The name of the economic development game in Galveston County is innovation, local leaders said on Tuesday.

Preparing for wholesale changes to how the world, national and local economies operate over the next few years was the topic of discussion at the Galveston Economic Development Partnership’s seventh annual economic development summit, held Tuesday at Texas A&M University at Galveston.

The summit featured local political, business and education leaders talking about what direction they see the city and county heading, and what they can do to prepare the island and the region for the coming changes.

In many ways, the summit’s discussions focused on handling the unknown.

“I see a county in transition, I see a region in transition,” said Dane Carlson, Galveston County’s recently hired director of economic development. “The opportunity here is to embrace that change and to recognize that we are unique here in Galveston, but also part of the economic power of Houston.”

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