read More →
avatar for Jack Martin

Jack Martin

Global Chairman and CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Martin has served as global chairman and CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies since 2011. He founded Public Strategies Inc., a communications consulting firm, now part of Hill+Knowlton Strategies. Martin has managed the communications, government affairs and investor relations strategy... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm CDT
Texas Public Policy Foundation, Auditorium
  Economy