(Jan. 21, 2010)--The UTSA Institute for Economic Development (IED) was awarded a two-year $700,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration. The grant will fund a new Sustainable Business Program that will assist South Texas businesses with comprehensive emergency preparedness and sustainable business development.
Targeted areas include Bexar, Nueces, San Patricio, Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy counties. The major components of the sustainable business model are effective disaster preparedness, efficient business operations and reduced environmental impacts.
"Our goal is to bring small businesses into the emerging green economy and provide technical assistance to ensure their success," said Linda Ramirez, director of the Institute for Economic Development's Contracting Resource Center, which will house the new program.
In addition to the Contracting Resource Center, two other IED centers will contribute expertise to the Sustainable Business Program. These are the Center for Community and Business Research and the Southwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center. As part of the grant, UTSA students from the College of Engineering and the College of Architecture will work to help local manufacturers improve energy use efficiencies.
"A sustainable business is a more competitive business in terms of survivability through a disaster in the worst case and in terms of becoming more efficient and profitable in the best case," said Robert McKinley, UTSA associate vice president for economic development. "Environmentally friendly business practices can be an advantage, and that is one way we can help South Texas businesses grow."
The University of Texas at San Antonio's Institute for Economic Development provides professional business consultation, technical training, research and strategic planning services to help establish and grow small businesses.
The institute comprises 10 programs that serve the Texas-Mexico border area as well as regional, national and international outreach efforts. Together with federal, state and local governments and private businesses, the Institute for Economic Development fosters economic and community development in support of UTSA's community engagement mission.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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