The Texas Tribune Presents "The Future of Rural Texas," A Free, Two-Day Event in Lubbock & Streaming Online
Today on High Plains Morning, we talked to Texas Tribune reporter Jayme Lozano about their upcoming event, "The Future of Rural Texas." On Thursday, November 17th and Friday, November 18th, join leaders and experts from across rural Texas for panel discussions, lectures, interviews and more. It's a free event, and it's also available streaming online.
Now here’s an event that should interest all of our High Plains listeners – whether you’re in the Lone Star State or not! Next weekend, you can join community members, business leaders, government representatives, scientists, academics and journalists for an in-depth look at what’s ahead for rural Texas, thanks to a two-day event sponsored by The Texas Tribune. According to their event listing, “So much attention is focused on Texas’ fast-growing urban areas, but there are 3 million rural Texans who have big needs and wants that state leaders can’t ignore.” So they’re having an in-person, two-day event in Lubbock, TX on Thursday, November 17th & Friday, November 18th, which is also available streaming online to everyone—and it’s free. Today, we talked to reporter Jayme Lozano about the event, so click the link at the top of this page to hear the full interview. If you have questions about this event, please email the Texas Tribune at email@example.com.
MORE ABOUT THE EVENT: Learn how leaders in rural communities and around the state are taking on big issues that matter to rural Texans over two days of thoughtful panel conversations and one-on-one interviews at this free, public event. Join us Nov. 17-18 in Lubbock or tune in online as we explore hard realities facing rural Texans, share success stories from rural communities and learn what’s next for education, broadband connection, health care, the rural economy and more.
THURSDAY EVENING, NOV. 17
Texas Tech University
Allen Theatre in the Student Union Building
2625 15th Street, Lubbock TX, 79409
4 P.M. CT
DEEP IN THE HEART: A SPECIAL EDITION OF THE TRIBCAST
A live recording of The Texas Tribune’s weekly podcast on the latest news and headlines — and this time it’s all about rural.
Nic Garcia, regional editor at The Texas Tribune
Jayme Lozano, High Plains reporter at The Texas Tribune
Pooja Salhotra, East Texas reporter at The Texas Tribune
Sarah Self-Walbrick, news director at Texas Tech Public Media
Adam Young, editor of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Presented by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc., Water Grows and TEXAS 2036
6 P.M. CT
WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS
The Future of Rural Texas event kicks off with a welcome from Tedd Mitchell, Texas Tech University System chancellor, and opening remarks from Evan Smith, CEO of The Texas Tribune.
6:15 P.M. CT
RURAL TEXAS AND THE 88TH LEGISLATURE
Next session’s priorities: What’s likely, what’s possible, what’s on the wish list and how the budget surplus can benefit smaller communities across the state.
State Rep. Dustin Burrows, R-Lubbock
State Rep. Eddie Morales Jr., D-Eagle Pass
State Rep. Brooks Landgraf, R-Odessa
State Rep. Geanie Morrison, R-Victoria
State. Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg
Moderated by Evan Smith, CEO of The Texas Tribune
Presented by Raise Your Hand Texas, Texas Association of Counties, Texas Electric Cooperatives, Water Grows, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc., Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and Texas Agriculture Council
7:15 P.M. CT
Immediately following the opening session, attendees in Lubbock are invited to join us in the Allen Theatre courtyard for a reception.
Presented by Water Grows
FRIDAY, NOV. 18
Texas Tech University
McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
17th and University, Lubbock TX, 79409
8 A.M. CT
BREAKFAST & REGISTRATION
We invite attendees in Lubbock to join us for a complimentary breakfast before the program.
Presented by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
8:30 A.M. CT
WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS
Day Two of our program kicks off with a welcome from Lawrence Schovanec, Texas Tech University president, and opening remarks from Evan Smith, CEO of The Texas Tribune.
8:40 A.M. CT
ONE-ON-ONE WITH U.S. SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE TOM VILSACK
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack sits down with Evan Smith, CEO of The Texas Tribune, to talk about what the federal government has done in the last two years — and plans to do in the next two — to support rural communities.
Presented by Texas Association of Dairymen, Corteva and BNSF Railway
9 A.M. CT
EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL
From pre-K to college, how rural schools are meeting the challenges of preparing their students for life in the 21st century.
State Rep. Ken King, R-Canadian
H.T. Sanchez, superintendent of Plainview ISD
Russell Lowery-Hart, president of Amarillo College
JuliAnn Mazachek, president of Midwestern State University
Moderated by Nic Garcia, regional editor at The Texas Tribune
Presented by Raise Your Hand Texas, Texas State Technical College, BNSF Railway and Texas Association of Community Colleges; Supported by Texas Association of Mid-Size Schools and Texas Association of Rural Schools
10 A.M. CT
ENSURING RURAL HEALTH
A prescription for equitable access and outcomes in the state’s most far-flung counties.
Lorenzo Serrano, CEO of the Winkler County Hospital District
John Hodges, family nurse practitioner, Ralls Family Medicine
Lori Rice-Spearman, president of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Jennifer Franklin, chief clinical officer of the Yoakum Community Hospital
Moderated by Jayme Lozano, High Plains reporter at The Texas Tribune
Presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Texas Farm Bureau, FirstCare Health Plans (part of Baylor Scott & White Health), Texas Association of Counties, Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc., Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute and Texas Agriculture Council; Supported by Texas Rural Health Association and Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals (TORCH)
11 A.M. CT
Broadband access is finally expanding across rural Texas. What this will mean for education, health care, economic development and more.
Jennifer Harris, federal program officer for Texas, Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Charlie Cano, CEO of Etex Telephone Cooperative
Dustin Fawcett, Ector County judge-elect
Moderated by Pooja Salhotra, East Texas reporter at The Texas Tribune
Presented by Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc., Texas Association of Counties, FirstCare Health Plans (part of Baylor Scott & White Health), Texas Electric Cooperatives, Texas Farm Bureau and Texas Rural Funders
12 P.M. CT
Attendees in Lubbock will enjoy a complimentary lunch. If you're registered already, please update your registration to confirm attendance on Friday and alert us to your dietary restrictions.
Presented by FirstCare Health Plans, part of Baylor Scott & White Health
12:40 P.M. CT
CITY HALL CONFIDENTIAL
Rural mayors talk local control, spending and taxes, the old way of life vs. the modern world and political realities.
Ginger Nelson, mayor of Amarillo
Tray Payne, mayor of Lubbock
Mark Hicks, mayor of Lufkin
Moderated by Sewell Chan, editor in chief at The Texas Tribune
Presented by BNSF Railway
1:45 P.M. CT
PRESERVING NATURAL RESOURCES
Will plentiful water, clean air, and thoughtful land use be the future of rural Texas?
State Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock
Carlos Rubinstein, former chair of the Texas Water Development Board
Marilu Hastings, executive vice president of the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation
Moderated by Adam Young, editor of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Presented by Water Grows, TEXAS 2036, Texas Association of Dairymen, Capital Farm Credit and Texas Agriculture Council
2:30 P.M. CT
A SOUND ECONOMY
How rural communities are supporting industries, attracting businesses, creating jobs, and training the next generation’s workforce.
Wendie Cook, board member of the Canadian Economic Development Corp.
Judy Canales, executive director of the Eagle Pass Maverick County Economic Development Alliance
Nathan Tafoya, executive director of the Mount Pleasant Economic Development Corp.
Lillian Salerno, rural development state director for Texas at the USDA
Moderated by Sarah Self-Walbrick, news director at Texas Tech Public Media
Presented by Texas State Technical College, Capital Farm Credit, Water Grows, Texas Electric Cooperatives and BNSF Railway; Media Supported by Texas Tech Public Media
HOST A WATCH PARTY: This multiday event will be simultaneously streamed for virtual attendees and will be available to watch on demand afterward at texastribune.org/events.
If you would like to share this event with a group, consider hosting a watch party for your library, school or organization to bring the rich conversations happening at “The Future of Rural Texas” to your community. Let us know when you register if you'd like more information on hosting a party. If you have already planned your event, share the details about what you have planned and we’ll send you a toolkit to help make your event a success.