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Saturday, September 23
 

8:30am

Is There an Oil Boom Around the Corner?

No state wants one more than the number one producer of crude oil in the U.S.


Moderators
avatar for Russell Gold (mod.)

Russell Gold (mod.)

Senior Energy Reporter at The Wall Street Journal
Gold has been a reporter in Texas for The Wall Street Journal since 2000. He covers fracking and the U.S. energy industry and is the author of the book The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World. Gold has previously worked for the San Antonio... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Allen Gilmer

Allen Gilmer

Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Drillinginfo and Chairman of TIPRO
Gilmer co-founded Drillinginfo in 1999 and currently serves as executive chairman. In 2016, he was elected chairman of the Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association, one of the largest oil and natural gas groups in the United States. Previously, Gilmer worked as an... Read More →
avatar for Ken Morgan

Ken Morgan

Director of the Energy Institute at Texas Christian University
Morgan has served as founder and director of the TCU Energy Institute since 2008. As director, he has established an advisory board of 24 energy companies and started the Texas Metroplex Natural Gas Vehicle Consortium of over 160 companies. Morgan also serves on the board of the Texas... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Sitton

Ryan Sitton

Texas Railroad Commissioner
Sitton was elected to his first term on the Railroad Commission in 2014. He is the co-founder of Pinnacle Advanced Reliability Technologies, an engineering and technology company focused on programs for the oil, gas and petrochemical industry. Sitton has also served on the board of... Read More →
avatar for Todd Staples

Todd Staples

President of the Texas Oil & Gas Association
Staples has led the Texas and Oil & Gas Association, the state’s oldest and largest oil and gas trade association, since 2014. Previously, he served two terms as Texas agriculture commissioner. Staples was also a member of the Texas House and Senate and a member of the Palestine... Read More →
avatar for Melinda Taylor

Melinda Taylor

Executive Director of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business at the University of Texas Law School
Taylor is a senior lecturer and executive director of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business. Taylor joined the faculty of the University of Texas Law School in January 2006. Previously, she served as director of the Ecosystem Restoration Program of Environmental... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
AT&T Center, Classroom 203 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705

9:50am

The Tyranny of the Commute
Getting from home to work and back in our biggest cities is harder than it needs to be. Here’s how to make it easier.

Supported by Chariot

Moderators
avatar for Ben Wear (mod.)

Ben Wear (mod.)

Transportation Reporter for the Austin American-Statesman
Wear covers transportation for the Statesman, where he has worked since 1994 and held the transportation beat since 2003. He also teaches journalism as an adjunct professor at Austin Community College.

Speakers
avatar for John-Michael V. Cortez

John-Michael V. Cortez

Special Assistant to the Mayor of Austin
Cortez advises Mayor Adler on transportation, land use and workforce development policy. He previously served as community involvement manager for Capital Metro and on the City of Austin Planning Commission. Cortez has served on the board for the Center for Public Policy Priorities... Read More →
avatar for Beth Van Duyne

Beth Van Duyne

Southwest Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Van Duyne was appointed by President Trump to serve as a HUD regional administrator in May 2017. Previously, she served as mayor of Irving. Van Duyne was a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Advisory Board, the Texas Municipal League and the North Central Texas Council of Go... Read More →
avatar for Celia Israel

Celia Israel

State Representative
Israel, D-Austin, has represented House District 50 since 2014. She serves as vice chairwoman of the House Elections Committee and sits on the Transportation Committee. Previously, she served on the boards of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Alliance for Public... Read More →
avatar for Philip Kingston

Philip Kingston

Dallas City Council Member
Kingston was first elected in 2013 to represent District 14 on the Dallas City Council. He was appointed by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings as chairman of the Ad Hoc Judicial Nominations Committee and is a member of the Police and Fire Pension Board. Kingston is also a founding member... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 9:50am - 10:50am
AT&T Center, Classroom 203 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705

11:10am

Modernizing the Grid
How to think differently — and creatively — about a sustainable future for Texas electricity

Supported by NRG

Moderators
avatar for Jim Malewitz (mod.)

Jim Malewitz (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Malewitz is an investigative reporter for the Tribune, and he also covers voting rights. He previously covered energy and environmental issues. Before arriving in 2013, he reported for Stateline, a nonprofit news service in Washington, D.C.  A native of Michigan, he has an undergraduate... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Robert Hebner

Robert Hebner

Director of the Center for Electromechanics at the University of Texas at Austin
Hebner leads the Center for Electromechanics at UT-Austin, which develops advanced technology in the areas of power and energy. Previously, he served as acting director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Hebner also... Read More →
avatar for Brandy Marty Marquez

Brandy Marty Marquez

Public Utility Commissioner
Marquez was appointed a public utility commissioner in 2013 by then-Gov. Rick Perry. Previously, she served as Gov. Perry’s chief of staff, director of the Budget, Planning and Policy Division and as deputy legislative director. Marquez also serves on the Nuclear Waste Storage Coalition... Read More →
avatar for José Rodríguez

José Rodríguez

State Senator
Rodríguez, D-El Paso, has represented Senate District 29, which includes more than 350 miles of the Texas-Mexico border, since 2011. He serves as vice chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs Committee and sits on the Natural Resources & Economic Development, Transportation... Read More →
avatar for Ronny Sandoval

Ronny Sandoval

Director of Grid Modernization for the Environmental Defense Fund
Sandoval manages the Environmental Defense Fund’s grid modernization efforts and works with national and regional energy stakeholders to maximize opportunities for clean energy adoption. Previously, he worked for the energy firm Con Edison, where he led energy efficiency efforts... Read More →
avatar for Michael Webber

Michael Webber

Deputy Director of the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin
Webber is the Josey Centennial Fellow in Energy Resources and an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the co-director of the Clean Energy Incubator at the Austin Technology Incubator. Webber’s research focuses on policy and... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:10pm
AT&T Center, Classroom 203 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705

1:45pm

All About Flooding
Why it happens, and how to keep it from destroying our communities

Supported by Walmart and CenterPoint Energy

Moderators
avatar for Neena Satija (mod.)

Neena Satija (mod.)

Investigative Reporter and Producer for The Texas Tribune and Reveal
Satija works for the Tribune and Reveal, a public radio program from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Previously, she was the environment reporter for the Tribune. Satija has also worked for a number of East Coast news outlets, including the New Haven Independent, the Connecticut... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Costello

Stephen Costello

Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Houston
Costello was named chief resilience officer by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner in 2016. He is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to improve the city’s drainage and reduce flooding risks. Costello is a former at-large member of the Houston City Council and is a... Read More →
avatar for Sylvia Garcia

Sylvia Garcia

State Senator
Garcia, D-Houston, has represented Senate District 6 since 2013. She serves on the Senate Criminal Justice, Intergovernmental Relations, Natural Resources & Economic Development, and Transportation committees. Previously, Garcia served as director and presiding judge of the Houston... Read More →
avatar for Mary Anne Piacentini

Mary Anne Piacentini

Executive Director of the Katy Prairie Conservancy
Piacentini oversees the conservancy’s operations and programs, including coordinating land protection initiatives and providing conservation assistance to private landowners. During her tenure, she has helped expand the conservancy from 1,300 acres to over 20,000. Piacentini is... Read More →
avatar for Hanadi Rifai

Hanadi Rifai

Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Houston
Rifai teaches civil and environmental engineering at the University of Houston. She specializes in groundwater flow and transport modeling, hazardous waste, and urban storm water quality. Rifai is also the co-director of the UH-Rice Severe Storm Prediction, Education & Evacuation... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
AT&T Center, Classroom 203 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705

3:05pm

Population and Transportation
We’ll have twice as many people in Texas by 2050. Will we have the transportation infrastructure we’ll need?

Supported by The Texas A&M University System

Moderators
avatar for Aman Batheja (mod.)

Aman Batheja (mod.)

Political Editor for The Texas Tribune
Batheja currently oversees the Tribune's political coverage. He previously worked for more than a decade as a reporter covering politics and other issues, first at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and then at the Tribune. He has a master’s degree in economics from the University of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for James Bass

James Bass

Executive Director of the Texas Department of Transportation
Bass has served as executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation since 2016. Previously, he held numerous roles at TxDOT including chief financial officer, finance division director, budget analyst in the Budget and Forecasting Section and accounting clerk in the Finance... Read More →
avatar for Alan Clark

Alan Clark

Director of Transportation Planning for the Houston-Galveston Metropolitan Planning Organization
Clark oversees transportation planning for the Houston-Galveston MPO, which is responsible for developing the region’s long-range transportation plans. He has been a transportation planner for the Houston-Galveston Area Council since 1983, where he has managed transportation and... Read More →
avatar for Will Conley

Will Conley

Hays County Commissioner
Conley was first elected commissioner in 2004. He also serves as chairman of the Capitol Area Regional Transportation Planning Organization, which develops long-term transportation plans for the Central Texas Region. Additionally, Conley serves on the board of the Austin-San Antonio... Read More →
avatar for Geanie Morrison

Geanie Morrison

State Representative
Morrison, R-Victoria, has served House District 30 since 1999. She serves as chairwoman of the House Transportation Committee and sits on the Higher Education Committee and the Select Committee on Texas Ports, Innovation & Infrastructure. In the 85th legislative session, Morrison... Read More →
avatar for Robert Nichols

Robert Nichols

State Senator
Nichols, R-Jacksonville, has represented Senate District 3 since 2006. He serves as chair of the Senate Transportation Committee and sits on the Senate Administration, Business & Commerce, and Finance committees. Prior to joining the Senate, Nichols served as a transportation commissioner... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 3:05pm - 4:05pm
AT&T Center, Classroom 203 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705

4:25pm

Don't Forget About Water

Drought conditions are mostly behind us, so the Legislature has moved on to more pressing matters — but our long-term natural resources problem remains

Supported by Accenture


Moderators
avatar for Kiah Collier (mod.)

Kiah Collier (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Collier reports on energy and environmental policy for the Tribune. Previously, she reported on government and politics for the Austin American-Statesman and the Houston Chronicle. Collier began her career in West Texas reporting for Reuters America Service and the San Angelo Standard-Times... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bech Bruun

Bech Bruun

Chairman of the Texas Water Development Board
Bruun has served on the Texas Water Development board since 2013 and was named chairman in 2015 by Gov. Greg Abbott. He also serves as the board’s designated appointee to the Texas Environmental Flows Advisory Group and the Western States Water Council. Additionally, Bruun serves... Read More →
avatar for Laura Huffman

Laura Huffman

Texas State Director of the Nature Conservancy
At the Nature Conservancy, Huffman establishes conservation strategy, provides policy leadership and leads a statewide team of scientists and conservation experts to protect Texas’ natural resources and landscapes. Huffman has also worked with legislators on water conservation legislation... Read More →
avatar for Jason Isaac

Jason Isaac

State Representative
Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, has represented House District 45 since 2011. He sits on the House Energy Resources and Urban Affairs committees. Isaac has been active in water regulation legislation, sponsoring Senate Bill 1198 in the 85th Legislative Session, which converted the Hays... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Sansom

Andrew Sansom

Executive Director of the The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Sansom is executive director of the Meadows Center at Texas State University. He oversees university policy and research related to freshwater resources and administers the Center’s freshwater environmental education program. Sansom is the founder of the Texas Parks and Wildlife... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 4:25pm - 5:25pm
AT&T Center, Classroom 203 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705