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EVENT RECAP  |  May 2024

2024 Texas Demographic Conference

Texas Demographics: Bridging Gaps, Building Futures

Organized by: Texas Demographic Center

May 29-30, 2024, Austin, TX

Joining partners from across the state, the Texas Census Institute led two sessions at the Texas Demographic Center Conference: ‘Bridging Gaps, Building Futures’

Summary:

For data lovers, economists and demographers, The Texas Demographic Conference is a “can’t miss” event that provides updates of demographic and socioeconomic data, as well population trends, each year.  Hosted over two days at the Barbara Jordan State Office Building at The University of Texas, Austin, we learned that Texas continues to lead the nation in growth and economic development, but is facing planning challenges in education, infrastructure and environmental factors.

Texas Census Institute team members Executive Director Angela Broyles, Chief Strategist Amy Desler, and Senior Research Associate Dr. Castellanos-Sosa participated in the 2024 Texas Demographic Conference, organized by the Texas Demographic Center.

Key Takeaways:

David Troutman talked about the Texas Talent Trajectory (T3) tool which highlights Texas students’ educational pathways and trends in enrollments.
Dr. Potter offered a keynote with an insightful State of the State presentation on Texas demographic trends, including a comparison against earlier predictions.
The Texas Broadband Office shared information on the digital divide and how they are addressing it.
The Healthy Futures of Texas shed light on declining fertility trends in Texas in recent years.

During the conference, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Population Reference Bureau hosted the inaugural ACS on the Road event to connect Texas data users with Census Bureau staff and share tools and resources from the American Community Survey (ACS) available to the public.

ACS on the Road is particularly relevant because “…the ACS has become a lifeline for a range of data users—including those working in government, business, academia, and nonprofits—who rely on its comprehensive data to better understand their communities…“. More details of the ACS on the Road event can be found in this PRB Article.

"ACS on the Road - ACS in Texas”

Event hosted by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Population Reference Bureau.

Angela Broyles, Executive Director, moderated a panel that highlighted the diverse ways government, business, and civic organizations utilize American Community Survey data in their work, emphasizing stories and anecdotes that illustrate the challenges and opportunities they encounter.

PANELISTS

AWAIS AZHAR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, HOUSINGWORKS AUSTINLINKEDIN

DR. HOLLY HEARD, VICE PRESIDENT OF DATA AND ANALYTIC, TEXAS2036 LINKEDIN

HONORABLE LONNIE HUNT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DEEP EAST TEXAS COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS LINKEDIN

PATRICK JANKOWSKI, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF ECONOMIST, GREATER HOUSTON PARTNERSHIP LINKEDIN

Event photos:

“Economic Impact of the 2020 Census Undercount in Texas: Opportunities for 2030”

Dr. Francisco Castellanos-Sosa, Senior Research Associate, and Amy Desler, Chief Strategist, presented on the various sectors that were impacted by the undercount. Our analysis aimed to quantify the economic consequences of this undercount by examining its effects on jobs, labor income, GDP, and output across various industries.

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