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Spring 2015 Symposium: May 12

Our spring symposium, "Good Times or Bad? Oil Still Makes the Difference for Houston," is scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, 2015 and will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1200 Louisiana Street, Houston, Texas. Dr. Bill Gilmer, Director of the Institute for Regional Forecasting, will be our speaker. For more information regarding the topic of discussion, please visit our symposium information page .Online registration is now closed, but if you'd like to attend we do have a limited number of seats available, but they must be purchased at the special assistance table at the symposium. At door registration fee is $125/seat payable with a check made payable to University of Houston. We also wish to thank our spring 2015 symposium sponsors. We are grateful for your support.

Texas Triangle: Economic Engine of the Southwest

Read the new article published Feb. 16, 2015:

Texas Triangle: Economic Engine of the Southwest

Just published by the Texas A&M University Real Estate Center: Texas' four largest metros (Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Austin and San Antonio) function as one large economic entity with each playing complementary roles. Together, they represent 68 percent of Texas jobs and 73 percent of the state's income.

Houston Update

Read the new article published
March 18, 2015:

Houston and Low Oil Prices: An Update on the Economic Outlook

Drs. Bill Gilmer and Adam Perdue have written an update on the economic outlook for Houston.

Fall 2014 Symposium Slides and CD-Houston are Now Available

A PDF version of Dr. Gilmer's slides can be accessed using this button:

See the presentation (PDF)

Watch the Video: Fall 2014 Symposium

Our latest symposium was held on November 20, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The subject of this symposium was "Houston's Growing Pains: The Energy Boom, Labor Shortages, and Rising Interest Rates". The bi-annual publication of "CD-Houston" is currently available for sale. This CD includes Dr. Robert W. Gilmer's PowerPoint slides along with his text for each slide. If you would like to purchase this CD, please use the online publications page or call our office at 713-743-3869.

Save the Dates

We have finalized dates for our 2015 symposia. Both symposiums will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1200 Louisiana, Houston, Texas in the Imperial Ballroom. Symposium topics will be announced at a later date, but please make sure you save these dates on your calendar:

  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015
  • Thursday, November 12, 2015

Houston's Economy Hitting on All Cylinders in 2014

Dr. Gilmer's presentation to guests at The National Realty Group's Economic Forecast Luncheon held on Tuesday, September 16, at the Houston Racquet Club. You may view the slides by clicking on the button to the right.

Houston: America's Oil Headquarters

An article written by our director, Dr. Robert W. Gilmer, and published in Tierra Grande magazine for the Texas A&M Real Estate Center. Read the article.

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