TAMIU to Host Eagle Ford Shale Summit Oct. 23
Posted: 10/4/12

TAMIU to Host Eagle Ford Shale
Stakeholders Summit

Texas A&M International University will host a historic Eagle Ford Shale Stakeholders Summit, “Maximizing Resources through Regional Partnerships” Oct. 23.

TAMIU president Dr. Ray Keck said the idea for the Summit was first brought to him by State Senator Judith Zaffirini.

“She envisioned a no-cost opportunity to engage key academics, educators, economists and industry experts alongside regional and state leaders and stakeholders to really look at the benefits and the challenges the Eagle Ford Shale development represents,” Dr. Keck explained.

“The University is honored to be able to host this historic opportunity to dialogue on the profound resources of Eagle Ford Shale and how they can best be maximized through partnership,” Dr. keck added.

Among speakers scheduled to present at the Summit are Dr. Richard Haut, Houston Advanced Research Center; Melisa D. Montemayor, Texas Department of Transportation; Dr. Nancy W. Dickey, Texas A&M Health Science Center; J. R. Reddish, S&B Infrastructure, and Dr. Thomas Tunstall, University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development, among others.

A Legislative Panel will include Senator Zaffirini, Representative Richard Raymond, Representative Ryan Guillen and Representative Tracy King.  Regional leadership representatives will include Judge Jim Huff from Live Oaks County, Cotulla City Manager Larry Dovalina and Carrizo Springs Independent School District Superintendent Deborah Dobie.

Persons interested in attending should register by Wednesday, Oct. 17, by contacting TAMIU’s Office of the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at 956.326.4483 or email rsvpevents@tamiu.edu

Additional pre-Summit activities will include a special Summit Opening Evening Reception Oct. 22 and a pre-Summit Golf Round at the newly opened Max A. Mandel Municipal Golf Course.  A Natural Gas Vehicle Exhibit will also be offered in cooperation and partnership with CenterPoint Energy, Chesapeake Energy and Lewis Energy.  La Posada Hotel has extended special Summit rates.  Exhibitor space is also available by contacting Jacqueline Benavides at TAMIU’s Texas Center for Border Economic and Enterprise Development at 956.326.2545 or by emailing jbenavides@tamiu.edu

Sponsors helping make the event possible are America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), AEP Texas, CenterPoint Energy, Eagle Ford Consortium, Lewis Energy Group, and the County of Webb.

For additional information, contact Candy Hein, TAMIU vice president for Institutional Advancement at 956.326.4483 or email candy.hein@tamiu.edu

Journalists who need additional information or help with media requests and interviews should contact the Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at prmis@tamiu.edu