Hibbs In the Community

Soules College of Business

Hibbs In the Community

Hibbs Institute for Business & Economic Research

Please join the Hibbs Institute, Rice University, and the Center for Retail Enterprises for a lunch networking and panel discussion featuring regional business leaders to discuss insights on labor market shortages. Additionally, an academic expert will share figures related to immigration visas as a potential option to mitigate this issue.

*Lunch and drinks provided by the Center for Retail Enterprises.

RSVP link: https://forms.office.com/r/DWbAmk6wWR 

Meet the panelists here.

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Our Institute in the News



Labor Shortage May be Here to Stay; KLTV News, May 29, 2023.


Home Sales Falling; KTRE News, February 23, 2023.


New health index shows how poor rural health factors affect East Texas;KLTV News, January 27, 2023.


Health Conditions in the Region; Interview with Dr. Manuel Reyes, Acting Director and Senior Research Analyst; KVUT Radio Station, January 25, 2023.

 Interview LVUT



• Economic Trends After the Pandemic; Center for Family and Small Enterprises  - UT Tyler (Annual Conference), October 5, 2022.

Annual Conference



UT Tyler hosts economic summit examining East Texas housing market; KLTV News, August 26, 2022.

Economic Summit


East Texas housing market cooling down; KETK News, August 26, 2022.


UT Tyler economic expert eases worries of potential recession; KLTV News, July 28, 2022.


Inflation taking toll on East Texans with limited income; KLTV News, July 13, 2022.


East Texas pawn shop sees uptick in sellers due to inflation; KLTV News, June 21, 2022. 


UT Tyler expert explains why interest rate increase could combat inflation;KLTV News, June 15, 2022. 


Rural, Set, Go: Boost!;Workforce Solutions East Texas, June 20, 2022.


WCEDC and Workforce Solutions East Texas Get Proactive, Hosting Event on June 7 Addressing Local Labor Shortages;Hackney Communications, May 26, 2022.


Labor shortage in deep East Texas: Workforce Solutions looking to fill job positions;KETK News, May 17, 2022.


UT Tyler study shows impact of Caldwell Zoo on Smith County;KLTV News, April 25, 2022.


Study: Caldwell Zoo brings 'significant' economic impact to Tyler area;Tyler Morning Telegraph, April 22, 2022.


East Texas economic expert breaks down the rise in consumer good prices; KLTV News, April 14, 2022.


Economics Trends During the COVID-19 Times and Marketing Your Business; The Lindale Area Chamber of Commerce, February 10, 2022.


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 • Estimating the economic contribution of the Hispanic community in Tyler;The Tyler Loop, October 2021.

 • Tyler Tourism on the Rise According to Visit Tyler;107.3 Kiss FM, April 2021.

 • Housing Boom Could Continue Through 2021;CBS19 News, March 29, 2021 



 • Travel restrictions cut deeply into business on U.S.- Mexico border;San Antonio Express - News, December 24, 2020.


IC² internships in remote or rural Texas hometowns this summer;The IC² Institute, The University of Texas at Austin, August 2020.  


• East Texas suffered hundreds of millions in losses during economy shutdown; rebound predicted; Tyler Morning Telegraph, May 17, 2020.


• Report shows estimated economic loss caused by COVID-19; KLTV News, May 16, 2020.


Estimate puts one-month lockdown cost at $169 million in Longview area; Longview News-Journal, May 16, 2020.


Smith, Gregg Counties Lead Large Texas MSAs In Healthcare System Capacity Per Capita; The East Texas Regional Development Company, May 4 2020. 


• Report: Longview-area economy could take bigger hit from energy downturn ; Longview News-Journal, May 3, 2020. 


UT Tyler professor: Shopping locally, to-go services can improve retail marketplace decline; Tyler Morning Telegraph, April 19, 2020.


Tyler area nonessential businesses could lose over $100 million in two weeks of stay-at-home order; Tyler Morning Telegraph, April 12, 2020.


Tyler estimated economic loss from COVID-19 more than $100 million; CBS19 News, April 9, 2020.



By the numbers: Christmas brings jobs and increased spending to area; Tyler Morning Telegraph, December 26, 2019.


UT Tyler's Hibbs Institute teams up with university in Mexico to study local economic drivers; Tyler Morning Telegraph, December 19, 2019.


Minimum wage: Business owners and city lawmakers at odds; Las Cruces Sun News, November 13, 2019.


City to hold public meeting on minimum wage Tuesday night; Las Cruces Sun News, November 11, 2019.


Researchers release health status of East Texas; CBS19 News, October 3, 2019.


Interview with "La Vida TV"; Channel 22Telemundo (Hispanic TV Channel), May 29, 2019.


Tyler Area Economy; Tyler Morning Telegraph, April 12, 2019.


Organization Newsletter; Association for University Business and Economic Research (AUBER), February 5, 2019. 


Faith institutions contribute $100 million to Tyler area economy; Tyler Morning Telegraph, January 27, 2019. 


Minimum Wage Impact Study Presented to Las Cruces City Council, KRWG NMSU-Public Media, June 30, 2018. 


City leaders in Las Cruces are moving forward with increasing the minimum wageKFOX14 News, June 26, 2018. 


Some Las Cruces residents are happy, others unhappy of increase of minimum wageCBS4 News, June 26, 2018. 


Economic analysis shows proposed development project could generate $1.4B for City of Tyler, county; KLTV News, April 12, 2018. 


West Loop project would bring about $1.4 billion to Tyler areaTyler Morning Telegraph, April 12, 2018.