IC² Best Practices Series

The IC2 Best Practices Series shares insights from experts in community and economic development. Hear from a wide range of interviewees—from entrepreneurs, professors, philanthropists, and community leaders—as they discuss their experiences and ideas on economic development in the areas of workforce, broadband, education, health, media, and more.

IC2 is committed to our mission to better understand and support remote and rural communities across Texas, U.S., and beyond. We partner and collaborate with experts and practitioners across sectors plus catalyze faculty research at the University of Texas focused on economic recovery and regional collaboration. Learn more about our recent efforts including Regional Economic Recovery Initiative, Home to Texas, and the Regional XLR8.

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Broadband as a Utility – Roundtable Discussion

Dr. Art Markman of the IC² Institute in conversation with Dr. Sharon Strover, Professor Sherri Greenberg, and Dr. Kenneth Flamm on broadband as a utility in Texas. The IC2 Best Practices Video Library shares insights from experts in community development. Hear...

The Role, Reality, and Future of Rural Journalism – Roundtable Discussion

Dr. Art Markman of the IC² Institute in conversation with Dr. Kathleen McElroy, Dr. Joe Straubhaar, and Dr. Wenhong Chen of the School of Journalism and Media at the Moody College of Communication on rural media and journalism in Texas. The IC2 Best Practices Video...

Ellen Ray – The Future of Rural Texas

Ellen Ray, Executive Director of the Still Water Foundation and Board President of Texas Rural Funders, shares her work on the front lines of creating positive change for rural Texas in conversation with Riffat Manasia of the Institute. Links from Ellen’s...

Dr. Craig Watkins – Incubators, Coworking, and Maker Spaces

Dr. Craig Watkins, Professor at the Moody College of Communication, shares how communities outside urban areas can benefit from co-working in conversation with Riffat Manasia of the IC² Institute. The IC2 Best Practices Video Library shares insights from experts in...

Joseph Kopser – Being a Catalyst: Networks and Connections

Joseph Kopser, a veteran, entrepreneur, and strategist, shares how to become a catalyst for change in your community in conversation with Riffat Manasia of the IC² Institute. Learn more about Joseph’s work and his recently released book, Catalyst, at...