The IC² Institute

Sustainable development. Fully employed.

  • Student Challenge

    Form your team, select a community, and submit your application to compete for cash prizes and glory!

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  • What is the IC² Institute?

    We challenged one of our great student workers to give a view of the institute and this video captures his assessment.

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  • NW Arkansas regional roadmap published!

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

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  • Q&A with Executive Director, Art Markman

    "This was an opportunity for IC² to return to its roots and begin to think about hard problems in economic development broadly."

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  • Daily Texan covers Home to Texas program

    The program motivates students to contribute to their hometown economy after they graduate...

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  • Home to Texas

    The new Home to Texas program will provide undergraduates with paid internships at companies in rural and remote regions.

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  • Town and Country

    Read the new Texas Connect article on the IC² Institute’s focus on economic growth in small towns and rural areas across Texas.

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Rural Entrepreneurship

IC² is breaking new ground in understanding the challenges of rural and remote communities.

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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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Faculty Grants

IC² is supporting research by UT Austin faculty on innovation in rural and small city environments.

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The IC² Institute researches sustainable development outside of urban corridors and develops evidence-based programs to help communities thrive.


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Rural Melodies: part 1

What stories can music tell us about life in rural areas? This blog post looks at Fred Eaglesmith's songs.

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Student perspectives video: IC² institute

A video about the IC² Institute through the eyes of one of our great student workers.

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Woman on a farm

Why don’t you share what you know?

Access to better information could help farmers make better agricultural decisions.

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Student Challenge Competition

FAC, Blackstone LaunchPad space on first floor

Watch the top ten teams pitch their solutions to the judges in the first IC² student challenge!



IC² begins study to examine regional identity in West Texas

The goal is for communities to increase their economic, environmental and social resilience based on their unique identity and goals. Read More

Northwest Arkansas EDGE Report is out: Innovate Again, Innovate Here!

What if you could solve the most common question in the US? What are we doing for dinner? Read More

Community identity research in Cuenca, Ecuador

In 4 days the team conducted 30+ interviews, presented findings, taught a class, and hosted a workshop where citizens envisioned the future. Read More

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