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UTSA Institute for Economic Development reports $1.6 billion in economic impact

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(Feb. 13, 2014) -- Clients of The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development generated $1.6 billion in business growth during fiscal year 2013 including $1.26 billion in increased sales, contracts and exports and $350 million in new capital. It's the second consecutive year the institute and its clients have exceeded the $1 billion threshold.

>> View the institute's 2013 annual report.

The UTSA Institute for Economic Development provides professional business advising, training, research and strategic planning services to entrepreneurs, business owners and community leaders. The Institute primarily serves San Antonio and the Texas-Mexico border area as well as national and international stakeholders, fostering economic development in support of UTSA's community engagement mission.

During fiscal year 2013, the UTSA Institute for Economic Development:

  • Served 36,115 business and community clients including 23,008 training participants
  • Assisted with 8,328 consulting cases and 9,132 research hours
  • Helped launch 523 new businesses
  • Helped expand 519 existing businesses
  • Supported the creation of 4,176 new jobs and the retention of 5,528 jobs

The small business client growth of the institute's clients is indicative of Texas' strength as a leader in the nation's economic recovery. During fiscal year 2013, the IED also partnered with industry and government to conduct research and develop programs to meet business and economic opportunities.

Highlights included:

  • Conducting an economic impact study of the Eagle Ford shale oil and natural gas play. The institute found that the region generated $61 billion in economic impact and supported more than 116,000 regional jobs in 2012. The Eagle Ford shale is now the largest oil and gas play in the world.
  • Conducting an economic impact study on the oil and natural gas play in a 16-county region of West Texas, the institute found that the area generated a total economic impact of more than $14.5 billion and supported 21,450 full-time jobs for workers in oil and gas, drilling, support operations, pipeline construction, refineries and petrochemicals in 2012.
  • Implementation of municipal capacity building programs and training sessions to assist communities impacted by Eagle Ford shale related growth.
  • Expanding small business trade domestically with the National Export initiative and internationally with the Small Business Network of the Americas initiative to help build the Small Business Development Center network's trade and development partners in 15 countries to date as partners in trade and development.

"Small businesses add up to big growth, and UTSA is committed to providing advising, training and research with high-impact results," said Robert McKinley, UTSA associate vice president for economic development.

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About the IED

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute for Economic Development is dedicated to creating jobs, growing businesses and fostering economic development. Its 12 centers and programs provide professional business advising, technical training, research, and strategic planning for entrepreneurs, business owners and community leaders.

Its programs serve San Antonio and the Texas-Mexico border area as well as regional, national and international stakeholders. Together with federal, state and local governments, and private businesses, the UTSA Institute for Economic Development fosters economic and community development in support of UTSA's community engagement mission.

About The University of Texas at San Antonio

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is an emerging Tier One research institution specializing in health, energy, security, sustainability, and human and social development. With nearly 29,000 students, it is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region. UTSA advances knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service.

The university embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property -- for Texas, the nation and the world.

 

 

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UTSA makes the grade with a strong core curriculum

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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