The Texas Tribune presents our "Future of" series, exploring the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for Texas' government, business and civic communities.
On Thursday in El Paso, the Tribune held a daylong series of conversations on the economic, political and cultural significance and evolution of the border region at a population inflection point for Texas. We sat down with state lawmakers, members of Congress, diplomats, business leaders, educators, issue advocates and border residents to discuss, among other hot topics, what it means to be a binational city; how to harness the growth of a vibrant future workforce and leverage the potential of profound demographic change; what it will take to get border cities, the state and the federal government on the same page in terms of public policy; and where investments in health care, education, the environment and other areas of physical and social infrastructure can make the most difference. Watch videos of all the discussions below.
The Federal View of the Border
Panelists included U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-El Paso, and Woody Hunt, senior chairman of Hunt Companies. Moderated by Evan Smith, CEO of The Texas Tribune.
The Border and the Texas Legislature
Supported by Las Palmas Del Sol and El Paso Electric
Panelists included state Rep. César Blanco, D-El Paso; state Rep. Mary González, D-Clint; state Rep. Joe Moody, D-El Paso; and state Sen. José Rodríguez, D-El Paso. Moderated by Julián Aguilar, immigration and border security reporter at The Texas Tribune.
The Border Economy
Supported by Gulf States Toyota and El Paso Community College
Panelists included Miriam Baca Kotkowski, president of Omega Trucking; Jon Barela, CEO of the Borderplex Alliance; Dee Margo, mayor of El Paso; and Julio Chiu, founder and CEO of SEISA Group. Moderated by Evan Smith, CEO of The Texas Tribune.
Educating the Next Generation
Supported by Raise Your Hand Texas
Panelists included John Floros, president of New Mexico State University; William Serrata, president of the El Paso County Community College District; and Heather Wilson, president of the University of Texas at El Paso. Moderated by Evan Smith, CEO of The Texas Tribune.
Immigration and Population
Panelists included Jaime Esparza, district attorney for El Paso County; Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum; Linda Rivas, executive director of Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center; and Tracy Yellen, CEO of the Paso del Norte Community Foundation. Moderated by Julián Aguilar, immigration and border security reporter at The Texas Tribune.