• Message to fellow Texans post-storm

    IC² message to communities and network across Texas following the severe winter storm last week.

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  • Message from the Director on 2021

    We invite you to find ways to participate in our efforts this year as we study the economic challenges facing small communities.

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  • March Economic Madness 2021

    First ever TEXAS inter-collegiate student challenge focused on issues facing smaller & remote communities.

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  • Regional XLR8 Program Wraps up

    More than 150 community leaders signed up to rethink recovery, take strategic action, and build resilience.

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  • The State of the State of Texas

    What does the pandemic really look like in the state of Texas? Download the report.

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  • 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
  • Regional Studies: Northwest Arkansas

    Understanding the region's opportunities and developing targeted interventions to create a nationally distinctive strategy.

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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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Bureau of Business Research

BBR provides communities & policymakers with evidence-based socio-economic research for a stronger and more resilient Texas.

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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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The IC² Institute’s mission is to better understand and catalyze communities outside major urban areas to become more collaborative and resilient through a human-centered approach.


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BBR Research on Travis County, Enhancing Minority Participation

The Bureau of Business Research investigated resources, training, and best practices for historically underutilized businesses.

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Bridge Fest and More: How Rio Hondo is Showing Off its Charm

The citizens of tiny Rio Hondo are coming together to celebrate and affirm their friendly small town.

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Addressing Cyclical Unemployment in the Oil Industry

The Rural Innovation Incubator, RI², is creating a path toward consistent livable wages for oil and gas industry workers.

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News & Events


IC² Message to fellow Texans & communities following severe winter storm

To the IC² community, First and foremost, I hope that you, your loved ones, and community are safe after the dangerous storms of last week. Read More

Director Art Markman- Silver Linings & IC2 Institute

IC2 Director, Dr. Art Markman, is interviewed about “silver linings” for 2021 and the Institute’s work on Startup Grind –… Read More

Regional XLR8 ends but the work is just beginning

The new accelerator program, Regional XLR8, had its final session last week, but the work is just beginning. Read More

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