Houston, TX – As the election looms close and TX voters look to the future of energy production over the next four years, Consumer Energy Alliance- Texas (CEA-TX) is hosting one of the last energy related industry forums before Election Day.  The Texas Energy and Jobs Forum will be held on October 24th in Houston, featuring industry leaders and public officials in a wide ranging discussion on the future of energy production, job creation, and economic development in the Lone Star state.

“This event will really help non-energy business sectors get a handle on what we can expect in the future with regards to expanding job creation and revitalizing communities across the state of Texas,” said David Blackmon, Executive Director of CEA-TX.

The event also serves as a kick-off for CEA-TX, the newest state chapter of the national organization Consumer Energy Alliance, an organization that advocates for a strong domestic energy policy and whose members span the full range of the U.S. economy. CEA-TX will focus on building consensus amongst energy consumers, energy producers, and public officials on energy policy issues specific to Texas, and work to help Texans capture their energy pride.

“Energy is hugely important to the Texas economy, especially as it relates to other industries and businesses,” said John Esparza, President and CEO of the Texas Motor Transport Association and member of the CEA-TX Steering Committee. “We need to do all we can to insure that Texas continues to be a national leader in energy production and that our citizens and businesses have access to an affordable supply of motor fuel and electricity.”

Speakers at the forum will include Congressmen Gene Green, Pete Olson and Kevin Brady. Dr. Thomas Tunstall of University of Texas San Antonio will deliver a presentation on economic expansion due to energy development in the Eagle Ford region. The event will also feature a panel discussion by Paul Caplan, Rigzone; John LaRue, Port of Corpus Christi; Leodoro Martinez, Eagle Ford Shale Consortium; John Esparza, TMTA; and Jim Rich, Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce.

The Texas Energy and Jobs Forum will take place on October 24th, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Houston Westin Galleria.