Agenda | Day One

Thursday, November 16

Sessions are subject to change.

7:45-8:30 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30-8:45 a.m.
Welcome and Overview
Bill Longley , Legislative Counsel, Texas Municipal League

8:45-9:30 a.m.
Opening Keynote: 2018 Texas Economic Forecast and What It Means for Cities
Glenn Hegar, Texas Comptroller 

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Planning for Your City’s Economic Development
In this session, TML Legislative Counsel, Bill Longley will provide an overview of the basic legal requirements relating to the economic development tools that are available to Texas cities, and how those tools may be used to strengthen local economies.
Bill Longley, Legislative Counsel, Texas Municipal League

10:30-10:45 a.m.

10:45-11:30 a.m.
Type A and Type B Economic Development Corporations and City Councils
A discussion of Type A and Type B economic development corporations, permissible expenditures, and the role of city councils.  This will include a discussion of permissible projects, job training expenses, promotional expenditures, the approval of expenditures, and appointment of board members to the Type A and Type B economic development corporations.
Charles E. Zech, Partner, Denton, Navarro, Rocha, Bernal & Zech, P.C.

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Luncheon and Keynote Speaker: Bolstering Your Interpersonal Effectiveness
What can you do to be more inter-personally effective? In this brief presentation, we’ll discuss some of the hallmarks of especially effective leaders when it comes to working with others. You will leave with some tools you can start using tomorrow!
John Daly
, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Communication Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

1:00-1:30 p.m.
Chapter 380 Economic Development Agreements, the Right Stuff?
Chapter 380 of the Texas Local Government Code authorizes both home-rule and general law municipalities to provide incentives consisting of loans and grants of city funds, use of city personnel, facilities and services for economic development. In this session, we will discuss the legislative intent behind the adoption of the statute, establishment of programs to incentivize economic development, drafting 380 agreements, and potential municipal liability.
Christopher L. Nichols, The Nichols Firm, LLC

1:30-3:00 p.m.
Economic Development and Tourism
Scott Joslove, President and CEO of the Texas Hotel & Lodging Association, will discuss how cities can promote growth of their property tax, sales tax, and other city revenues through strategic uses of the local hotel tax.  You will also learn from one of the state law experts on the allowable uses of local hotel occupancy tax by municipalities.
Scott Joslove, President and CEO, Texas Hotel & Lodging Association 

3:00-3:15 p.m.

3:15-4:30 p.m.
Economic Development Successes and Challenges (Small Cities)
Economic development in small towns and rural areas is different than in larger cities and metropolitan areas.  Planners in these communities are sometimes dealing with declining populations, and businesses leaving for other communities.  In order to address these issues, small towns need to take bold steps to attract and retain businesses, hotels, visitors, and tax dollars.  Learn from three unique small towns about their issues and what they are doing to address economic development.  Then participate in a discussion about what best practices can be used in your community to ensure prosperous economies.
Leah Tarrant, CMO, Mayor, City of Patton Village; Brad Stafford, City Manager, City of Navasota; and Mike Running, Executive Director, Dumas Economic Development Corporation
Moderator: Bill Longley, Legislative Counsel, Texas Municipal League

Economic Development Successes and Challenges (Medium to Large Cities)
As part of one of the fastest growing states in the country, medium and large Texas cities face the challenge of growing their economies to meet demand from existing and new residents. In this session, city leaders will share their economic development challenges and success stories, providing practical insights into strategies that can be implemented in your community.
Rebecca Olaguibel, Director of Retail and Business Development, City of McAllen; Doug Prude, Economic Development and Planning Analyst, Downtown Dallas, Inc.; and Brooks Bennett,  Assistant City Manager, City of Round Rock
Moderator: Lisa McCay, Senior Vice President, Buxton