With robust economic and financial growth, Montgomery County is growing and preparing for what’s ahead in 2020.

What could be described as The Woodlands’ premiere business event of the year, the Economic Outlook Conference 2020, is set to draw in a crowd of hundreds.

The conference, marking its 34th year, is a production entirely of The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce and is hosted by the chamber each year since its inception. It’ll be taking place at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center on Feb. 21.

77彩票网appThe 2019 conference noted that they had approximately 650 attendees and in 2020 the chamber is expecting around 700, Margo McZeal, chamber director of governmental affairs at The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce says.

This years theme is “Innovative Solutions In A Diverse Community” and will be emceed by the CEO and president of The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, J.J. Hollie.

“A lot of businesses can attend and find out what is coming and what’s happening in the new year,” Hollie said.

Business and community leaders will gather for an anticipated day full of speeches, seminars that divulge in sustainable growth in the region and state, much like the previous years.

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77彩票网appWant to go?

What: Economic Outlook Conference 2020

77彩票网appWhere:The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center

77彩票网appWhen: Feb. 21 at 8 a.m.

How much: Chamber-members $169 & Non-Chamber members: $199

Online: woodlandschamber.org/EOC or call 281-363-8106 for additional information.

There will be discussions on economy, trends and growth by local, national and global speakers. It’s an event for business leaders to gain knowledge and further insight on the current and future trajectory of the economy as well as projected growth.

Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and the conference starts early morning at 8 a.m. and runs all the way to lunch at 1 p.m. The schedule consists of community/regional updates, economy updates, innovation panel and a lunch keynote.

77彩票网appUniversity of Houston’s president, Renu Khator, will be the lunch keynote speaker this year. It’s more of a motivational speech.

“I think her story is amazing,” McZeal said.

77彩票网appThe chamber wanted Khator to talk about her story and how she climbed the ladder of success. She’ll be discussing how she built her empire at UH and how she’s a inspiration to other women who are out in this workforce arena, McZeal says.

“They’re doing a lot of great things down there (University of Houston),” Hollie said.

Hollie says the the university just developed an innovation curriculum where you can get a four year degree in innovation and innovation leadership.

77彩票网app“Things like these are examples of what great universities need to do and are doing to develop the workforce that is needed to succeed in the Houston area,” he said.

77彩票网appEach year the chamber — with collaboration with The Woodlands Economic Development Partnership — conducts a study to determine largest employers in the area to see how they grow and what the employee count is. The businesses have to have 100 employees or more to be apart of the study and results will be announced at the conference.

In The Woodlands currently, there are two Fortune 500 companies that are headquartered here.

77彩票网app“That’s more than most states have,” Hollie said. “We’re just in a phenomenally advantageous position and I think a lot of businesses recognize that.”

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