El Paso’s Civic Leaders to Present at 2018 Texas Tribune Festival

The eighth annual festival set for September 27-29, 2018 in Austin, Texas

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Civic leaders from El Paso – including Mayor Dee Margo, State Rep. César Blanco and Housing Authority of the City of El Paso, TX (HACEP) CEO Gerald Cichon – will be featured speakers during the 2018 Texas Tribune Festival.

Hosted by The Texas Tribune, the annual festival focuses on diverse perspectives, inspiring conversations and civil discussions with leaders from across the state and country. This year’s event will take place in Downtown Austin from September 27-29, 2018.

“This festival gives us an opportunity to share El Paso’s successes with fellow Texans and some of the sharpest minds across multiple disciplines,” said Margo. “El Paso is at the forefront of civic engagement and innovation and this platform is yet another chance to share our story.”

Margo is scheduled to participate in “The Way Forward is Urban” panel, moderated by David Brown, host and managing editor of “Texas Standard,” a statewide public radio news program. Other panelists include Steve Adler, Mayor of Austin, Ron Nirenberg, Mayor of San Antonio and Beth Van Duyne, Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Duyne previously served as of Irving, Texas.

Cichon will speak during the “Priced Out” panel, which looks into housing issues currently facing Texans.

“In recent years, HACEP has been recognized across the country as a leading voice in redefining what public housing is and what public housing can become,” said Cichon. “I look forward to sharing our successes in El Paso with some of the great thinkers and civic leaders of our time.”

In addition to Cichon, the “Priced Out” panel includes: Sarah Eckhardt, Travis County judge; Rodney Ellis, Harris County Commissioner; Rey Saldaña, San Antonio City Councilman; and Eddie Bernice Johnson, U.S. Representative, D-Dallas.

The panel will be moderated by Texas Tribune Breaking News Editor, Matthew Watkins.

The 2018 Texas Tribune Festival expanded this year, relocating to downtown Austin to better accommodate public interest, which attracted nearly 5,000 attendees in 2017. The move also supports an expanded free program aimed to bring more Austin locals, business leaders and tourists into the conversation.

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