A model partnership, Shell and UTSA collaborate to support Eagle Ford growth

Shell and the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) announce they have joined forces to create new opportunities for the Carrizo Springs community by establishing an Eagle Ford Shale municipal training and project series. With more anticipated growth on the horizon, Shell and UTSA are partnering to promote business growth and sustainability by helping communities and small business owners prepare for future needs, as well as identify potential opportunities.

“In working collaboratively with our neighbors and academia, we aim to develop new and innovative pathways for continuing the growth of Carrizo Springs community that will benefit generations for many years to come,” said Jan Sherman, Shell General Manager South Texas. “Shell is focused not only on the business, but the people who make our business possible. This is just one way we can say thank you to our neighbors.”

The UTSA Institute for Economic Development (IED) Rural Business Program and UTSA College of Public Policy is conducting the training and project series targeting community leaders, elected officials, local government employees and small business owners. The program is focused on enhancing basic knowledge, skills, and resources in order to significantly upgrade both structural and substantive capacity in these rural communities, while also identifying their needs and developing projects/plans to address them.

 

“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.

UTSA Institute for Economic Development
501 West César E. Chávez Boulevard
San Antonio, Texas 78207-4415
P: 210.458.2020
F: 210.458.2425

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