Join us in Austin, March 3-5, 2021 for the annual Texas Conference of Urban Counties Education & Policy Conference, our most highly anticipated member event of the year. Due to ongoing global pandemic, CUC is pleased to offer both an in-person and virtual-only option for this year’s conference.


*Subject to change.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
11:30am – 6:00pm Registration
5:45pm – 6:00pm Welcome from Travis County Judge Andy Brown
6:00pm – 8:00pm Opening Speech: Texas Economy – Comptroller Update with the Honorable Glenn Hegar, Texas Comptroller


Thursday, March 4, 2021

7:30am – 8:45am Registration, Breakfast
8:45am – 9:45am Keynote Speech – Economic Outlook for the US Economy


Speaker: Mr. Marc P. Giannoni (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas)

9:45am – 10:00am Break
10:30am-11:30am State’s Response to COVID-19 Pandemic


Speaker: Dr. John Hellerstedt



Legislative Polling

Learn about the latest polling on state politics, the economy and COVID-19.

Speakers: Dr. Jim Henson (Texas Politics Project)

12:30pm – 1:30pm Urban Counties Membership Luncheon –  


2:00pm-3:00pm Redistricting

US Supreme Court rulings during the decade significantly impact county commissioner precinct redistricting obligations this cycle. In addition, the U.S. Census Bureau has recently announced a delay in the release of the census which will severely compress the window during which a county must complete redistricting this year.  The presenter will review the counties’ general redistricting obligations, the impact of the court rulings, the Bureau’s census release delay and recommend a timeline for the process.  The presentation will also review how municipal and ISD redistricting along with the state and congressional redistricting impact the counties’ efforts to create effective election precincts.

Speaker: David Mendez (Bickerstaff, Heath, Delgado, Acosta LLP)

3:00pm-3:15pm Break


Broadband Access

Learn how to bridge the digital divide and remove barriers to broadband investments

Speakers: Judge J.D. Clark (Wise County) and Mr. Arthur Scott (NACO)



 4:00pm – 5:00pm Winter Storm 2021 and the Power System

What we know and don’t know, and what are the next steps for federal and state inquiries. This session will provide an overview of past regulatory actions to improve winter preparedness and discuss the effect of policy tools in different state and regional regulatory contexts.

Speakers: Ms. Beth Garza (R Street’s Energy & Environmental Policy Team.)

5:00pm-6:00pm Sponsors’ Happy Hour Reception
6:00pm Dinner on Your Own




Friday, March 5, 2021
7:30am – 8:30am Breakfast, Sponsor Presentation
8:30am – 10:30am Emergency Programs – What works

Hear from county officials and their experience with rental assistance, food access programs, homelessness diversion programs, small business assistance programs and more

Speakers: TBD

10:30am – 10:45am  Break
10:45am – 12:30pm Roundtable – Commissioners Court
12:30pm Conference Adjourn


Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

Centrally located in downtown, Sheraton Austin features 367 beautifully appointed guest rooms, Brand new club lounge offering an extended hot continental breakfast and daily evening hors d’oeuvres. 

Hotel Information

Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol is located at 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

Reservations may be made directly online on the Marriot website or via phone at 512.478.1111. 

A complimentary, on-demand airport shuttle is available.

Sponsorship Opportunities





Become a Sponsor

Conference sponsorship offers companies the unique opportunity to interact with urban county elected officials from across Texas. If you are interested in sponsoring the 2021 Urban Counties Education & Policy Conference, download our sponsor prospectus below for more information. We appreciate your interest in partnering with us, and look forward to working with you in the future.

Thank You 2020 Conference Sponsors

Urban Counties Education & Policy Conference