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Roundtable Dialogue: Embarking on a Retrospective View of Urban Revitalization in Houston’s Second and Third Wards

Roundtable Dialogue: Embarking on a Retrospective View of Urban Revitalization in Houston’s Second and Third Wards

​​Houston, the most diverse and fourth most populous metropolitan area in the U.S., is also ranked one of the top cities in the nation for entrepreneurs. At this member-exclusive event, Alisha Small, the McNair Center scholar for economic growth at the Baker Institute, will discuss research that the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth is embarking on to assess the impact of 20 years of urban revitalization on entrepreneurs and small businesses in Houston’s Second and Third wards. The research will be supported by a recently awarded Community-Engaged Research grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. for those planning to attend in person. A webinar will also be accessible for those wishing to virtually attend the presentation, which begins at noon.

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This event is free and open to members of the Roundtable and Roundtable Young Professionals. These forums are dedicated to advancing the mission of the institute by fostering community engagement and dialogue on vital domestic and global public policy issues through interaction with Baker Institute fellows and invited guest speakers and experts from the public and private sectors.

This event will be held in person, but a webinar will also be accessible for those wishing to attend the presentation virtually. A link and instructions on how to access the webinar will be emailed after registering. For registration assistance, please contact Rachel Smith at or 785.218.9802.

Please note that masks are required indoors for gatherings of more than 10 people and for those who have not been fully vaccinated. For more on Rice University's current COVID-19 policies, click here.


11:30 a.m. — Lunch
Noon — Presentation
12:30 p.m. — Q&A

Featured Speaker

Alisha Small is the McNair Center scholar for economic growth. She has more than 15 years of experience as an economist with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics measuring labor costs and employment cost trends. Her work has focused on data collection and analysis for the Employment Cost Index, Employer Costs for Employee Compensation report, Employee Benefits Survey, and the Occupational Requirements Survey. Over her career, she has interfaced with hundreds of businesses across the United States.

Small is a graduate of Rice University with a double major in economics and Spanish language/linguistics. She holds a master’s degree in economics from Cleveland State University, and her research interests include urban revitalization and entrepreneurship.



Tue, Oct. 26, 2021
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas 77005

R. Stockton Rush Conference Center