The IC² Institute

Think Today: Thrive Tomorrow

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


Howard Stern sitting in his studio

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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Governor Cuomo and NY values slide

Crisis Communication: Lessons from NY State

Communicating in a time of crisis is difficult. Gov. Cuomo's communication strategy was effective, and can also work for smaller cities.

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Jonathan Alba and Gregory Pogue standing in front of a mountainous area

Empowering Students to Make a Difference One LinkedIn Headline at a Time

Our goal is to develop leaders that will think differently about economic development and community life.

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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

Home to Texas Stories: Videographer at heart interns at the Basin PBS Station

Meet Peyton Kidd, a Home to Texas student, Odessa native and sophomore in the Radio-Television-Film Department. Read More

We Are Texas: Supporting Community Economic Recovery

IC² is working with 83 communities this summer to support community and economic recovery efforts. Read More

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