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Growing Pains Of Houston’s Energy Boom To Be Discussed At Institute For Regional Forecasting Symposium Nov. 20

Published on November 18, 2014

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Growing Pains Of Houston’s Energy Boom To Be Discussed At Institute For Regional Forecasting Symposium Nov. 20

Houston’s energy boom has brought 630,000 new jobs over the last decade, during an unprecedented expansion of U.S. oil exploration and production. This rapid growth has also brought Houston shortages of housing, labor, office and retail space, and basic infrastructure like roads and highways. While coping with these problems, a recent drop in oil prices have raised concerns of the durability of the energy boom itself.

The Institute for Regional Forecasting will assess the prospects for continued low oil prices and its impact on Houston at its Fall Symposium on Nov. 20 (register here). It will also weigh this against continued positives for the local economy – an ongoing chemical and LNG export construction boom driven by low energy prices, a rapidly-healing U.S. economy, and continued catch-up from 10-years of rapid growth.

Bauer College’s Institute for Regional Forecasting Director Robert W. (Bill) Gilmer is available to discuss the Fall Symposium and future projections for Houston’s economy.

Event Details:
Date: Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
Time: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel (Imperial Ballroom), 1200 Louisiana, Houston, TX 77002


To schedule an interview or attend the event, see Media Contact section to the right.

Tech Entrepreneurs Collaborate With Startup Community To Launch High Demand Businesses

As the Houston startup scene continues to rival the likes of Austin or Silicon Valley, there is a call to action for more co-working spaces and accelerators that can provide collaborative opportunities with mentors and investors. 3 Day Startup (3DS) programs have popped up worldwide, answering this call for opportunity, assisting tech entrepreneurs with resources to start software companies in the span of just one weekend.

Houston’s own version of this event has resulted in 29 companies from 3DS being accepted to accelerators such as Y Combinator, TechStars, 500 Startups and Capital Factory. Hosted by University of Houston’s startup accelerator, RED Labs, co-working space is provided for over 40 students from across the UH campus who have a wide range of backgrounds, but share an entrepreneurial spirit. At the end of the weekend, there will be a pitch presentation with minimal prototype demos that offer students feedback from a panel of Houston startup community members and investors.

Bauer RED Labs Founder and Clinical Assistant Professor Hesam Panahi is available to discuss how accelerator programs provide mentorship and resources to the local startup community.


Photo/Filming Opportunity
Date: Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014
Time: 7– 9 p.m.
Location: C. T. Bauer College of Business, University of Houston
University and Classroom Business Building (UCBB)
Houston, TX 77204-6021

To schedule an interview or attend 3 Day Startup, see Media Contact section to the right.

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