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Small Cells & 5G: Using Tech To Create a Smart City Future for Texas

Starting today, the Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA) will host a two-day conference called “Igniting a Smart Texas Revolution.” The event will focus on the emerging area of smart cities, which as defined by industry expert and Fast Company contributor Boyd Cohen is “a broad, integrated approach to improving the efficiency of city operations, the quality of life for its citizens, and growing […]






May 2, 2017 in Blog, TEP Focus

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Look before you leap to conclusions on data privacy

Is all of this hysteria a case of big bad business or just another tale of boring government regulatory oversight?   We live in a frenzied world where headlines whizz by our screens at an incredible rate. Sometimes it’s difficult to keep up on the top news of the day much less dive in and […]






April 12, 2017 in Blog, TEP Focus

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Texans for Economic Progress Hosts “Future Ready” Roundtable Discussions in Corpus Christi, El Paso and McAllen

Last week, Texans for Economic Progress (TEP) convened our first two of three “Future Ready” roundtables in El Paso and Corpus Christi. The events brought together technology, business, and community leaders for discussions around how to increase public-private sector collaboration and visibility into the innovation efforts under way. Each city has a different approach but […]






March 30, 2017 in Blog

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SXSW is almost here and Austin still waits for better WiFi

With South by Southwest (SXSW) upon us, it is as apparent as ever that we must continue to emphasize investment in Austin’s technology sector. Despite the progress that’s been made under the leadership of Mayor Adler, there are still significant steps to be taken to ensure that companies are able to invest in the very […]






March 7, 2017 in Blog, TEP Focus

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Senior TEP Advisor On How to Maintain Steady State Even During Economic Downturns

Chelsea Collier, Senior Advisor, TEP spoke with the Austin Monitor following an event at hosted by the Austin Tech Alliance and Capital Factory featuring Matthew Dowd and several tech community leaders. The article thoughtfully lays out several perspectives on how local, state and national policy affects the tech community and the overall economy. Collier speaks on the […]






January 20, 2017 in Blog

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The growth of Lubbock is no accident

By: Robert Howden, chairman of Texans for Economic Progress Originally published in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, November 26, 2016   Across Texas, forward-thinking communities like Lubbock are prioritizing high-speed internet connectivity, whether through broadband, wireless infrastructure or small-cell solutions as part of their plans to accommodate growth For 20 years, I’ve traveled the state, talking to […]






December 15, 2016 in Blog

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‘Tis the season to keep Texas on top

The topic of the intersection of technology and policy is one that transcends culture and geographic boundaries. Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the chance to attend conferences in DC, Philadelphia and Hamburg, Germany to discuss how decisions made in the public sector affect the private sector’s ability to invest and innovate. Everyone is […]






October 14, 2016 in Blog

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Leaders Present Civic Challenges and Solutions at Austin StartUp Week

After a week of amazing events and panels, StartUp Week closed out with a serious yet exciting topic – Smart Policy for Smart Cities. Panelists Vijay George, Professor Sherri Greenberg and Mitch Jacobson provided expert insight led by moderator and  Chelsea Collier, a member of the Texans for Economic Progress (TEP) advisory council. There were […]






October 7, 2016 in Blog

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ICYMI: TEP’s Collier in Rivard Report: Smart Cities Start with Robust Connectivity

Chelsea Collier, September 18, 2016 For the past six months, I’ve been studying Smart City approaches in the United States and China, as part of a Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellowship. As part of my research, I often look to other cities around the world that are leading this new wave of civic innovation. What a joy to […]






September 18, 2016 in Blog

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ICYMI: TEP’s Collier weighs in on Austin’s need to support tech infrastructure expansion in the Austin American-Statesman

Between Austin City Limits, South by Southwest, and the many other local events hosted in Austin every year, our city is home to some of the most popular and widely attended festivals in the country. Each year when we welcome the crowds to Austin, our wireless communication infrastructure is severely taxed. But dropped calls, unsent […]






September 15, 2016 in Blog

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