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 are both making steadfast efforts to enhance their innovation economies. Infrastructure has a huge role to play in unlocking Corpus Christi and El Paso’s full potential. There are opportunities including encouraging collaboration with cross border partners, local universities and between the city and its entrepreneurial thinkers. It is equally crucial that the cities have the capacity for connectivity needed to drive this explosive growth and innovation.
That capacity is enhanced by the deployment of foundational technology such as small cells. Small cells boost existing wireless high-speed Internet connectivity and ensure that cities are best positioned to take advantage of the digital economy. This video from CTIA highlights how far we’ve come in mobile technology, but there is more work to be done
These conversations drove home the need to support local efforts and legislation that are underway to speed deployment of the small cell infrastructure that will operate as the backbone of our next generation wireless networks.
We are thankful to the community leaders who participated and look forward to continuing these conversations with El Paso and Corpus Christi, as well as our upcoming “Future Ready McAllen” roundtable, which will take place this week. By streamlining policy and regulations, tapping into the potential of public private partnerships, and investing in foundational technology to boost connectivity, we can ensure that our cities are truly “Future Ready.”