Prominent business leaders to share business outlook at Economic Alliance Gulf Coast Industry Forum

Morning keynote will look back at Panama Canal expansion and how it helps the U.S., Texas and regional economies for maritime, petrochemical and logistics industries. Other keynotes will address business and economic growth in Houston Port Region.
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DEER PARK, Texas - Aug. 9, 2019 - PRLog -- The 10th annual Gulf Coast Industry Forum kicks off Sept. 18 with three economic keynotes and an update on how the Panama Canal expansion impacts the Houston Port Region. The inaugural Gulf Coast Industry Forum held in 2010 featured a keynote from the Panama Canal Authority on how planned canal expansion would help Texas and U.S. economies. Ilya Marotte, vice president of Transit Business for Panama Canal Authority updates canal expansion business impacts during the first keynote of the 2019 conference at the Pasadena Convention Center.

Also on opening day, Port Houston Chairman Ric Campo provides an update on Port Houston's growth and future activity. Dave Witte, senior vice president with IHS, gives an energy and petrochemical keynote before Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush delivers the first day's closing keynote.

Three expert panels are set for opening day. The first examines Texas legislative activity and its impact on the region's economy. Another panel delves into actions to improve freight transportation in the growing Ship Channel region. An afternoon panel of experts outlines refining growth and its impact on Texas and global economies.

The second day of the conference, Sept. 19, features an afternoon keynote panel with the president of American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, Chet Thompson, and a senior executive with American Chemistry Council talking about U.S. policy and impacts on their respective industries. Back-to-back panels open the second-day program. The first includes plant operations and technology managers providing an outlook for the chemical industry. The second panel involves workforce development leaders and operations managers with updates on efforts to develop a qualified and well-trained workforce needed to build and maintain oil, gas and petrochemical industry expansion.

Sept. 19 also features three keynote addresses. Chevron Phillips Chemical senior vice president Ron Corn's keynote leads into lunch while after lunch Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton presents his keynote on Texas' oil, gas and petrochemical industry's role in the global economy. Captain Bill Diehl, Greater Houston Port Bureau president, closes the conference with an update on maritime traffic, logistics and the importance of Houston Ship Channel operations and logistics on local, regional and national economies.

The conference kicks off at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, with networking and vendor visits. Pasadena Mayor Jeff Wagner welcomes conference participants at 9 a.m.

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