Captain Bill Diehl(Ret.), President of the Greater Houston Port Bureau, will be the featured speaker at the 2018 Economic Outlook Dinner hosted by the Texas A&M University-Texarkana College of Business, Engineering, and Technology Tuesday, February 6th, in Eagle Hall of the University Center on the A&M-Texarkana campus, 7101 University Ave., Texarkana, Texas.

There will be a reception at 5:30 p.m. Dinner begins at 6 p.m.

According to a press release, the impact of the Panama Canal expansion on the Port of Houston, future development of the I69 corridor, and more specifically, increased traffic flows through Texarkana is an exciting development.  This year’s Economic Outlook Dinner speaker, Captain Bill Diehl (Ret.), is the President of the Greater Houston Port Bureau, and he will describe port operations and the predicted impact of the increased traffic flows and growth plans resulting from the Panama Canal expansion.


The Greater Houston Port Bureau is a maritime trade organization serving 210 member companies in the Houston region.  The Port Bureau supplies its members with detailed vessel traffic information, market analysis, and maritime expertise in safety, security, and environmental issues.  Prior to coming to the Port Bureau, Bill served 31 years in the Coast Guard, culminating in commanding the largest operational unit in the Coast Guard: Sector Houston-Galveston.  He has a Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan in Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia.

This event once again promises to be informative and useful for business development in the Texarkana region.

Thank you for your continued support of the College of Business, Engineering, and Technology at Texas A&M University-Texarkana, and your interest in our local, regional, and national economy.

Tickets for the Economic Outlook Dinner are $75 or $500 for a reserved table of eight. Event sponsorships are available for $1,000 and include logo placement on all event materials and one table of eight.  All proceeds will be used to support the College endowment.

For more information on tickets and sponsorships, contact Dana Scott in the College of Business, Engineering, and Technology at (903) 223-3021 or or Jim Bynum at (903) 223-3191 or

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