The structure of the Texas economy has been changing in very significant ways over the last 20 years, and continues to evolve rapidly. Texas currently accounts for 9.2 percent of U.S. GDP, with an economy that is disproportionately tilted toward global markets—16.5 percent of U.S. merchandise exports originate in Texas. The Texas labor force is equally global in its orientation—with 21.2 percent of its workers born outside of the U.S. About 42 percent of these foreign-born workers have been estimated to be unauthorized immigrants. Many of Texas’ largest and recently growing sectors—oil, gas and mining, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, and tech-intensive sectors like professional, business and technical services—face outward, toward global markets, and are intimately connected to Texas’ role as a U.S. export hub.
Proposed changes in federal and state trade, immigration and border governance policies will have BIG potential impacts on Texas. Attendees at this conference will hear from subject matter experts about likely implications for Texas and new policy challenges that may emerge. Attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of what these impacts are likely to be and how they are likely to affect their interests.
Target audiences: Texas public policy community—including legislature and staff; state government agencies staff; local government; NGOs; Texas industrial community, especially trade-oriented businesses and high tech enterprises; and academics/social scientists at UT and other higher ed institutions in Texas with an interest in trade, border governance and immigration policies. The conference is open to the public with limited capacity seating. Registration is required.