Institute For Regional Forecasting


Symposium Schedule

Telling the Houston Story

The Bauer College’s Institute for Regional Forecasting has been known for years for its semi-annual slide presentation luncheons. The fall symposium typically focuses upon the regional macro economy; while the focus shifts to the local real estate market in the spring symposium. Nonetheless, since both topics are highly interrelated, each includes commentary and forecasts on economic growth and real estate developments. Beginning in 1999, these programs were enhanced by the use of PowerPoint® to give of us the capability of updating the presentations with the newest information and data. Frequently, we add new data the same morning of the symposium. Because these events typically sell out, those interested in attending the symposium are urged to register early.

The IRF not only passes out a hard copy of symposium graphs to each attendee, but it makes available CDs for purchase which contain symposium graphics and data, as well as all of the information contained in DATABook-Houston.

The IRF also makes special presentations to the symposium sponsors for their staff and clients. Many view this as one of the major benefits of the Sponsors Program. See the Sponsors page for more information on participating as a symposium underwriter.

Upcoming Schedule

Our symposium schedule for 2014:
  • Spring Symposium is scheduled for Thursday, May 22, 2014
  • Fall Symposium is scheduled for Thursday, November 6, 2014


Fall 2013 Economic Symposium

Institute for Regional Forecasting Fall 2013 Symposium

The Institute for Regional Forecasting at the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, hosted its fall symposium on Nov. 14, where Bill Gilmer, director of the Institute, addressed Houston's new economic backdrop in 2014.

Houston Job Growth Takes a Mid-Year Breather

This presentation, by Dr. Robert W. Gilmer, is focused closely on Houston, on energy, and how energy has driven a nearly decade of local growth. You may view speaker notes by clicking on the icon (speaker bubble) in the upper left hand corner of each slide.

Robert. W. Gilmer, Ph.D.

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