(May 30, 2012) -- The UTSA Institute for Economic Development (IED) will host the third annual Texas Rural Challenge on June 13-14 at the Embassy Suites Conference Center, 1001 McCarty Lane, San Marcos, Texas, 78666. The statewide conference will help rural Texas communities build sustainable economies. (View the tentative agenda.)
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 Center for Rural Entrepreneurship.
Thomas Tunstall, director of the UTSA Center for Community and Business Research, will discuss the economic impact of the Eagle Ford Shale. The conference also will feature speakers from throughout the state including political leaders such as Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade, industry representatives, rural development experts, economists, thriving entrepreneurs, business leaders and others.
Attendees can choose from workshops on new-market development, resource development and sustainability development. Additionally, the conference will provide an exceptional networking opportunity.
As part of the UTSA Institute for Economic Development, the UTSA Rural Business Program is focused on rural development. The program provides 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 researchers are exploring matter at the atomic level with Helenita. It's one of the most powerful microscopes in the world, with the ability to operate near the theoretical limit of resolution. At 9 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing more than two tons, Helenita can dissect almost anything. With Helenita's resolution, researchers can study particles atom by atom to see how they behave.
That's critical in developing nanotechnology that will help diagnosis early-stage breast cancer or make helmets that are uber strong. Moreover, the detail that Helenita provides will allow nanotechnology researchers to create new therapies and treatments to fight a wide range of human diseases.
Did you know? Helenita can magnify a sample 20 million times its size, which would make a strand of human hair the size of San Antonio.
Join AIA San Antonio’s Women in Architecture group for their networking and happy hour event, where all design professionals are welcome.
Liberty Bar, 1111 S. Alamo St.
This documentary, presented by the San Antonio Film Festival, documents the experience of re-entry after incarceration. The film features Michael Gilbert, associate professor in the department of criminal justice and director of the Office of Community and Restorative Justice program at UTSA.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle
Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd.
This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.
Victor Cyrus, Jr will see his first book of poetry published this fall
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