• Home to Texas Community Celebrations!

    Community celebrations for Home to Texas kick off this week across the state!

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  • Student-Powered

    Engaging Students to Think About Small Communities by Dr. Woodley (UTPB) & Dr. Markman (UT)

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  • Regional Economic Recovery Research

    Analysis & findings from IC² & BBR research on Texas communities, by theme.

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  • March Economic Madness '21 Awards Lufkin

    First ever TEXAS inter-collegiate student challenge focused on issues facing smaller & remote communities.

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  • The State of the State of Texas

    What does the pandemic really look like in the state of Texas? Download the report.

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  • We Are Texas

    IC² is working with 83 communities to support community and economic recovery efforts from the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.

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  • Regional Studies: Northwest Arkansas

    Understanding the region's opportunities and developing targeted interventions to create a nationally distinctive strategy.

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COVID-19 crisis: How IC² will help Texas communities

Developing regional economic recovery strategies in the wake of the pandemic impact.

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Bureau of Business Research

BBR provides communities & policymakers with evidence-based socio-economic research for a stronger and more resilient Texas.

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Home to Texas

The Home to Texas program provides undergraduates with paid internships in Texas communities outside of our urban corridors.

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The IC² Institute’s mission is to better understand and catalyze communities outside major urban areas to become more collaborative and resilient through a human-centered approach.


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What does economic development look like in rural Texas?

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Ports-to-Plains: A Win-Win Solution for Urban and Rural Texas

What a new interstate highway through Texas would mean for rural communities and urban areas.

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Regional XLR8 Program Continues to Generate Excitement among Community Leaders

Regional XLR8 participants express interest in sharing insights and maintaining the network established in the program.

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News & Events


UT program brings students ‘Home to Texas’

By Gary Long – The Brownsville Herald Courtesy: UT Austin Five University of Texas at Austin students from Brownsville are among… Read More

Small-biz.XLR8 Launches Its First Cohort – Training, Mentorship and Collaboration

We have been planning for months. Companies have been lining up to participate. Anticipation has been building. And… Read More

UT Austin and UT Permian Basin Join Forces to XLR8 Small West Texas Business Success

Eligible companies can sign up at smallbizxlr8.com by April 29 to receive support from the program! Read More

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