The Hobby Center for the Study of Texas is an independent and objective source for the completion of research and education projects and programs focused on major issues impacting Texas and the Nation both now and in the future. The Center seeks to advance understanding of the causes and consequences of demographic, economic, geographic, social, and environmental conditions impacting the current conditions in, and future of, Texas and other areas in the Nation.
Kerrville Poised for Growth: Speakers at First Economic Summit Put Focus on Area’s Future
From the Kerrville Daily Times: Kerrville is “poised for growth,” according to experts who eyed the local economic landscape for the benefit of a sold-out crowd of more than 200 local business men and women attending the inaugural Hill Country Economic Summit. Gathering Feb. 16 at the Mount Wesley Conference Center, attendees heard from national economist M. Ray Perryman, as well as former chief state demographer Steve Murdock and Peterson Health President/CEO, Pat Murray. Also providing updates on their agencies were Charlie McIlvain, executive director of the Kerrville Convention and Visitors Bureau; Brian O’Connor, CEO of the Kerrville Economic Development Corporation; and Walt Koenig, CEO of the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce, which hosted the event.
430,000 New Texans in One Year
From Denton Record-Chronicle: Over the last year, Texas added 432,957 residents, pushing the state’s population to almost 28 million.
How Canadian Schools Succeed in Nudging Indigenous Students Through College
From The Atlantic:A similar shift is well under way in the United States, where the number of college-age Hispanics will more than double by 2060, according to projections by the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas at Rice University, while the supply of college-age whites declines. The number of African Americans will increase 42 percent by then, the Census Bureau says.
Lack of Hispanics in College Could Hurt Your Paycheck
From U.S. News & World Report: ...the number of college-age Hispanics will more than double nationwide by 2060, according to projections by the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas at Rice University. The number of Hispanics of all ages will more than double, the Census Bureau estimates, while the number of whites will decline by 6 percent.
Texas Lawmakers Explore Paring Back Free Tuition for Veterans' Kids
From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: In 2015, the program [Hazlewood] cost Texas universities a combined $178 million, according to the state comptroller's office. But what that number will look like three years from now is a matter of debate. In 2015, the Legislative Budget Board predicted that it would cost $380 million by 2019. A report by Rice University's Hobby Center for the Study of Texas commissioned by the Texas Veterans Commission, however, suggested that the number may be much lower.