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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, TEP Focus

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5 Cornerstones of San Antonio’s Tech Community

Texas is a hotbed of innovation, with cities like Austin, Dallas and Houston nationally recognized as tech leaders. San Antonio, home of Rackspace and the Techstars cloud accelerator, is also making an impact. We always enjoy our trips to San Antonio to meet with community builders, startup founders, technologists, developers, and everyone who is putting […]






July 26, 2016 in Blog

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Around the Web: Austin Technology Council forms ATC Policy Coalition, TEP’s Collier named a founding member

The Austin Technology Council responded to tech leaders’ call for the tech community to engage in local policy discussions with the creation of the ATC Policy Coalition last week. TEP’s Chelsea Collier was named a founding member of the coalition. Below is an excerpt from the ATC’s announcement of the new initiative.  “In support of […]






June 30, 2016 in Blog

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TEP in the News – Collier: Austin needs action to shine during ACL Fest

Austin is at a crossroads. In the space where challenges, local policies and technology-based solutions intersect, the path forward is still foggy and the issues extend beyond ride-hailing. In just four months, tens of thousands of ACL festival-goers will arrive in Austin. We welcome and appreciate these visitors and know we need to be prepared […]






June 20, 2016 in TEP In The News

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Social Notes: TEP convenes San Antonio round-table discussion with Speaker Straus

TEP Chairman Robert Howden hosted a reception with Texas Speaker of the House Joe  Straus and San Antonio’s top tech and business leaders who gathered to talk tech + policy + economy + innovation. Pictured here are Speaker Joe Straus, Michael Girdley, Lew Moorman, Marina Alderete, Gavito Wanda, Chandler Rohm, Darryl Byrd, Peter French, Chelsea […]






May 30, 2016 in Blog

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