UHV to Host Second Economic Development Summit

On Tuesday, August 22, the University of Houston-Victoria will host the second biennial Golden Crescent Regional Economic Development Summit. The event will be held from 7:45 to 6:30 p.m. in the university Multi-Purpose Room and will bring together community, government, business, labor and education leaders to discuss economic strengths and challenges for the region.

Keynote speakers at the event will include Carlton Schwab of the Texas Economic Development Council and Doug Ridge of the Texas Workforce Commission. Mark Ellison, from the Office of the Governor, has also been invited to speak. Presentations will focus on sustaining development efforts, advancing opportunities for growth and promoting visionary leadership within business and government.

The first regional Economic Development Summit was held in 2004 and attended by approximately 100 people. Event organizers for the upcoming summit hope to build on the successes of the previous event and are planning on 150 participants.

New this year will be an open forum during the afternoon that will facilitate participants in voicing their thoughts, ideas and concerns for the region. A “Cyber Café” will also be available to allow attendees to check in with their offices via email while at the summit.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to bring people together to discuss what’s going on in the Golden Crescent and ways we can all work together to help our regional economy grow. We expect a lot of synergy between regional stakeholders will be generated by this event,” said event organizer Brittany Hollas.

Cost of participation in the summit is $50 per attendee. The event is open to any interested individual.

The summit is sponsored by UHV in partnership with Victoria College, Texas Workforce Solutions of the Golden Crescent, Victoria Area Chamber of Commerce, Victoria Economic Development Corporation, and the Small Business Development Center. For registration, sponsorship or more information, contact Brittany Hollas at (361) 570-4349.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.