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
  • Energy
  • Economic Development
  • Border Issues
  • Infrastructure - Water, Safety and Transportation
  • Health


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

FORSTX 2018 Flier - Updated (2)


2019 Event Agenda

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Past Speakers

These impactful men and women spoke at the Future of the Region South Texas 2016 Conference:

Live Oak County Texas Judge Jim Huff

Jim Huff

County Judge, Live Oak, TX


Omar Garcia

President, STEER


Melissa Del Bosque

Reporter, Texas Observer


David Blackmon

Oil & Gas Associate Editor, SHALE Magazine


Steve Taylor

Reporter, Rio Grande Guardian

Jennifer Hiller San Antonio Express News

Jennifer Hiller

Writer, S.A. Express News


Mike Sizemore

President and CEO, Sizemore Media & Consulting

FORSTX Headshots for Website - Glynis Strause

Glynis Holm Strause

Community Relations Advisor, ConocoPhillips

...plus many more great speakers!


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