San Antonio.- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute for Economic Development will host the third annualTexas Rural Challenge on June 13-14 in San Marcosat the Embassy Suites Conference Center. Click on the headline for all the info!
The statewide, two-day conference will help rural Texas communities build sustainable economies. See a tentative agenda at bit.ly/Liaowo.
The conference is sponsored by the Rural Business Program at the UTSA Institute for Economic Development in partnership with the Office of the Governor and the Texas Economic Development Council.
Many rural communities in Texas are experiencing job and population losses, as well as diminishing industries, hurting local economies. The conference will help rural leaders better understand the tools that are available to help them address these issues and build sustainable economies in their communities. Additionally, attendees can share ideas, insights and solutions.
Brian Dabson, a leading rural development expert, will keynote the conference. Dabson is a research professor and director of the Rural Futures Lab at the University of Missouri. His current interests include the economic drivers that will shape the future of rural America, the strategic necessity of regional collaboration and the vital importance of social inclusion. He is the board chair of the Rural Policy Research Institute’s Center for Rural Entrepreneurship.
Thomas Tunstall, director of the UTSA Center for Community & Business Research, will discuss the economic impact of the Eagle Ford Shale.
The conference will also feature speakers from throughout the state including political leaders such as Texas Secretary of StateHope Andrade, industry representatives, rural development experts, economists, thriving entrepreneurs, business leaders and others.
Attendees may choose from workshops on new market development, resource development and sustainability development. Additionally, the conference will provide an exceptional networking opportunity.
The UTSA Rural Business Program is focused on rural development at the UTSA Institute for Economic Development. The program aims to provide technical assistance, training, advisory services, research, strategic planning, business and resource development to small and medium-sized businesses, economic development corporations, communities and local governments. The program offers client-targeted and customized services designed to meet their needs, drawing from a full spectrum of resources and capabilities from the IED.
UTSA is one of nine academic universities and six health institutions in the UT System. As a multicultural institution, UTSA aims to be a national research university providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
UTSA serves nearly 31,000 students in 135 degree programs in the colleges of Architecture, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts, Public Policy, Sciences and Graduate School. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative resource center and a socioeconomic development catalyst for Texas and beyond. For more information, visitwww.utsa.edu/today.
Christi Fish is the Director of Communications for the University of Texas at San Antonio.