IC2 INSTITUTE UPDATES

IC2 INSTITUTE UPDATES

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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Back to the Future, Returning to NWA

I remember driving through Northwest Arkansas (NWA) as a kid to vacation in Bella Vista. Our family drove through piney woods, gentle green hills, flowing streams and a string of small communities. The topography and colors in the summer and fall were a stark contrast to the flat, hot, and brown dominating northern Texas. I … Read More

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McAllen, Texas, welcomes HTT

My city of McAllen, Texas, is typically a couple plane rides—or a long drive—from the campus of The University of Texas at Austin and the roar of the stadium. But Longhorn spirit is alive and well here. This past spring I helped organize an internship program to bring UT Austin students who grew up in … Read More

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Complex Questions

How can rural areas in Texas move from dependence upon a single industry or employer to broad-based and sustainable economic growth? Is it by incentivizing big-city companies to set up satellite offices in small towns? By supporting local entrepreneurs to build up economic assets, or by recruiting young immigrant workers and families? The answers to … Read More

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Learning Through Experience

How many guest speakers have you met? How many changed a part of your life? The decisions that we make to contact guest speakers can be consequential. I was lucky enough to have that chance when Debra, the director of operations at IC², walked into my Monday evening class to discuss an internship at the … Read More

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Back to Brenham

I am truly blown away by the generosity and acceptance that has been extended to me by Seidel Schroeder and by Brenham as a whole. Every person I have met since joining the Home to Texas program has shown ample support and care, along with passion for the community that they live in. In the … Read More

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Coworking Spaces and the Future of Work

Americans are in the midst of an epic defining remake of the labor force. No greater evidence of this exists than in what economists call the shift from the standard workforce to the nonstandard workforce. This is a reference to the increasing number of individuals who are self-employed or who work, for example, as freelancers, … Read More

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Home to Amarillo

Amarillo is home to the historic Route 66, the infamous Big Texan Steak House, but more importantly a community of people looking to better their city for the coming generations. Coming back to Amarillo as a student on the cusp of adulthood has allowed me to see this community for all that its worth, which … Read More

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