Innovation in Colonias on the Texas-Mexico Border: Building on Border Assets
A panel of experts will discuss opportunities to promote entrepreneurship and job creation for the colonia populations living along the U.S.-Mexico border. Panelists will discuss how policies for affordable housing, infrastructure, education, workforce development, entrepreneurship, and health can be integrated together with efforts to build an inclusive economy and strong community networks and cooperation.
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The Wilson Center's Urban Sustainability Laboratory and Mexico Institute, along with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, are pleased to invite you to the event, "Innovation in Colonias on the Texas-Mexico Border: Building on Border Assets." While public discussion often focuses on the challenges facing low-income communities living on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, the region’s assets can be leveraged to advance local economic development. A panel of experts will discuss opportunities to promote development, entrepreneurship and job creation for the colonia populations living along the border. Panelists will discuss how policies for affordable housing, infrastructure, education, workforce development, entrepreneurship, and health can be integrated with efforts to build an inclusive economy and strong community networks and cooperation. On-the-ground innovation in the border region and in the colonias offers important new models for development in underserved communities.
A recent report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, “Las Colonias in the 21st Century: Progress Along the Texas-Mexico Border”, provides context for the discussion. Texas colonias, home to an estimated 500,000 people, represent one of the largest concentrations of poverty in the U.S. This report offers a comprehensive profile of Texas border colonias, assessing the opportunities, successes, and challenges facing these communities.
Blair Ruble, Vice President for Programs, and Director, Urban Sustainability Laboratory, Wilson Center
Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, 15th Congressional District of Texas
Jordana Barton, Senior Advisor, Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Alex Hinojosa, Deputy Managing Director, North American Development Bank
Laura Gómez-Rodríguez, Team Lead-Brownsville, White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative, Environmental Protection Agency (SC2)
Jesse Miller, Associate Director, buildingcommunityWORKSHOP, Rio Grande Valley
Moderator: Christopher Wilson, Deputy Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
Blair A. Ruble
Former Wilson Center Vice President for Programs (2014-2017); Director of the Comparative Urban Studies Program/Urban Sustainability Laboratory (1992-2017); Director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies (1989-2012) and Director of the Program on Global Sustainability and Resilience (2012-2014)
Congressman Rubén Hinojosa
The Mexico Institute seeks to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between Mexico and the United States by promoting original research, encouraging public discussion, and proposing policy options for enhancing the bilateral relationship. A binational Advisory Board, chaired by Luis Téllez and Earl Anthony Wayne, oversees the work of the Mexico Institute. Read more
Urban Sustainability Laboratory
Since 1991, the Urban Sustainability Laboratory has advanced solutions to urban challenges—such as poverty, exclusion, insecurity, and environmental degradation—by promoting evidence-based research to support sustainable, equitable and peaceful cities. Read more