Association for University
Business and Economic Research

A national association of regional
economic research centers

2023 Conference

About the Conference

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers for 2023 Fall Conference


This year’s fall conference will be held at the beautiful Omni La Mansión del Rio, located along the historic River Walk in downtown San Antonio. Our conference excursion will involve two interesting architectural sites around downtown San Antonio:

  • The Soto. An office building made from heavy timber called “new lam” and is an example of architectural design that is adapting to the people who use the space, not the other way around. We will hear from architects and developers at The Soto about the buillding’s stunning construction and oeprational innovations that combine to dramatically reduce its environmental footprint.
  • The Pearl District. North of downtown, the “Pearl” is a high-density, ground-level retail redevelopment initiative that has been embraced by the City of San Antonio. We will tour its 11 acres of fixed-place food vendors, the art institute, and the historic Pearl Brewery.

After the excursion, we’ll enjoy a big dose of “Texana” at the Buckhorn Saloon, where we will tour the Saloon’s museum full of cowboy artifacts and hear from former San Antonio Mayor and HUD Secretary, Henry Cisneros.

Pre-Conference Workshops

This year we have added not one, but two preconference workshops to our program on Saturday. The Bureau of Labor Statistics will provide an in-depth session on QCEW, BEDS and JOLTS during our first workshop (12-2 p.m.), and the St. Louis Federal Reserve will provide a FRED workshop (2-4 p.m.). Choose the workshop you prefer—or register for both and get two for the price of one! Be sure to select the appropriate option when registering so we can make the necessary accommodations.

Theme: "The Future of Work"

It goes without saying that the COVID pandemic disrupted the economy—industries shut down and employees were furloughed. Many workers found a new work-life balance working from home, and remote employment began to stick. As the pandemic subsided and the economy improved, many firms have adopted a hybrid work model, begging the question—has the shift in preferences forever disrupted office occupancy? What are the spillover effects on downtown vibrancy for retail and restaurants? And how will firms cope, in what’s likely to be a recessionary environment, with the tension between wanting employees back in the office and needing to reduce the expense of their real estate footprint? We will discuss these questions (and more) during our 2023 fall conference in San Antonio.

Conference Program


Award Categories for 2023

AUBER recognizes the outstanding achievements of our members each year at our annual conference. SUBMISSION DEADLINE AUGUST 1, 2023.

  • Enter your publication (print, electronic, or website) for our Awards of Excellence in Publications. Work published July 1, 2022–June 30, 2023, is eligible for the 2023 awards.
  • Submit your scholarly paper for the Paul Polzin Prize for Best Paper. This must be a new work, not published elsewhere.
  • Nominate a peer for a commendation award—either the Fellow of AUBER Award or the prestigious R. Thayne Robson Award.



2023 Winner: Middle Tennessee State University’s Business and Economic Research Center


2023 Winner: Portland State University’s Northwest Economic Research Center


2023 Winner: University of West Florida’s Haas Center


2023 Winner: Derek Sheehan, University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research


2023 Winner: Sean Snaith, Director, University of Central Florida’s Institute for Economic Forecasting


2023 Winner: John Deskins, Director, West Virginia University’s Bureau of Business Research

Call for Papers

AUBER is organizing sessions for our upcoming fall conference, October 14-17, 2023, in San Antonio, Texas. We invite you to submit your paper abstract, project description, or other work to present at a concurrent session.

Future of Work 2023 Theme


July 10, 2023

Send to

Submissions may cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Quality of work environment, flexibility, compensation, training support
  • Technology, productivity, and connectivity
  • Industry response to inflation and international turmoil
  • Real estate mix and sustainable development
  • Education and human capital issues
  • Immigration and border issues
  • State and local finance
  • Inflation and price volatility effects
  • Encouraging diverse perspectives economic conversations
  • Statistical modeling and analysis
  • Data delivery tools and techniques
  • Online dashboards
  • GIS mapping and output analysis
  • Survey research
  • Demographic analysis
  • Public policy analysis
  • Center operations and challenges
  • Center relationships with public and private sectors
  • Dissemination to media outlets

Send your paper abstract, project description, or topic proposal by July 10, 2023, to Brian Lewandowski, AUBER president-elect and conference planning committee chair, at

Note: Send your paper abstract ASAP to reserve a slot in the conference program and become eligible for the Paul Polzin Prize for Best Paper.

Conference Presenters


Local Attractions

More information can be found online at the San Antonio Visitor Center’s website, or download the San Antonio Visitor’s Guide.

Arts & Culture




Night Life

Outdoor Adventures

River Walk



World Heritage

Conference Registration

Registration is now closed. If you need to add a guest or workshops to your existing registration, please contact us at by noon, Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Registration types:



Membership should be current at time of registration.



Not affiliated with a current member organization.



Registrant must present a valid student ID upon check-in.


Code Required

Please use sponsor discount code when registering.

Registration add-ons:



Register a spouse or significant other to attend reception, hospitality, local excursion, & Monday dinner.



Choose one or both at the same rate. Participants receive certificate upon completion.

RSVP required:


No additional cost for full conference registrants. Must choose when registering if planning to attend.


No additional cost for full conference registrants. Must choose when registering if planning to attend.

For scholarship opportunities, contact

If you are an Emeritus or Honorary Member of AUBER and would like to attend conference, please contact us about our discounted rate options.

Conference Hotel

We have a block of rooms at the Omni La Mansión del Rio for the discounted rate of $249/night plus tax. Reservations can be made by phone (210-518-1000) or online. If booking by phone, please mention AUBER. We do have a limited number of rooms available if you’re interested in extending your stay before or after the conference.

Please note the rate is available until Sept. 30th—or until the room block is full—whichever occurs first.

Omni La Mansión del Rio • 112 College Street • San Antonio, TX 78205


$249/night plus tax
Rate applies to standard Queen and King rooms.


Conference rate available until Sept. 30th, or until room block is full, whichever occurs first.


Daily ($35) | Overnight ($49)
Oversized trucks/vans may not be permitted in garage due to height restrictions. Please call prior to arrival to arrange parking for oversized vehicles.



The nearest airport to the conference hotel is the San Antonio International Airport (SAT). The following airlines all arrive at terminal A, except as noted:

The Omni hotel is approximately 8 miles south of San Antonio International airport.

San Antonio Airport to Omni Hotel


From the San Antonio Airport:

Taxi service:

  • Approximately $23 one way (up to four passengers)

Passenger rail:

  • Amtrak (1.5 miles away from the hotel)

Rental car agencies:

Rideshare services. Customers should wait on the outer commercial curbside, lower level of Terminal A. The following rideshare service companies are approved for operations at SAT:

Public Transportation. VIA Metropolitan Transit is San Antonio’s public transportation agency offering service throughout the city including service within the downtown area.

Get Downtown from the Airport:

  • Go to the Lower Roadway (Arrivals/Baggage Level in Terminal A and B), across the marked crosswalk to the outer curb.
  • VIA’s bus stop will be located on the far West end of Terminal B, clearly marked on the column.
  • You will board the VIA bus route 5, which operates every day*, and can get to beautiful downtown San Antonio in about 30 minutes for only $1.30**
  • Download the Route 5 bus schedule here.

Get to the Airport with the Stone Oak Express:

  • Take the Express Service Bus route 7 for only $2.60
  • Monday – Friday starts at 5:45 a.m. and ends at 7:00 p.m.
  • Departs Stone Oak Park & Ride every 30 minutes
  • Non-stop trip to airport takes about 15-20 minutes
  • Download Route 7 bus information here.

* Frequency may vary throughout the day and on weekends.
** Bus transfers are available at no cost.

Once in the downtown area, VIA’s VIVA service offers stops at or routes to most hotels, restaurants, the convention center, and many visitor hot spots. Three distinct VIVA routes connect riders with historic places, opportunities to learn and discover, classic and contemporary art, and popular and entertainment spots.

For added convenience, VIA offers a $2.75 Day Pass* for purchase on the bus, online, on your smartphone, and in advance of your trip.

A Day Pass is good for unlimited rides on all buses and services for the one day indicated on the pass. The Day Pass will be activated the first time boarding the bus. Download VIA’s goMobile app on your smartphone to purchase your passes or plan your trips.

For more details on bus schedules and fares, visit or call 1.866.362.2020.

***All schedules and fares are subject to change.

Sponsorship Opportunities

AUBER conferences provide a unique opportunity for companies to network with university-based researchers and professionals who heavily use economic modeling, database, and document design software and services. Our sponsorship options include the following:



Opportunity to set up display table during conference

Mention on conference website, program, and during conference

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Complimentary conference registration not offered



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Mention on conference website, program, and during conference

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One (1) complimentary conference registrations



Opportunity to set up display table during conference

Mention on conference website, program, and during conference

Large logo on promotional materials

Two (2) complimentary conference registrations



Opportunity to set up display table during conference

Mention on conference website, program, and during conference

Prominent logo on promotional materials

Three (3) complimentary conference registrations

If you wish to become a sponsor please choose the appropriate sponsorship level above and follow the online payment link.

If you are interested in a custom sponsorship level, or if you need an invoice to pay by check or wire deposit, please contact us at 765-285-3401 or

Conference sponsors will receive a discount code to redeem during the conference registration process. If you are with a sponsoring organization and do not have your current discount code, please contact before registering.

Conference Hosts


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