Association for University
Business and Economic Research

A national association of regional
economic research centers

2023 Conference

"The Future of Work"

Omni La Mansión del Rio • San Antonio, Texas

It goes without saying that the COVID pandemic disrupted the economy—industries shut down and employees were furloughed. But 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.

We are pleased to announce the following keynote speakers who will share their valuable insights and expertise with us:

Henry Cisneros
Henry Cisneros
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development and City of San Antonio
Douglas Duncan
Fannie Mae
Will McIntosh
Will McIntosh
USAA Real Estate Company
Lloyd Potter
Texas Demographic Center
Mark Wynne
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

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.

We look forward to seeing you, and hope you’ll make plans to join us in San Antonio this fall to discuss the Future of Work!

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 Awards

AUBER recognizes the outstanding achievements of our members each year at our annual conference. Members may submit their work for consideration for the Awards of Excellence in print, electronic, and website publications, as well as the Polzin Prize for Best Paper. AUBER members may also nominate their peers for consideration for the AUBER Fellow Award as well as the R. Thayne Robson Award. View prior award winners here.


» Publication period July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023. Entries due by August 1, 2023. «


University of Alabama receives 2022 Electronic Publication Award
2022 Winner: University of Alabama’s Center for Business and Economic Research

Electronic publications take advantage of the digital format and are designed for email, tablet, and mobile device use. Interactivity is not required. Submissions may be one-time publications or part of a series, and they may cover any topic.

Electronic submissions will be judged based on quality and impact of content, visual appeal, how well the underlying data or message has been synthesized, and overall impression.


University of Nevada Las Vegas receives 2022 Print Award
2022 Winner: University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ Center for Business and Economic Research

Print publications may include newsletters, studies, forecasts, contract or technical reports, abstracts and other data publications, magazines, journals, and marketing campaigns for events or general awareness.

Submissions may be one-time publications or part of a series, and they may cover any topic.

Print submissions will be judged based on quality and impact of content, visual appeal, how well the underlying data or message has been synthesized, and overall impression.


Middle Tennessee State Univ receives 2022 Website Award
2022 Winner: Middle Tennessee State University’s Business and Economic Research Ctr

Websites may focus on any topic (e.g., business, economics, public policy, community development/impact, data collection/delivery, center self-promotion, etc.) and can be produced for the center or a client. Examples include dashboards, knowledge portals, and searchable archives, among others.

Website submissions will be judged based on content, ease of navigation, functionality, visual appeal, and overall experience.


» Nominations due by August 1, 2023. «


2019 Winner: Pankaj Patel (Villanova), Srikant Devaraj and Michael Hicks (Ball State University)

To be considered for the Paul Polzin Prize for Best Paper, the following rules are established:

  • The paper should be a new work (not previously published or accepted for publication) and written in APA, Chicago, or similar scholarly format.

  • The paper must be presented in a session at the upcoming AUBER conference.

  • The lead author must be an AUBER member in good standing.

Each eligible paper will be reviewed by the committee (the three most-recent past presidents of AUBER) and evaluated using the criteria of originality, quality of argument, positioning, and writing style.

The winner will receive a $500 cash award during the Fall Conference.

View submission guidelines for 2023.


2021 Winner: Patrick Barkey, director, University of Montana’s Bureau of Business Research

The R. Thayne Robson Award is the highest honor that AUBER awards to an individual for longtime commitment and service to the organization.

To earn the Robson Award, individuals must be AUBER members for at least 15 years, be center directors, have served on the AUBER board of directors and be an economic and public policy leaders in their state.

The R. Thayne Robson Award is awarded every other year.


Bruce Kellison receives AUBER Fellow Award
2022 Winner: Bruce Kellison, director, University of Texas at Austin’s Bureau of Business Research

AUBER Fellow Award nominees should meet all, or substantially all, of the criteria listed below.  The organization may award one fellow per year. The successful candidate should meet the following criteria:

  • Be an active or retired member of the organization

  • Maintained AUBER membership for 12 years

  • Held center director or equivalent role at a host institution

  • Served on AUBER board of directors in leadership capacity

  • Provided significant leadership and substantial service to the organization.

    • Chaired committees

    • Frequent conference session organizer or participant

    • Host and/or program chair of fall conference

    • Acted as AUBER’s liaison in partnerships with other organizations

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 overview, or other work to present at a concurrent session.

Future of Work 2023 Theme

Submissions Due

June 15, 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 overview, or session proposal no later than June 15, 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 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. Please note the rate is available until September 12—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. 12, 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.

Conference Program

Conference planning is ongoing. More information coming soon.


Conference Presenters

Conference planning is ongoing. More information coming soon.


Conference Registration

Early-bird registration is open for the 2023 fall conference! Use code TEXAS2023 to save $100 on a member or nonmember registration.

Early-bird discount expires Aug. 15th. Final registration ends Sept. 15th.

Save $100 with code TEXAS2023

Registration types:



Membership should be current at time of registration.



Not affiliated with a current member organization.



Must present valid student ID at check-in.


Code Required

Please use sponsor discount code when registering.

Registration add-ons:



Covers related expenses for spouse/significant other to attend social events & Monday dinner.



Participants receive certificate upon completion. Contact us about our scholarship opportunities.

RSVP required:



No additional cost for full conference registrants. Must choose when registering if you plan to participate.



No additional cost for full conference registrants. Must choose when registering if you plan to participate.

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

Small logo on promotional materials

Complimentary conference registration not offered



Opportunity to set up display table during conference

Mention on conference website, program, and during conference

Medium logo on promotional materials

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