The IC² Institute

Sustainable development. Fully employed.

  • 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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  • Student Challenge

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

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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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Why don’t you share what you know?

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

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Bloom or Gloom in the Media Wilderness?

Media can serve as an integral part of entrepreneurial ecosystems.

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Collaboration in Rural Communities

When we talk about collaboration, it applies both within and across towns.

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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

IC² at Boise Startup Week

Boise has made notable progress as an innovation community. It is full of people with “can do” attitudes who are committed to the region. Read More

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