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Houston Looks For Alternatives To Boost Economy

Published on May 20, 2014

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For years, Houston’s economy has been solely dependent on the energy industry and its international oil and gas efforts to provide locals with jobs. However, newly revised data on Houston’s employment confirm that a slowdown in local job growth began in mid-2013.

The Institute for Regional Forecasting will reassess how dependent we are on upstream oil today as well as alternative industry prospects to drive Houston’s economy forward at its Spring Symposium (register here).

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

Event Details:

Date: Thursday, May, 22 2014

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel (Imperial Ballroom)

1200 Louisiana

Houston, TX 77002

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According to recent data from TripAdvisor, this year’s travel during summer vacation months has the potential to be bigger than in 2013, but a survey from shows that with U.S. employees leaving all or some of their vacation days unused, it’s costing the economy billions.

A majority said the reason for this is not having anyone available to do their job while they are out of the office and are afraid of falling behind. This has the potential to negatively impact productivity and health in the office.

Bauer College associate professor Richard DeFrank studies workplace issues and is available to discuss why workers in the U.S. are increasingly choosing to work through September without taking the vacation time allotted to them by employers.

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