LBJ Urban Lab

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The LBJ Urban Lab is a "do-tank” that will inform future urban policy and create strategy for cities in Texas and beyond, training the next generation of local leaders and exploring issues affecting urban communities.

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Op-Ed: How TX can improve its chances for post-COVID recovery

Coronavirus has revealed weaknesses in the Texas economy that we must address, write LBJ's Steven Pedigo and Hobby's Kirk Watson in the Dallas Morning News.

A Playbook for Resiliency: Creating Opportunity for All Texans

A Playbook for Resiliency: Creating Opportunities for all Texans

Kirk Watson, founding dean of the Hobby School, joins LBJ Urban Lab Director Steven Pedigo in drafting a nine-point plan for post-pandemic recovery in Texas.

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Video: Pedigo and Florida on 'Restarting Our Cities'

Steven Pedigo talks with University of Toronto Professor Richard Florida about urban areas' needs in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis for LBJ In the Arena.

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9 ways to make the Texas economy more resilient and equitable

Policy experts from UH and UT-Austin say the pandemic has exposed vulnerabilities in the Texas economy and offer "A Playbook for Resiliency" to address them.

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Texas policy experts offer playbook for post-pandemic recovery

Sometimes in the thick of this coronavirus crisis it's hard to think about a post-pandemic Texas. But the authors of a first-of-its-kind report are asking us to do just that. Leaders of the University of Texas at Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs and the University of Houston's Hobby School of Public Affairs collaborated on a proposal that calls for a more inclusive, more resilient Texas.

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Texas unemployment rate hits worst on record at 12.8%

Until now, the state’s worst-ever monthly unemployment rate was 9.2 percent in November 1986, as Texas reeled from the last big oil bust. A combination of the coronavirus pandemic and a contracting energy industry are expected to slow Texas's economic recovery.

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Why GOP can't reopen the economy without Democratic buy-in

CNN's Ronald Brownstein cites the Playbook for Resiliency in his discussion of how the partisan divide is affecting plans to re-open after COVID-19.

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Texas Matters: Post-COVID Playbook For Recovery

What will Texas look like when we finally get on the other side of this pandemic? What lessons will we have learned? Will we have the political leadership in place to move the state’s economy forward so it can create the jobs, security and opportunity that Texans have come to expect? Texas Public Radio's David Martin Davies spoke with LBJ's Steven Pedigo about the Playbook for Resiliency.

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New report looks at Texas economy's recovery post-COVID-19

The economy in the state is slowly coming back to life but many wonder how it will look after the pandemic is over. Steven Pedigo and Kirk Watson, co-authors of a new report called "A Playbook for Resiliency: Creating Opportunity for All Texans," talk about the report which looks at the pandemic's disruption and how state leaders can reshape the state's approach to critical services and rebuild a state that's more fair and inclusive.

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A road map for a post-pandemic Texas

A new report from UT's LBJ School and the University of Houston's new Hobby School proposes nine ways to reorient Texas' economy and workforce.

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Texas policy experts issue playbook for post coronavirus recovery

As Texas begins to reopen services and business around the state, policy experts from both UT Austin and the University of Houston have issued a playbook for the state's post-pandemic recovery.

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Experts build 'playbook' for the future of Texas

Some things in the Lone Star State could change forever due to the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. "As we reopen, what are those things that we can do to say, six months, 18 months – what should inform our state legislature and our state legislative agenda going forward?" said LBJ's Steven Pedigo.

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Texas's reliance on growth hid lack of preparation

The economic growth Texas experienced in recent years hid how the state’s political, social and health care systems were unprepared to deal with the crises now being wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report released Wednesday by the University of Houston and the University of Texas at Austin.

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Opinion: We’re the creative capital and we’re proving it every day

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, write LBJ Urban Lab Director Steven Pedigo and Austin Economic Development Director Veronica Briseño (MPAff '99), "Austin has found new ways to demonstrate our ingenuity and pride. Businesses are innovating, our legendary creative sector is spreading joy remotely, and our peoples' compassion never ceases to inspire."

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Getting urban economies back up and running after COVID-19

A 10-point action plan for economic developers (or economic development organizations)