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BBR Director’s 2021 Message

Remaining Research-driven for the Road Ahead

A new Legislative session, a new vaccine-fueled front in the fight against COVID, and a new presidential administration. Texas businesses start the new year struggling to remain competitive in a challenging set of circumstances. Despite the turmoil in our nation’s capital related to the uprising of January 6, Texans are playing their part in building a more inclusive and equitable nation based on opportunity and investment in future prosperity.

We at the BBR are playing our part, as well. We start the new year by focusing on economic development in rural and small-town Texas, with findings from an innovative survey of rural residents around their priorities for change, renewal, and growth. We continue research initiatives to combat human trafficking in vulnerable supply chains, and we are leveraging partnerships with researchers and policymakers who are working on ways of quantifying the myriad impacts of sexual assault on the Texas economy. And we are excited this year to wrap up a project that will highlight ways that minority-owned firms can participate in HUB programs more effectively and efficiently.

Texas businesses, of whatever size or circumstance, remain as resilient as ever. The Bureau’s research in 2021, I hope, will contribute to enhancing that resiliency in the face of unprecedented economic conditions.

Dr. Bruce Kellison, Director

BBR, IC2 Institute at the University of Texas at Austin

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