• The State of the State of Texas

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

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  • Regional XLR8 Program Begins

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

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


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New Housing for Sweetwater: A Practical Approach

Miesha Adames, Regional XLR8 participant, shares how Sweetwater took a step to ready for population growth.

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BBR Research on Minority-Owned Firms, Small Cities in Texas

Bruce Kellison, Director of the Bureau of Business Research, writes about BBR research on minority-owned firms and small Texas cities.

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Answered: “What is my EDC doing for me?”

Rush Harris, Executive Director of the Marshall Economic Development Corporation, advocates for communication between EDCs and communities.

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Donaldsonville, Louisiana, wins $2,000 to go toward technology for local high school

The IC2 Institute awards $2,000 to Donaldsonville for having the highest percentage of participation in summer research survey. Read More

George Kozmetsky Memorial Student Challenge Winners Announced

Ten finalist teams delivered live presentations on Zoom. Three teams won cash prizes totaling $15,000. Read More

BBR Wins NSF Award for Labor Trafficking and Exploitation Study

Day laborers and low-skilled workers are vulnerable to exploitation. BBR will investigate interventions. Read More

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