• Message from the Director on 2021

    We invite you to find ways to participate in our efforts this year as we study the economic challenges facing small communities.

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    Portrait of Art Markman, director of IC² institute
  • 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 Wraps up

    More than 150 community leaders signed up to rethink recovery, take strategic action, and build resilience.

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    Cartoon version of small cities throughout Texas
  • 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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    UT Austin students with Art Markman and Greg Pogue
  • 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.


Jacksboro Mural

From a Crisis, Pivoting to Greater Strength

The city of Jacksboro took action in 2020 to set the stage for modern growth in 2021.

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IC2 Director Art Markman in his office

Director’s Message for 2021 – Looking Forward to the Road Ahead

Looking back at the year's work and continuing research and engagement in 2021 to help rural regions and small communities to thrive.

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Cartoon rendering of images from small towns across Texas

Treating Communities as Startups

The Regional XLR8 program facilitated community leaders acting like entrepreneurs with innovative products.

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Director Art Markman- Silver Linings & IC2 Institute

IC2 Director, Dr. Art Markman, is interviewed about “silver linings” for 2021 and the Institute’s work on Startup Grind –… Read More

Regional XLR8 Ends, But The Work Is Just Beginning

The new accelerator program, Regional XLR8, had its final session last week, but the work is just beginning. Read More

Donaldsonville, Louisiana, wins $2,000 to go toward technology for local high school

The IC2 Institute awards $2,000 to Donaldsonville for having the highest percentage of participation in summer research survey. Read More

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