According to Texas A&M Today, the Mosbacher Institute at Texas A&M University hosted the 2023 ConocoPhillips White House Lecture featuring Henry Cisneros, the 10th U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and the former mayor of San Antonio, to discuss the critical role of modernized infrastructure. The ConocoPhillips White House Lecture Series brings to public attention the various White House and Executive Branch offices that provide policy, administrative and overall support to the president.
Cisneros spoke about the ways in which infrastructure influences economic growth and national security, emphasizing that this policy issue is at the heart of some of the most essential elements of American dynamics. Not only does infrastructure foster economic productivity and competition in the United States by generating new jobs and technological innovation, but it also contributes to the security of U.S. trade and strategic assets worldwide. In discussing historical commitments to infrastructure, Secretary Cisneros illustrated how infrastructure affects national pride and confidence, as it can represent either a sense of visible decline or visible progress.