The IC² Institute

Sustainable development. Fully employed.

  • 2020 IC² Student Challenge

    The first annual Student Challenge winning teams are announced!

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  • George Kozmetsky Memorial Prize

    The George Kozmetsky Memorial Student Challenge Prize will be awarded to 3 student teams.

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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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  • 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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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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First annual Student Challenge held online. Winners announced.

Ten student teams competed using Zoom to present their community recommendations to a panel of judges. Four teams won cash awards. Read More

George Kozmetsky Memorial Student Challenge Prize

The prize will be awarded to three student teams. Read More

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

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