News Category: COVID-19

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

May 19, 2020

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.

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

May 18, 2020

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.

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

May 18, 2020

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.

Texas policy experts offer playbook for post-pandemic recovery

May 13, 2020

As state leaders begin to restart the Texas economy, policy experts from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston have issued a nine-point playbook for rebuilding a more equitable and inclusive future Texas.

Texas's reliance on growth hid lack of preparation

May 13, 2020

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 coronavirus pandemic, according to a report released Wednesday by the University of Houston and the University of Texas at Austin.

A Playbook for Resiliency:

May 13, 2020

How we approach the challenge of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will define the Texas that we live in going forward. A Playbook for Resiliency: Creating Opportunity for All Texans outlines nine principles and associated actions for an inclusive and more resilient Texas.

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

April 19, 2020

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."

Houston Matters: How the pandemic might accelerate urbanization

April 9, 2020

LBJ's Steven Pedigo talks about how the COVID-19 pandemic could speed up urbanization around Texas.

Coronavirus will likely accelerate the urbanization of Texas

April 5, 2020

We must begin now to prepare for our new normal, writes Steven Pedigo, director of the LBJ Urban Lab, in the Dallas Morning News.

Video: Steven Pedigo and Waterloo Greenway's Peter Mullan on COVID-19 and urban public spaces

April 2, 2020

LBJ Urban Lab Director Steven Pedigo talks with Peter Mullan, CEO of the Waterloo Greenway Conservancy, about how COVID-19 is impacting public spaces in our communities. Their conversation was additional material for the debut session of the virtual series LBJ In the Arena.