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Texas Urbanism: The Affordable Silicon Valley Alternative

Presented by Austin Business Journal
Texas Urbanism: The Affordable Silicon Valley Alternative
Thursday, November 10, 2016, 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
AT&T Conference Center
1900 University Ave
Austin TX, 78705

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Come hear the findings of Joel Kotkin, one of the nation’s leading researchers on urbanism. Kotkin will unveil his research and identify areas of economic vitality as part of a statewide initiative. Afterward, we’ll host a panel to discuss key findings of the study.



Joel Kotkin

Described by the New York Times as “America’s uber-geographer,” Joel Kotkin is an internationally-recognized authority on global, economic, political and social trends. His new book, THE HUMAN CITY: Urbanism for the Rest of Us, has just been published by Agate Press.

Mr. Kotkin is the Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University in Orange, California and Executive Director of the Houston-based Center for Opportunity Urbanism ( He is Executive Editor of the widely read website and writes the weekly “New Geographer” column for He is a regular contributor to the Daily Beast and Real Clear Politics. He is the author of seven previously published books, including the widely praised THE NEW CLASS CONFLICT (Telos Press), which describes the changing dynamics of class in America.

Other past books include THE NEXT HUNDRED MILLION: America in 2050, published by The Penguin Press. The book explores how the nation will evolve in the next four decades. THE CITY: A GLOBAL HISTORY and TRIBES: How Race, Religion and Identity Are Reshaping the Global Economy, were also published in numerous languages including Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, German and Arabic. Mr. Kotkin has published reports on topics ranging from the future of class in global cities to the places with the best opportunities for minorities. His 2013 report, “Postfamilialism: Humanity’s Future,” an examination of the world’s future demography, was published by the Civil Service College of Singapore and Chapman University and has been widely commented on not only in the United States, but in Israel, Brazil, Canada and other countries.

Over the past decade, Mr. Kotkin has completed studies focusing on several major cities, including a worldwide study focusing on the future of London, Mumbai and Mexico City, and studies of New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Houston, San Bernardino and St. Louis, among others. In 2010 he completed an international study on “the new world order” for the Legatum Institute in London, UK that traced trans-national ethnic networks, particularly in East Asia. He also has worked in smaller communities, including a report -working with Praxis Strategy Group – on the rise of the Great Plains for Texas Tech University. Currently Kotkin is coordinating major studies on Texas urbanism, the future of localism and the re-industrialization of the American heartland for the Center for Opportunity Urbanism. As director of the Center for Demographics and Policy at Chapman, he was the lead author of a major study on housing, and is currently involved in a project about the future of Orange County, CA.

Ryan Streeter

Ryan Streeter is the Executive Director of the Center for Politics and Governance at the University of Texas at Austin and Clinical Professor of Public Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

Streeter has served in a variety of public policy roles in both the private and public sectors. He has conducted policy research projects for large institutional nonprofits, worked in and with a number of think tanks, and has served as a policy advisor at the federal, state, and local levels.

He served as a Special Assistant for Domestic Policy to President George W. Bush, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Strategy to Indiana Governor Mike Pence, and Policy Advisor to Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith. He was a senior fellow at the Legatum Institute in London, where he co-directed the design and launch of the Legatum Prosperity Index. He has also served as a Transatlantic Fellow with the German Marshall Fund, Research Fellow with the Hudson Institute, and Distinguished Fellow at the Sagamore Institute. He has conducted polls on policy and politics and has run his own policy and communications practice with foundation, nonprofit, and professional association clients.

Streeter is the author of more than 50 articles and has authored, edited, or co-authored four books. His articles have appeared in outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, the Washington Post, National Review, the Weekly Standard, and other daily papers and online journals. He has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business, CNBC, the BBC, Sky News and numerous radio programs.

Streeter holds a Ph.D. from Emory University.


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A National Think Tank Based in Houston

The Center for Opportunity Urbanism is a stand-alone think tank, based in Houston. Headquartering this effort in Houston reflects the region’s emergence as arguably the primary exemplar of this new urban model. But this is not a Houston-centric think tank; its view and reach is national. It is directed both by its board and its executive director, who will remain based in Southern California, with input from fellows and a board of advisors. The Center is run primarily by Joel Kotkin, with assistance of a part-time office manager and later additions in public/media relations, fund raising, and lobbying. Our team consists of several noted experts in the field of urban growth, including our first fellows, Wendell Cox, Tory Gattis and Anne Snyder.

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