West Houston Economic Development Summit

Now in the 5th year of providing cutting edge economic forecasts and top-level networking opportunities this year’s West Houston Economic Development Summit will expand to include a morning session designed to focus on local business’ most pressing issues. With the devastating floods that West Houston suffered along with the lingering effects of the slowly recovering energy markets, we will be facing unique challenges in 2018.

Keynote: Dr. Ray Perryman, President and CEO of the Perryman Group
Moderator: Tom Zizka, Fox 26 Business Consumer Report

Business Forum Sessions:

Cutting Edge or Bleeding Edge
Brick and Mortar vs. E-Commerce
  Russia, Russia, Russia
Cyber Security: Everyone’s Business
  Patients, Providers, and Politics
Future of Healthcare
The Internet has forever altered the way we shop. E-commerce retail sales are on the rise, while “big box” retailers are consolidating physical locations to cut costs. The digital age delivers unprecedented speed and ease at which consumers can shop. This session will provide insight on e-commerce trends.   The evolution of the information age delivers tremendous advantages and innovation – but also exposes companies to new risks. Just ask Equifax, Yahoo and the SEC, among others who have had systems hacked for sensitive data. This session will help you understand the risks and how to avoid them.    The changing of the guard in Washington has ushered in a new era for the U.S. health care industry, which has spent years adapting to the Affordable Care Act. Businesses should be prepared for the challenges and opportunities that ACA or its replacement might bring. You’ll find answers here.

Friday, February 2, 2018
Registration 9:00 -9:30am
Business Forum 9:30 -11:15am
Main Platform 11:45-1:15pm

The Omni Westside Houston
13210 Katy Freeway @ Eldrigde
Houston, TX 77079

Individual Ticket: $89
Reserved Table of 10: $1000
WHYP Ticket: $79

About The Event

Started in 2015, the West Houston Economic Development Summit presents our business community with an economic forecast through a commissioned study by the Institute for Regional Forecasting at the University of Houston. This "Outlook Report" is paired with results from the West Houston Economic Pulse survey, depicting our businesses' insights on hiring, investing, and borrowing plans for the next year.

After the report presentation, a moderated panel of executives in key industries (like real estate, healthcare, financial, and retail) share their thoughts on how their business segments are planning for and reacting to changes in our West Houston economic landscape.