Economists Share Ship Channel Region's Economic Impact at Gulf Coast Industry Forum

Port Houston chair along with nationally recognized economists to discuss the economic impact of maritime, logistics and petrochemical industries beyond the Houston Ship Channel region.
Port Houston Chairman Longoria gives a keynote at the Gulf Coast Industry Forum
Port Houston Chairman Longoria gives a keynote at the Gulf Coast Industry Forum
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DEER PARK, Texas - Sept. 14, 2018 - PRLog -- The Economic Alliance Houston Port Region annual conference, the 2018 Gulf Coast Industry Forum, will feature nationally and globally recognized economists and the Chairman of Port Houston discussing the port region's growth and expansion impacts on Houston, regional and national economies.

The conference's two full days of keynote presentations, panel discussions and policy updates include an opening day luncheon keynote from Janiece Longoria, Chairman of Port Houston. Longoria will deliver the keynote on Sept. 19 at noon.

She will provide an update on what collaborative efforts are being given to address the needs for improvements to the Houston Ship Channel to keep commerce moving. Each year more than 200 million tons of cargo move through Port Houston. The efficiency and safety of the Houston Ship Channel is vital to maintaining the health of the regional and state economy.

Jim Bowen will deliver the first day's closing keynote. Bowen is CEO of First Trust. A long-time cheerleader for the U.S. economy, Bowen will share indicators that demonstrate the economic strength of the U.S. economy and provide analysis on a strong U.S. energy sector.

Steve Byrne will deliver the morning keynote on the second day, Thursday, Sept 20. Byrne will provide an overview of Wall Street's global chemicals outlook and share how the Houston region's petrochemical and maritime industry growth fit within that outlook. Byrne is Vice President of U.S. Chemicals Equity Research with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith, Inc.

In addition to keynote presentations on the economic impact of the Houston Port Region, the conference will feature presentations from a CEO and two senior executives in the petrochemical industry and keynote speeches from three high-profile elected officials. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will speak on the afternoon of the first day of the conference, Sept. 19. Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick will give the luncheon keynote on the second day, and Ryan Sitton, Texas railroad commissioner, will provide the closing keynote on Sept. 20.

Jerry MacCleary, Chairman and CEO of Covestro LLC, will deliver his presentation on Sept. 19 following the luncheon keynote. Dave Morgan, Senior Vice President, Polymers & Specialties, Chevron Phillips Chemical opens the first day of the conference with a 9 a.m. presentation. Rich Wells, U.S. Gulf Coast Vice President of Operations, Dow Chemical, follows Morgan's morning presentation.

The conference also features six panel discussions. Two panels will discuss petrochemical industry growth and expansion, another panel will discuss the freight transportation infrastructure outlook and one panel will discuss workforce development in the region. A congressional panel will look at how Washington is helping the region deal with challenges of growth and expansion, as well as transportation and security issues. U.S. Congressmen Gene Green, Randy Weber and Brian Babin will serve on that panel.

"This is the strongest lineup of business and economic speakers that we have ever had," said Chad Burke, President and CEO of the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region.  Burke said that expanding to two full days helps schedule additional speakers and provide greater content for attendees.

The conference kicks off at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, with networking and vendor visits. Pasadena Mayor Jeff Wagner welcomes conference participants and speakers at 9 a.m.

The second day, Thursday, Sept. 20, starts with a student breakfast and vendor visits at 8 a.m. and first speakers at 9 a.m. High school and college students interested in careers in petrochemical, maritime and logistics will meet with managers in those industries during breakfast and attend the conference to learn more about the industries in which they will work.

Port Houston has been the presenting sponsor of the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region Gulf Coast Industry Forum since its inception in 2010.

Platinum sponsors of the 2018 forum are San Jacinto College, Lee College, Turner Industries, Air Products and Covestro. Gold Sponsors include ExxonMobil, Shell, Wood, Dannenbaum Engineering Corp., City of Pasadena, Pasadena Economic Development Corporation and Houston Business Journal. As of Sept. 14, 39 silver and bronze sponsors were supporting the economic outlook forum.

"Very much like our region continues to expand, this conference continues to grow in every aspect," said conference chairman, Roger Blackburn of Wood. "We have added value with more speakers and content and we have secured more event sponsors."

San Jacinto College and Turner Industries are sponsoring a reception at San Jacinto's Maritime Center on Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m., following the first day's closing keynote. BGE is sponsoring a Thursday evening reception following the conference closing keynote. The BGE reception will be in the Pasadena Convention Center.

"It is exciting to add compelling national and global speakers, as well as attract more attendees and sponsors," added Burke. "We expect to top our 1,200 record attendance from last year," he added.

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About the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region

The Economic Alliance Houston Port Region, a non-profit organization created in 1985, provides professional economic development services for over 200 members, Harris County, Port Houston, 11 chambers of commerce, and 17 communities surrounding the Houston Ship Channel - home to one of the world's most influential energy corridors and trade ports. Since 2008, the Economic Alliance has supported over 59 successful projects that have facilitated business activities creating over 5,500 new jobs and over $8.9 billion of capital investment to the Houston Port Region.  For more information:

Interview opportunities are available with speakers prior to and following presentations.

Event Media Contact: Dennis Winkler, Winkler Public Relations, 713.259.0195,

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