(May 24, 2014) -- Gov. Rick Perry has appointed UTSA Associate Vice President for Economic Development Robert McKinley to serve as a member of the Office of Small Business Assistance Advisory Task Force.
The task force advises and assists the Office of Small Business Assistance, governor, lieutenant governor and speaker with issues that relate to small businesses, and provides information in plain language to the public on issues related to small businesses.
Since 2003, McKinley has led the UTSA Institute for Economic Development with a portfolio of a dozen centers and programs that provide business training, consulting and research to more than 38,000 clients annually across the South Texas border region.
In 2013, the institute's client services generated more than 4,100 new jobs, 523 start-ups and 519 business expansions, generating increased revenues and financing exceeding $1.6 billion. The institute's International Trade Center generated $439 million in trade last year for area small businesses, leveraging the new Latin American SBDC networks as distribution channels.
"The institute is a recognized leader in U.S. small-business development, and we continue to share our knowledge and best practices with partners across the globe," said McKinley. "For more than a decade, UTSA has led the expansion of the Small Business Development Center program as a part of President Obama's Small Business Network of the America's initiative. As one of the U.S.'s closest trading partners, Mexico was UTSA's first partner in the SBDC expansion program, and since 2003, they have grown from one pilot SBDC to more than 117 in 2013."
McKinley is a member of the U.S.-Mexico Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council and the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation Strategic Task Force. He also serves as a board member of the Associación de Empresarios Mexicanos.
Additionally, McKinley is the past national board chairman of America's Small Business Development Centers, past chairman of the City of San Antonio Small Business Advisory Committee and a past board member of the Texas Business Incubation Association.
He received a Bachelor of Science in Community Development degree from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Public Administration degree from The University of Texas at San Antonio.
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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