Future of the Region South Texas
Held every two years since 1993, we seek to reach out to the leaders of South Texas to discuss issues and concerns that cut across this 47-county region.
Over the years we have achieved many successes that have come about as a result of new ways of thinking about issues and concerns relating to workforce development, investment, economic development, health care, education, and infrastructure development.
In shaping the future of South Texas, the primary objectives are:
- Undertake a regional economic development platform for South Texas in collaboration with colleges and universities
- Develop effective lines of communications with the Texas Legislature and local communities
- Foster public-private initiatives for long term economic development
- Enhance workforce training and education
Key issues of interest considered during the conferences:
- Workforce Education and Training
- Economic Development
- Border Issues
- Infrastructure - Water, Safety and Transportation
Future of the Region South Texas comprises of all the counties from San Antonio to Del Rio, Eagle Pass to Laredo, Cotulla to Victoria, McAllen to Brownsville, and from Corpus Christi to Cuero. I invite you to join FORST as a member and be part of the rich heritage – our members have reached the pinnacle of their careers be it by leading large organizations, starting a business, serving in government or holding elected offices – and together build a united and sustainable South Texas coalition of public and private partnerships engaged in economic, business and community development.
2019 FORST Event Flier
FORST 2019 Keynote Speaker
Julian Alvarez III
Commissioner Representing Labor
2016 - Present
Julian Alvarez III is the Commissioner Representing Labor of the Texas Workforce Commission. Gov. Greg Abbott reappointed him to the three-member Commission on March 7, 2017. His Commission appointment expires February 1, 2023.
The Commissioner Representing Labor represents the interest of more than 13 million Texas workers with respect to TWC services and ensures that their concerns are considered in all Commission actions.
Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Alvarez served as president and CEO of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership fostering relationships and coordinating programs to advance regional economic development and employment opportunities. He also served as a Texas regional director for the U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson advising on legislative and policy issues related to South Texas. Prior to that, Alvarez served on the South Texas Drug Task Force as a state trooper for the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). After his service with DPS, Alvarez inspired stewardship and leadership as the director of college information for Texas State Technical College in Harlingen.
Commissioner Alvarez had served on boards for:
- Teach for America
- Border Trade Advisory Committee
- I-69 Alliance
- RGV Lead
- Hidalgo County Metropolitan Planning Organization
- Texas State Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
- UT Pan American President’s Circle.
- North Harlingen Rotary
- Texas Association of Sports Officials
Commissioner Alvarez earned a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from Texas A&I University in Kingsville.
These impactful men and women spoke at the Future of the Region South Texas 2016 Conference:
County Judge, Live Oak, TX
Melissa Del Bosque
Reporter, Texas Observer
Oil & Gas Associate Editor, SHALE Magazine
Reporter, Rio Grande Guardian
Writer, S.A. Express News
President and CEO, Sizemore Media & Consulting
Glynis Holm Strause
Community Relations Advisor, ConocoPhillips
...plus many more great speakers!