TTIP Roadshow: Houston

The U.S.-EU Trade & Investment Relationship: The Impact on the Houston Economy

On Tuesday, March 31, 2015 a program was held in Houston, TX on the trade relationship between the U.S. and EU, and its impact on Houston and Texas at large.  Specifically, the event focused on TTIP, the trade agreement currently being negotiated by the U.S. and EU.  The goal of the program was to educate businesses, media and the greater public about the agreement and the positive impact of enhanced transatlantic trade on Texas.

The audience included students, consultants, staff from general consulates of several countries, staff of bi-national chambers of commerce, and employees from several local companies, both large and small.

Following the event Houston Public Media, the local National Public Radio station ran radio segments entitled, “What’s At Stake For Texas In Free Trade Talks With Europe” and “Hans Engel On The Chemical Sector And Texas-EU Trade”.

Featured speakers included:

  • Janiece M. Longoria, Chairwoman of the Port of Houston Authority
  • Hans Engel, Chairman and CEO, BASF Corporation
  • H.E. Peter Taksøe-Jensen, Ambassador of Denmark to the United States
  • Dr. Daniel Hamilton, Director, Center For Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University
  • Matthew Shailer, ‎Special Assistant on Trade & International Affairs, Office of the Mayor of Houston
  • Andrew Schneider, Business Reporter, Houston Public Media
  • Jason Olson, Director of International External Affairs, AT&T
  • Skip Jones, Executive Director for Europe and Eurasia, U.S. Commerce Department
  • Thomas Whitehead, Senior Trade Policy Advisor, British Embassy to the U.S.
  • Sujiro Seam, Consul General of France in Houston; Chair of the European Consular Corps in Houston
  • Dr. Terri E. Givens, Associate Professor, UT Austin Center for European Studies
Resources on TTIP & Trade

For additional information, please contact Hilary Sama at

The co-organizers of the event were:

About the TABC TTIP Roadshow 

TABC will hold events focused on educating businesses, media, academia, politicians and the general public about TTIP in several U.S. cities during a 2014-2015 roadshow: Atlanta, GA; Indianapolis, IN: Charlotte, NC; Houston, TX; San Jose, CA; San Francisco, CA; Detroit, MI; Columbus, OH; and Chicago, IL.

This project is funded in part by the European Union.