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.
- Access to the full conference via webinar.
- A link will be sent prior to the conferece
- Sheraton at the Capitol, 701 E 11th St. Austin, TX
- 55 person limit, due to county Covid guidelines.
*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
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 –
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)
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
|10:30am – 10:45am||Break|
|10:45am – 12:30pm||Roundtable – Commissioners Court|
Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol
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.
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