(March 25, 2010)--The UTSA Institute for Economic Development (IED) has been awarded a three-year, $780,000 grant from the North American Development Bank (NADBank) and the Community Adjustment and Investment Program (CAIP) to create sustainable new jobs and expand and diversify local economies in major Texas border communities.
The funds will support research and assistance to local governments, rural areas, communities and businesses on which there has been a direct or indirect impact by NAFTA (North America Free Trade Agreement). Targeted areas include communities in the Rio Grande Valley within Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy counties; the Del Rio area in Val Verde County; the Laredo area in Webb County and El Paso.
"Many communities across South Texas are experiencing a declining tax base, lack of small-business development and population flight due to lack of jobs," said Al Salgado, director of the South-West Border SBDC Network. "This project is designed to assist rural communities that must grow their own business base because they are not positioned to attract major manufacturers and research projects with state incentive funds, as do the larger cities."
In addition to the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network, other institute centers will contribute expertise. These include the Rural Business Program, Center for Community and Business Research, International Trade Center, Southwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, SBDC National Information Clearinghouse and six SBDC Network centers in the targeted counties. This project is a partnership with the U.S. Treasury Department.
For more information, contact Lynn Gosnell at 210-458-2958.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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