The ongoing news is the presidential search. As you all know, Dr. Reed retired a couple of months ago and so the board has been actively working to develop the presidential profile. We had several public forums, working with the...
The Texas-Mexico border is a key economic gateway to the United States. The region has grown significantly over the years with 97% employment growth between 1990 to 2019 (1.4 million new jobs). But it also has a critical role...
2020 proved to be an extremely difficult year for many people. Last year we saw the rise of a global pandemic that devasted economies and tossed everyday lives into turmoil. Simple tasks like going to school, going out with friends,...
Texas’ lead in connecting the country to oil and gas, has built life as we know it, however today’s energy infrastructure is not the end to our journey of ingenuity. In fact, following the events of the Texas Freeze,...
Even before the pandemic, Texas schools faced daunting challenges. About 88% of students were economically disadvantaged. Two ethnic groups that comprised about two-thirds of enrollment (and rapidly growing) held less than 8% of the state's wealth. Many districts had...
Now that things are getting closer to normal after the extreme weather and blackouts, attention has rightly and rapidly turned to actions to ensure that we never have a repeat.  One thing that has emerged is the need for a...
Imagine you need to get somewhere quickly and safely. You call your ride-sharing company who sends Fred Flintstone in his family car. Not what you had in mind and not what you paid for. The Texas Immunization Registry, ImmTrac2,...
The latest stimulus comes with a price tag of $1.9 trillion, adding to the $4 trillion authorized last year. The final bill is a “mixed bag,” with numerous provisions crucial to sustaining the recovery but others less essential. Such...
What went wrong with the Texas power grid during the recent extreme weather event? Everything – but it’s complicated.  One key issue is that Texas homes, buildings, and power infrastructures are geared toward dealing with the issue that we most...
It’s been more than 30 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law, but even with equal protections legally guaranteed, progress for disabled Texans has been mixed. On the one hand, employment for disabled adults in the...

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