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  • U.S. Dept. of Commerce Announces UTSA Commercialization Centers Among National Awardees Receiving $15M in Grant Funding from Economic Development Administration

    i6 Challenge Grant Recipients

    AUSTIN, November 15, 2016 – On Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Austin City Hall, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, Jay Williams, announced major U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) investments for Texas and other states. Through a collaborative effort, the UTSA Institute for Economic Development’s SBDC Technology Commercialization Center and the UTSA Office of Commercialization Innovation (OCI) were among national awardees of the EDA-sponsored Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) i6 Challenge competition, securing a $500,000 matching grant towards their $ 1 Million project. The national innovation competition awards nonprofits, institutions of higher education, and entrepreneurship-focused organizations to spur innovation capacity-building activities nationwide. Austin City Mayor Steve Adler joined Assistant Secretary Jay Williams for the announcement. The i6 Challenge Grant is a leading national program designed to build globally competitive regions

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  • UTSA and key Mexican partners release preliminary report on impacts of energy reform on the Mexican Economy

    (San Antonio, May 28, 2015) – The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Institute for Economic Development, the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, the Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos, and the Woodrow Wilson Center are set to release a preliminary report to gauge the growth and the effects that the oil and natural gas industry will have for residents and decision makers in Mexico. The report contains a general overview on the Energy Reform, an economic background on oil and natural gas (especially trade between US and México) a state level profile, infrastructure and educational certificates specific to oil and natural gas education. The core study area concentrates on the economic impact on the following Mexican states: Coahuila, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas and Veracruz. “Opportunities for unconventional or shale oil and gas

  • UTSA Institute for Economic Development hosts Small Business Administration Town Hall event May 6

    The UTSA Institute for Economic Development was one of five organizations nationally to be selected as a host for a Small Business Administration (SBA) Town Hall as part of National Small Business Week. The Town Hall will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6 in the Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328) room at the UTSA Downtown Campus. SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, a member of President Obama’s Cabinet, will lead the discussion on “Access to Capital: Fueling the Financial Engine of Small Business Growth” and agency initiatives to address the opportunities and challenges facing entrepreneurs. Former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros and Congressman Lloyd Doggett will also be participating on the panel. “This year, during National Small Business Week, we recommit ourselves to those fearless

  • UTSA Supporting US Companies Seeking to Export Products and Services to Markets in the Emerging Mexican Oil and Gas Sector

    The International Trade Center, a specialty Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute for Economic Development, announced today that it is partnering with the US Commercial Service to hold the US–Mexico Oil and Gas Business Exporting Conference on May 8, 2015. This is a one-day seminar for US exporters -who want to take advantage of the energy reform in Mexico’s oil and gas industry. The Conference will bring together experts from government, business, and academic sectors to discuss the opening markets in Mexico. Experts will show companies in Texas what they can do to position themselves to get in on the ground level of new market opportunities. Topics for this landmark event include: Products and services needed in Mexico’s oil and gas

  • UTSA leading charge to expand and adapt U.S. SBDC model internationally

    This week, The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development is participating in the Summit of the Americas in Panama and releasing a progress report on the Small Business Network of the Americas (SBNA) launched by President Obama for the 2012 Summit. The SBNA was built on UTSA’s existing framework of expanding the SBDC model in Mexico and Central America. SBNA’s vision is to develop the small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) sector and encourage greater trade with our partner countries in this hemisphere. UTSA Associate Vice President for Economic Development Robert McKinley is presenting the SBNA progress report to 500 university Rectors convened at the summit. The report outlines the SBNA initiative, SBDC model adaptation, implementation to-date with participating country results, and business success stories. “Small businesses

  • Texas natural gas grants totaling $53 million generated $128 million in economic impact last year, according to UTSA research

    Texas natural gas grants totaling $53 million generated $128 million in economic impact last year, according to UTSA research For more information, contact Amy Dalrymple UTSA Institute for Economic Development Phone: 210-458-2958 amy.dalrymple@utsa.edu Christi Fish UTSA Office of University Communications & Marketing 210-458-5141 christi.fish@utsa.edu UTSA Institute for Economic Development releases new economic impact study exploring clean energy in the Texas Triangle (San Antonio, Feb. 23, 2015) – The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development released a study today showing that three State grants to support natural gas programs generated $128 million in economic impact, generated $79.1 million in gross state product and supported 927 full-time jobs in 2014. The three grants, totaling $52.9 million, generated that impact by supporting the construction of new natural gas fueling

  • Eagle Ford Shale generated more than $87 billion in economic output for Texas in 2013

    Region supported nearly 155,000 full-time jobs last year (San Antonio, Sept. 23, 2014) – The production of oil and natural gas in the Eagle Ford Shale generated more than $87 billion in total economic output for the state last year, according to a study released today by The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute for Economic Development. UTSA researchers also concluded that shale activity supported almost 155,000 full-time equivalent jobs and provided more than $4.4 billion to local and state governments in 2013. UTSA projects that by 2023 the region will support more than 196,000 jobs and generate more than $137 billion for Texas. These new numbers exceed what was projected in previous studies due to the attraction of new manufacturing projects associated with natural gas and additional

  • Congressman Pete Gallego Attends Small Business Roundtable hosted by the UTSA SBDC

    (May 14, 2014) The UTSA Small Business Development Center, a part of the UTSA Institute for Economic Development, hosted a Small Business Access to Capital Roundtable on May 14, 2014 with Congressman Pete Gallego. Morrison Woods, Director of the UTSA SBDC expressed that, “It was a great opportunity for Congressman Gallego to hear about capital needs and the challenges to obtaining capital directly from small business owners in his Congressional District.” The agenda included an open forum on access to capital, an overview of Small Business Administration lending programs and a lender panel. Lenders include Kenan Pankau, SBA Program Manager with Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union; Elva Adams, Vice President of Banking Business with Wells Fargo Bank; Maitland Rutledge, Jr., Senior Vice President with the Bank of San Antonio; and Joe

  • UTSA SBDCNet Conducted its 70,000th Research Request

    (May 1, 2014) The Small Business Development Center National Information Clearinghouse (SBDCNet) conducted its 70,000th business information request in May. SBDCNet is dedicated to meeting the needs of the 1,100 small business development centers (SBDC) across the United States by providing timely, relevant, web-based information, and training services to SBDC advisors and their clients. Using Web-based subscription services and other databases available through the UTSA Library, SBDCNet researchers can collect data on industry trends, geography and demography, customer profiles, competitive company details, regulations, intellectual property, location suitability and more. Each request consists of several different reports totaling over 350,000 individual reports during the SBDCNet’s history. SBDCNet is headquartered at the University of Texas at San Antonio South West Texas Border SBDC Network. UTSA was selected to host the SBDCNet for

  • UTSA hosts Mexico-U.S. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC) Meeting April 23-25

    (April 16, 2014) The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development will host the first Mexico-U.S. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC) meeting in the United States April 23-25. Established in 2013, MUSEIC was created as a part of the High-Level Economic Dialogue announced by President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña-Nieto to promote bi-national approaches to advance North American competitiveness, trade, and innovation in the entrepreneurial sector. San Antonio was selected as the Council’s first U.S. meeting location to showcase the city’s assets for bi-national entrepreneurship and as an ideal venue to address new development policies and initiatives. “San Antonio is a leading city connecting education, research, innovation and business opportunities between Mexico and the U.S.,” said Ricardo Romo, UTSA President. “It also offers the perfect

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