Sustainable Community Forum

South Texas Economic Development Center and College of Business


We are pleased to host a forum at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi on March 12. This special event will offer attendees an opportunity to learn about the latest developments in our community and the South Texas region.





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To deepen our understanding of sustainable economic and community development as well as broadening our views on the entrepreneurial spirit and the so-called Next Big Thing.



This event will feature four distinguished speakers from different corners of our regional community. The two speakers from private industry are trailblazers in the exploration of natural resources in Texas or new markets in other parts of the world. The two speakers from the public sector are architects for a more livable (and happier) local community.



The topics are of interest to (1) university students, particularly those majoring in business, social sciences, physical sciences and engineering; and (2) local entrepreneurs, citizens and public policymakers.



Each session includes a 30-45 minute presentation by the speaker, followed by Q&A's and comments from attendees and other participants.



All sessions in this forum are open to TAMU-CC students and the general public with free admission.



Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sessions I | University Center Anchor Ballroom: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Sessions II| University Center Anchor Ballroom: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.



For further information, visit or email Jim Lee at




10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

UC Anchor Ballrooms

Opening Remarks

-         College of Business, Dean John Gamble

-         STEDC Director, Jim Lee

11:00 AM - 12:00 NOON


11:00 AM - 12:00 NOON

UC Anchor Room C

Jorge Sanchez

Small Business Startups, Government Funding, and Opportunities for Renewable Energy in Latin America

Mr. Sanchez is head of Business Development at Sana International Commerce Inc., which has received numerous awards, including the U.S. Small Business Administration's 1997 and 2011 Small Business Exporter of the Year, and the U.S. Export-Import Bank's 2013 Minority Business Exporter of the Year.

11:00 AM - 12:00 NOON

UC Anchor Room D

Kirk Fauver

Partnership for a Sustainable Community

Mr. Fauver is Environmental Coordinator and Urban Transportation Planner of U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Texas Division.

12:00 NOON - 2:00 PM


2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

UC Anchor Room C

Raymond Chong

Mobility CC and Beyond at Sparkling City by the Sea

Dr. Chong is City Traffic Engineer at the City of Corpus Christi. He will provide an update on Mobility CC in the City's Comprehensive Plan 2035.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

UC Anchor Room D

Gregg Robertson

The Discovery of the Eagle Ford Shale: Changing Paradigms in the Culture of South Texas

Mr. Robertson is the owner of First Rock, Inc. He was named Caller-Times 2012 Newsmaker of the Year for his role in discovering the Eagle Ford Shale.