“I would like to thank Shell for the confidence they have in the UTSA Rural Business Program - College of Public Policy Municipal Training Partnership,” said Gil Gonzalez, Rural Business Program Director. “This model partnership will allow municipalities in the Eagle Ford Shale region to more effectively manage and support current and future development needs, increase economic prosperity and improve the quality of life for citizens living in those communities.”
The training will consist of monthly Lunch and Learn sessions as well as the municipal training program. The Lunch and Learn workshops will be separated into three tracks and based on the existing teaching model of the UTSA IED Small Business Development Center Network, which offers small business workshops on topics such as Business Essentials, Business Planning, Government Contracting, Marketing and QuickBooks with specialty programs for Minority Businesses, Women-Owned Small Business and Veterans.
The municipal training will focus on topics such as municipal structures, regional planning, social capacity, land use planning, building and leveraging resources, and trends and leadership.
The first Municipal Training Program will start in March 2013 and focus on the rural communities in close proximity to Shell’s Eagle Ford operations. UTSA is currently planning additional Municipal Training sessions after the first program is complete.