Navigating Houston's Economic Road: Institute for Regional Forecasting's Spring 2011 Symposium Set for May 24

Driving in Houston can be stressful.  Navigating the course of Houston's economy can be more so.  

"The economy is akin to driving bumper cars," said Ted Jones, senior vice president and chief economist for Stewart Title Guaranty Co.  "You know where you're going, but things keep bumping into you, causing a change in direction, velocity and, sometimes, destination." 

Ted Jones

Jones will present his Houston economic forecast and road map at the University of Houston Institute for Regional Forecasting's annual Spring 2011 Symposium.  The event takes place Tuesday, May 24 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1200 Louisiana.  Lunch and program begin at 11:30 a.m.  

Among other things, Jones will address the impact of rising oil prices and interest rates on Houston's economy and its influence on the growing federal deficit and unfunded liabilities.  

"The good news is that Houston's job growth continues at a slow pace, and the petrochemical industry will continue to enjoy readily affordable natural gas prices," Jones said.  

Jones will be available before and after the symposium to answer questions.  Please contact Marisa Ramirez, or 713-743-8152 to schedule an availability.  

An internationally recognized real estate expert, Jones holds a doctorate in finance and gives more than 150 presentations on real estate and the economic outlook each year.   You can read his blog "Jones on Real Estate" at  

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WHAT: UH Institute for Regional Forecasting Spring 2011 Symposium       Featuring Ted Jones, senior vice president and chief economist, Stewart Title Guaranty Co. 

WHEN: Tuesday, May 24

                Lunch: 11:30 a.m.

                Program: Noon 

WHERE:  Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1200 Louisiana, Imperial Ballroom