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          Join us for the 2nd Annual             State of the Economy Event

Wednesday, January 22, 2020   7:30 am - 9:00 am
401 S Buchanan St, Amarillo, TX 79101

What Will You Learn?

Join us on January 22, 2020 at 7:30 to 9:00 AM in the Heritage Room of the Amarillo Civic Center for an update on Amarillo's economy and a deep dive into macro-economic issues and how they impact the Amarillo community.

Headlining the event will be keynote speaker, Dr. Ray Perryman. Dr. Ray Perryman is President and CEO of The Perryman Group, an economic research and analysis firm based in Waco, Texas.

Additionally, Amarillo Economic Development Corporation President and CEO, Kevin Carter, will give an update on Amarillo's economic outlook. Also, the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation's Director of Workforce Attraction and Retention, Sabrina Meck Perez will highlight our latest initiative, Take Root In Amarillo. 

The event will conclude with a panel discussion, moderated by Karen Welch of Panhandle PBS, and will include Dr. Ray Perryman as well as area business and economic experts.

Limited seats available, RSVP today! 


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  • An update on Amarillo's economic outlook from the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation. 
  • How macroeconomic issues affect the Amarillo area.
  • The announcement of the Amarillo EDC's latest initiative, Take Root In Amarillo.
  • Keynote from Dr. Ray Perryman, the President and CEO of The Perryman Group.
  • Q&A panel with Dr. Ray Perryman and local experts, moderated by Karen Welch of Panhandle PBS.
  • Live streaming of this event will be on the Amarillo EDC and Panhandle PBS Facebook pages. 
This event is sponsored by:


Sabrina Meck Perez, MBA: Amarillo EDC

Sabrina Meck Perez is the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation's Director of Workforce Attraction & Retention. She previously served with America's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at WTAMU, where she consulted companies in areas such as social media marketing and branding. She is a graduate of West Texas A&M University. Sabrina is the Chair for the Workforce Committee at No Limits No Excuses, whose initiatives are to create Education-Industry Collaboration, increase area internships, and create better pathways to postsecondary credentials and ultimately careers that provide a higher standard of living. She is also serving on the Advisory Committee for AACAL's upcoming innovative Career & STEM Center. Sabrina currently serves as a board member for The Hope & Healing Place and as the Mentorship Chair on the board for Elevate Amarillo, the city's young professionals group.



Dr. Ray Perryman is President and CEO of The Perryman Group, an economic research and analysis firm based in Waco, Tx. He holds a BS in Mathematics from Baylor University and a PhD in Economics from Rice University. Dr. Perryman has held numerous academic positions in his career, including ten years as Herman Brown Professor of Economics and five years as University Professor and Economist-in-Residence at Baylor University, as well as five years as Business Economist-in-Residence at Southern Methodist University. He lives in Odessa and is the father of five young Texans and the grandfather of four. Dr. Perryman has received hundreds of prestigious awards for his academic and professional efforts. Some of his most gratifying work has been in the field of economic development, where he has played a key role in the creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs. He is pleased that at long last, some of his kids actually hold some of those jobs. 


Kevin Carter, EDFP: Amarillo EDC

Kevin Carter is the President and CEO of the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation. Kevin has served in that role since April 2019. Prior to joining the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation, Kevin served as Executive Director for the High Ground of Texas, a regional marketing coalition covering the northernmost 67 counties of West Texas. Kevin graduated from Wayland Baptist University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and is a 2012 graduate from the Oklahoma Economic Development Institute and is a designated Economic Development Finance Professional.
Kevin currently serves on various boards including the Texas Economic Development Council, Team Texas Advisory Board and Texas Department of Agriculture Rural and Economic Development Advisory Council. Kevin is married to Alissa, an Administrator with the Plainview Independent School District. They have one son Blaine, who is a junior at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.