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  • The State of the State of Texas

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

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  • Regional XLR8 Program Begins

    More than 130 community leaders signed up to rethink recovery, take strategic action, and build resilience.

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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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  • Home to Texas Student Internships

    35 UT Austin students started internships with local employers in small and remote communities.

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


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Looking for Answers Post-COVID

The pandemic has provided these cities opportunity to see the future with a new lens and engage advanced strategies.

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Research-Driven Growth for Texans

We are determined to use the data we collected to help citizens and leaders plan.

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The Howard Stern Principle of Communication

The Howard Stern Show highlighted its staff and created a more meaningful connection with the show's audience.

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142 Community Leaders Join Regional XLR8

57 communities signed up from all over Texas and southern Louisiana to rethink recovery, plan strategic action, and build resilience. Read More

The IC2 Institute is proud to announce the winner of the $1,000 Regional Economic Recovery survey competition

80 communities in Texas participated and were eligible to win. Read More

Spotlight on 3 Small Louisiana Communities

These communities are in an area of Louisiana that needs alternatives to life and jobs tied to the petro-chemical industry. Read More

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