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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, passing through the center of town, flanked on either side by Main Street. … Read More

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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 Eaglesmith. From a large family and raised in rural southern Ontario, Eaglesmith’s songs … Read More

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Student perspectives video: IC² institute

We challenged one of our great student workers to give a view of the institute and this video captures his assessment. William Cantu was an IC² undergraduate research assistant throughout the fall 2019 semester and recently graduated with a BA from the UT Austin HD… Read More

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Why don’t you share what you know?

Understanding barriers to information diffusion among farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa More than two billion people live in smallholder farm households around the world. Many of these people are extremely poor and food insecure (FAO, 2015). Low adoption of modern agricultural technologies -such as improved seeds or fertilizers- is considered one of the reasons why agricultural … Read More

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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. Second, media as an important venue for the entrepreneurial ecosystem has been frequently mentioned but … Read More

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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 that the IC2 Institute has been doing on small and overlooked communities … Read More

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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 since my PhD dissertation was entirely quantitative. Now, it is time to … Read More

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Rural Innovation Incubator (RI²)

Natural resources dictate many aspects of an area’s development, and Texas is no exception. As of January 2018, 29 petroleum refineries in Texas were able to process more than 5.7 million barrels of crude oil per day. Texas oil generated $30 million a day in state revenue in 2018. Due to such a large scale … Read More

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Innovation Blueprint: Entrepreneurship in TX

Texas is at the epicenter of growth and change in the U.S. Today, large Texas cities are leading the way in growth and innovation. With their creative and innovative ecosystems, the metro areas of Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin attracted more than 90,000 new residents between 2016 and 2017, and generated more than … Read More

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Rural Broadband and Entrepreneurship

Several years ago, I met with many local economic development people throughout various Texas towns. They all said, “I want this town to be attractive enough for my kids to come back here when they want to raise their families.” That was not going to happen without better connections to the world, specifically –without broadband … Read More

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