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    Texas Economic Recovery Conference - November 7, 2011 - Austin, TX
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    Agenda Last Updated On: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
    Monday, November 7, 2011

    8:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast

    8:45am Welcome from:



    Andy Melvin, Managing Director, INFORMATION MANAGEMENT NETWORK

    8:50am Mayoral Welcome to the Delegation

    Opening Welcome By:

    Lee Leffingwell, Mayor, CITY OF AUSTIN [ BIO ]

    9:00am National Strategic Priorities: Overview of Strategies for Economic Recovery

    An overview of the key areas highlighted as priorities in stimulating and sustaining long-term economic recovery, job growth and business expansion. Initiatives to be examined include education, energy, information technology, infrastructure, science and healthcare. Additionally, the national security priority of ensuring the stability of our financial system and having sound fiscal and monetary policies in place will be addressed.

    Moderator:

    Cindy L. Grossman, Partner, GIORDANI SWANGER RIPP & PHILLIPS LLP [ BIO ]

    Panelists:

    Kevin Johns AICP, Director, ECONOMIC GROWTH & REDEVELOPMENT OFFICE (CITY OF AUSTIN) [ BIO ]
    Keith R. Phillips, Senior Economist and Policy Advisor, FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF DALLAS (SAN ANTONIO BRANCH) [ BIO ] [ PRESENTATION ]
    Sorin Sorescu Ph.D, Patricia and Bookman Peters Professor and Head of the Department of Finance, MAYS BUSINESS SCHOOL AT TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY [ BIO ]
    Pramod Kulkarni, Editor, WORLD OIL MAGAZINE [ BIO ] [ PRESENTATION ]

    Cindy Grossman
Partner
GIORDANI SWANGER RIPP & PHILLIPS LLP
    Grossman
    Kevin Johns
Director
ECONOMIC GROWTH & REDEVELOPMENT OFFICE (CITY OF AUSTIN)
    Johns
    Keith Phillips
Senior Economist and Policy Advisor
FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF DALLAS (SAN ANTONIO BRANCH)
    Phillips
    Sorin Sorescu
Patricia and Bookman Peters Professor and Head of the Department of Finance
MAYS BUSINESS SCHOOL AT TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
    Sorescu
    Pramod Kulkarni
Editor
WORLD OIL MAGAZINE
    Kulkarni

    9:50am Economic Analysis – “The State of the State”

    Economists and State finance officials set the scene by giving a macroeconomic overview of the current State finances and share their visions for recovery and growth in the months and years ahead.

    Moderator:

    Carlton Schwab, President/CEO, TEXAS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL [ BIO ]

    Panelists:

    Dave Porter, Senior Vice President, Economic Development, AUSTIN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
    Patrick Starley, CEO, BUFFINGTON CAPITAL HOLDINGS LLC [ BIO ]
    John Rees, Economist, CAPITAL AREA COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS [ BIO ]
    Dick Lavine, Senior Fiscal Analyst, CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES [ BIO ]
    Pia Orrenius, Research Officer and Senior Economist, FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF DALLAS [ BIO ] [ PRESENTATION ]
    Mark Dotzour, Chief Economist Real Estate Center, TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY [ BIO ]

    Carlton Schwab
President/CEO
TEXAS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
    Schwab
    Patrick Starley
CEO
BUFFINGTON CAPITAL HOLDINGS LLC
    Starley
    John Rees
Economist
CAPITAL AREA COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS
    Rees
    Dick Lavine
Senior Fiscal Analyst
CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES
    Lavine
    Pia Orrenius
Research Officer and Senior Economist
FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF DALLAS
    Orrenius
    Mark Dotzour
Chief Economist Real Estate Center
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
    Dotzour

    10:40am Networking Refreshments

    11:00am Spotlight on the Pension Funding Crisis
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    Pension fund officials and consultants give a detailed view of the concerns faced by States and local governments due to the unfunded pension liabilities. Debates include the ongoing discussion regarding the pros and cons of Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution plans, and the long-term effects of pension obligations on municipal government budget strategy.

    Moderator:

    Ruth T. Ryerson, Chief Investment Officer / Executive Director, FORT WORTH EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT FUND [ BIO ]

    Panelists:

    Larry A. Reed, Trustee, SAN ANTONIO FIRE & POLICE PENSION FUND [ BIO ]
    David Driscoll, Principal, Consulting Actuary, BUCK CONSULTANTS LLC [ BIO ]
    Pete Morin, Trustee, CITY OF AUSTIN POLICE RETIREMENT SYSTEM [ BIO ]
    Steven G. Shaw JD, MBA, PhD, CFP, Former Vice Chairman - Board of Trustees, DALLAS POLICE & FIRE PENSION SYSTEM [ BIO ]

    Ruth Ryerson
Chief Investment Officer / Executive Director
FORT WORTH EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT FUND
    Ryerson
    Larry Reed
Trustee
SAN ANTONIO FIRE & POLICE PENSION FUND
    Reed
    David Driscoll
Principal, Consulting Actuary
BUCK CONSULTANTS LLC
    Driscoll
    Pete Morin
Trustee
CITY OF AUSTIN POLICE RETIREMENT SYSTEM
    Morin
    Steven Shaw
Former Vice Chairman - Board of Trustees
DALLAS POLICE & FIRE PENSION SYSTEM
    Shaw

    11:45am Attracting, Developing and Retaining Intellectual Talent: Higher Education & Recruitment Partnerships for Workforce Development
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    A discussion on how States can create an environment conducive to the development and retention of intellectual talent and business innovators. The discussion includes a debate on the issues of higher education and talent management policies within the public and private sectors, particularly relating to the long-term retention of globally mobilized intellectual talent educated within the U.S.

    Moderator:

    Rene Nunez, Former Chairman, TEXAS PERMANENT SCHOOL FUND [ BIO ]

    Panelists:

    Bill Louden, Executive Director, International Institute & Department Chair, International Business, AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE [ BIO ]
    Nicole Conley-Abram, Chief Financial Officer, AUSTIN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT [ BIO ]
    Amparo Isaza-Navarrete M.Ed, Recruitment Program Coordinator, BRAILSFORD COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES [ BIO ]
    Cliff Zintgraff, President & CEO, DAVINCI MINDS, INC. [ BIO ]

    Rene Nunez
Former Chairman
TEXAS PERMANENT SCHOOL FUND
    Nunez
    Bill Louden
Executive Director, International Institute & Department Chair, International Business
AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE
    Louden
    Nicole Conley-Abram
Chief Financial Officer
AUSTIN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
    Conley-Abram
    Amparo Isaza-Navarrete
Recruitment Program Coordinator
BRAILSFORD COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES
    Isaza-Navarrete
    Cliff Zintgraff
President & CEO
DAVINCI MINDS, INC.
    Zintgraff

    12:30pm Luncheon Presentation: Emerging Technology and Education Strategies for Texas Competitiveness, Innovation and Security

    Learn about emerging technologies, emerging jobs, and innovative education programs with Texas' Jim Brazell. Forget crystal ball technology forecasting and pie-in-the sky predictions, Jim explores 'real world' examples of futuristic technologies, emerging job requirements, and global innovation community strategies. Move from why and what needs to change to how you can achieve change in this 40 minute program.

    Presenter:

    Jim Brazell, TECHNOLOGY FORECASTER AND STRATEGIST [ BIO ] [ PRESENTATION ]

    Jim Brazell

TECHNOLOGY FORECASTER AND STRATEGIST
    Brazell

    1:30pm Energy and Global Resources: The Texas Nexus
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    A closer look at specific energy and technology innovations that form a key component of the national debate on energy independence and transition to renewable power sources. How can Texas become a center for investment in clean technology, and how can the growth of the industry benefit the State’s employment rate and tax revenues?

    Moderator:

    Steven G. Shaw JD, MBA, PhD, CFP, Former Vice Chairman - Board of Trustees, DALLAS POLICE & FIRE PENSION SYSTEM [ BIO ]

    Panelists:

    Bill Short, Chief Executive Officer, AM-PRES CORPORATION [ BIO ]
    Brian H. Lloyd, Executive Director, PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION OF TEXAS [ BIO ]
    Hank Habicht, Managing Partner, SAIL CAPITAL PARTNERS [ BIO ]
    Mitch Jacobson, Co-Director, Clean Energy Incubator at ATI, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN [ BIO ] [ PRESENTATION ]
    Carlos Coe, President and CEO, XTREME POWER

    Steven Shaw
Former Vice Chairman - Board of Trustees
DALLAS POLICE & FIRE PENSION SYSTEM
    Shaw
    Bill Short
Chief Executive Officer
AM-PRES CORPORATION
    Short
    Hank Habicht
Managing Partner
SAIL CAPITAL PARTNERS
    Habicht
    Mitch Jacobson
Co-Director, Clean Energy Incubator at ATI
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
    Jacobson

    2:30pm Collaborative Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurship: How Local Businesses, Municipalities and Centers of Research Can Work Together Towards Recovery
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    Research shows that entrepreneurial businesses are the true job generators in today's economy. Business leaders, angel investors and entrepreneurs highlight organizations, business associations, academic resources and other options available to investors and industries looking to develop in Texas. As the tides of the economy shift once more and increased emphasis is placed on job creation, key stakeholders in the economic development sphere are increasingly looking for more ways to support entrepreneurs to meet goals for economic growth. This session will outline the critical components necessary to foster entrepreneurial growth in a community.

    Moderator:

    Jim Brazell, TECHNOLOGY FORECASTER AND STRATEGIST [ BIO ]

    Panelists:

    Jamie Rhodes, Founder and Chairman of the Board, CENTRAL TEXAS ANGEL NETWORK (CTAN) [ BIO ]
    Gary Hoover, Entrepreneur, HOOVER ACADEMY [ BIO ]
    Eli Mercer, Manager of Technology Transfer and Commercialization, IC2 INSTITUTE - UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN [ BIO ]
    Sonia Gaillard MSTC, CGBP, Director, SMCA ENTREPRENEURSHIP CENTER FOR ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL INNOVATION & Managing Director, NVENTIA VENTURES LLC [ BIO ]
    Elijay May, TEXAS INNOVATION CENTER [ BIO ]
    Matt Tankersley, Principal Client Manager, TRANSCEND UNITED TECHNOLOGIES

    Jim Brazell

TECHNOLOGY FORECASTER AND STRATEGIST
    Brazell
    Gary Hoover
Entrepreneur
HOOVER ACADEMY
    Hoover
    Eli Mercer
Manager of Technology Transfer and Commercialization
IC2 INSTITUTE - UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
    Mercer
    Sonia Gaillard
Director, SMCA ENTREPRENEURSHIP CENTER FOR ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL INNOVATION & Managing Director
NVENTIA VENTURES LLC
    Gaillard
    Elijay May

TEXAS INNOVATION CENTER
    May

    3:30pm Networking Refreshments

    3:45pm Technology Sector: High-Tech Investment in Texas
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    With emerging markets such as China and India challenging the United States' position as a leader in high value-added innovation, how can States create an environment that allows high-tech entrepreneurs and small businesses the opportunities, resources and support required to grow new industry and develop new technologies? And how can successful start-ups and entrepreneurs be encouraged to expand regionally instead of outsourcing or moving operations entirely? With a focus on the “Silicon Hills” high-tech industry of Austin, this panel discusses the current tech boom and how private and public players in Texas can further support the second largest tech sector of its kind in the United States.

    Moderator:

    Mitch Scherr, CEO, MSI ADVISORS, LLC [ BIO ]

    Panelists:

    Cliff Zintgraff, President & CEO, DAVINCI MINDS, INC. [ BIO ]
    J. Nixon Fox III, Partner, DUBOIS, BRYANT & CAMPBELL LLP [ BIO ]
    Larry Peterson, Executive Director, TEXAS FOUNDATION FOR INNOVATIVE COMMUNITIES [ BIO ]
    Gregory L. Bailes CPA, Partner-in-Charge, Technology Services, WEAVER LLP [ BIO ]

    Mitch Scherr
CEO
MSI ADVISORS, LLC
    Scherr
    Cliff Zintgraff
President & CEO
DAVINCI MINDS, INC.
    Zintgraff
    J. Nixon Fox
Partner
DUBOIS, BRYANT & CAMPBELL LLP
    Fox
    Larry Peterson
Executive Director
TEXAS FOUNDATION FOR INNOVATIVE COMMUNITIES
    Peterson
    Gregory Bailes
Partner-in-Charge, Technology Services
WEAVER LLP
    Bailes

    4:30pm Utilizing Public/Private Partnerships in Regeneration Projects
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    State budgets are being slashed in a time of recession, but public/private partnerships offer a way to finance infrastructure and regeneration projects while taking the burden away from municipalities. Private investors outline their goals and explain benefits to local municipalities, while government leaders outline the impact on public services, cost-effectiveness and long-term prospects.

    Moderator:

    Kevin Johns AICP, Director, ECONOMIC GROWTH & REDEVELOPMENT OFFICE (CITY OF AUSTIN) [ BIO ]

    Panelists:

    Rodney Rhoades, Director of Finance, CITY OF MCKINNEY [ BIO ]
    Timothy Merriweather, LONGBOW PARTNERS, LLP [ BIO ]

    Kevin Johns
Director
ECONOMIC GROWTH & REDEVELOPMENT OFFICE (CITY OF AUSTIN)
    Johns
    Timothy Merriweather

LONGBOW PARTNERS, LLP
    Merriweather

    5:15pm Networking Cocktail Party

    6:15pm IMN's Inaugural Texas Economic Recovery Conference Concludes


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