Research-Driven Growth for Texans

Research-Driven Growth for Texans

The IC² Institute |  The University of Texas at Austin  In August, IC² Institute researchers found ourselves in need of data on the current state of the economic challenges and opportunities throughout Texas, in order to provide the larger economic context... Read More
Looking for Answers Post-COVID

Looking for Answers Post-COVID

Lately I have been asking myself some big questions: Are we looking at the single greatest event of wealth and power redistribution in U.S. history?  Will the pandemic expand the gap between the wealthy and the once-middle class? Will workers who have lost jobs... Read More
Solidarity shapes an uncertain future

Solidarity shapes an uncertain future

Communities that depend heavily on tourism, like Marfa, Texas, are reeling from the effects of COVID-19. How will resilient communities find creative ways to weather the current crisis? Freight trains rumble through the far west Texas town of Marfa throughout the day,... Read More
Rural Melodies: part 1

Rural Melodies: part 1

Rural areas and isolated towns in North America have struggled in the past 75 years. Music from those areas often have themes of struggling farms, loss of population, and lonely elderly residents. One artist whose early songs exemplified these difficulties was Fred... Read More
Bloom or Gloom in the Media Wilderness?

Bloom or Gloom in the Media Wilderness?

Two areas of entrepreneurial ecosystem research call for urgent attention. First, most research has been largely urban-centric, in spite of the structural urban and rural differences in terms of scale, scope, size, and the urgent need for rural economic development.... Read More
Collaboration in Rural Communities

Collaboration in Rural Communities

In September, I gave the keynote talk at the Radically Rural Summit in Keene, NH. The program brought together people from rural areas interested in economic development, journalism, and community revitalization. It was the first chance to unveil some of the new work... Read More
Lineage–the Yangs

Lineage–the Yangs

Like many quantitative researchers, I prefer crunching numbers over talking to people. But, the director of my PhD program was an outstanding qualitative scholar and her methodology course was among the best courses I took.  I have always felt I owe her something... Read More