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West Houston Economy to be Focus of HWCOC Summit, Feb. 12

18th annual event to feature University of Houston regional forecaster

A panel of executives representing key West Houston industry sectors will join regional forecaster Dr. Bill Gilmer at the West Houston Economic Development Summit, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Friday, February 12, at the Omni Houston-Westside, 13210 Katy Freeway.

The 18th annual summit, hosted by the Houston West Chamber of Commerce (HWCOC), will feature economic projections and updates from Gilmer, director of the University of Houston’s Institute for Regional Forecasting at the Bauer College of Business.

The panel will focus on the region’s economy. Moderated by Fox 26 business and consumer reporter Tom Ziska, the panel will include Mario Arriaga, president, Houston Association of Realtors 2016; Chanda Cashen Chacon, president, Texas Children’s Hospital – West Campus; Pete Delongchamps, vice president, Group 1 Automotive; and Francisco Rivero, EVP, Texas Regional Manager, Mercantil Commercebank, a presenting sponsor of the event.

The summit is designed to provide answers and insights to economic questions, according to the HWCOC website. One topic on tap, according to HWCOC: will other industries outside of the energy sector provide economic stimulus in West Houston?

Summit attendees will receive copies of Gilmer’s forecast report, along with the “West Houston Economic Pulse,” HWCOC’s broad survey of West Houston business leaders across several sectors, with insights into hiring, investment and borrowing plans for the year ahead.

For ticket information and more, visit here.

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