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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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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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