(July 17, 2018) – The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute for Economic Development is holding its 9th annual Texas Rural Challenge conference this week in New Braunfels, Texas. This year’s conference theme, “Forging Our Future,” focuses on trending themes among today’s rural communities including technology, trade and regionalism. The conference also promotes best practices and offers collaborative opportunities to spur ideas and professional relationships that can help Texas rural communities thrive.
Keynote speakers include Texas Secretary of State Rolando B. Pablos, TV personality Chet Garner of The Daytripper and industry experts representing the Governor’s Office, U.S. Economic Development Administration, Texas Workforce Commission, Councils of Government, VTX1 Companies, higher education and more.
Notably, Texas Strong, a featured competition of the conference, will test how effectively entrepreneurs are able to fast-pitch their businesses. Texas Small Business Development Center (SBDC) clients who have developed innovative products or services to benefit rural communities will vie for cash awards of up to $5,000 to support their business endeavors.
“Texas Strong opened my eyes to all the amazing things happening in our rural communities and made me proud to be from a rural community,” said Robert Likarish, 2016 Texas Strong first place winner and CEO of Ironroot Republic Distillery.
Texas is comprised of 254 counties, including 177 that are considered rural and have a population less than 50,000.
“Rural communities account for more than half the State of Texas. With the immense growth that the Texas Rural Challenge has experienced over the years, we invite interested local, state, and federal partners, rural community leaders and the general public to get involved in a conference that caters specifically to Texas rural communities,” said Albert Salgado, executive director of the UTSA South-West Texas Border SBDC Network.
Year after year, the Texas Rural Challenge has connected community leaders and agency representatives, leading to professional relationships that have created prosperous opportunities for development and growth in rural Texas.
“This conference will give communities the ability to consider successful policy tools and other elements available in the context of regional economic development. One way to develop a successful strategy is to hear and assess policies based on their potential contribution to economic growth and consider choices that will work in individual communities,” said Bob Velasquez, director of the Southwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center.
“The Texas Rural Challenge conference is an outstanding event and a real showcase for the economic vitality and strength of rural communities. The innovation and resilience we see in rural small businesses in Texas is a real beacon for SBDC efforts nationwide. Thanks to UTSA and the South-West Texas Border SBDC Region for their leadership in this effort to energize rural entrepreneurship,” said Tee Rowe, America’s SBDC president.
Learn more about the Texas Rural Challenge.
Learn more about the SBDC Rural Business Program.
UTSA faculty, staff and students are invited to attend six open forum events featuring the three finalist candidates for vice president for the Office of University Relations.Main Campus and Downtown Campus
The UTSA faculty, staff, and students are invited to this free event to learn about the importance of wellbeing, early detection, health maintenance, stress reduction, and staying fit!Student Union, Paseo Principal, Main Campus
Representatives from schools across the state and country will be on hand to meet with prospective students and discuss admissions requirements, funding opportunities and details regarding program offerings. Each of UTSA’s colleges will have representatives available.Student Union, 1st and 2nd Floors, Main Campus
Antonio Petrov, founder of the Urban Future Lab at UTSA, will discuss how the future of mobility can transform the city as an invited panelist in this San Antonio Startup Week discussion. Admission is free and open to the public.Frost Tower, 1st Floor, 111 W. Houston St., San Antonio
Documentary featuring testimonials from the athletes at the center of the story. For over two decades, Dr. Larry Nassar sexually abused countless female athletes as a physician for the U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics team and Michigan State University. Now it’s his victims turn to speak. The film contains details of sexual abuse some may find disturbing. Sensitive viewers be advised.Student Union, Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
Members of the university community are invited to stop by and learn about the unit’s work.Transfer and Transition Student Success Services office (MS 3.02.10), Main Campus
UTSA's men's and women's basketball programs will host students in this annual event, an unofficial kickoff to the 2019–2020 season. The event will feature free pizza and T-shirt giveaways, competition with the student-athletes and comments from coaches Steve Henson and Kristen Holt.Recreation Wellness Center, Main Campus
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