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Our Impact

Our Impact

Building an Economy for the Future

In 2019, the Institute for Economic Development at The University of Texas at San Antonio celebrated its 40th anniversary, alongside UTSA commemorating its 50th. Both the Institute and the University have made important contributions to San Antonio, to Texas, and to the nation. From its modest beginnings four decades ago, the Institute has grown into a public service enterprise that contributed $2.7 billion in economic activity in 2019. Our focus remains on “Building the Economy One Business at a Time.”

As an integral part of UTSA’s Research, Economic Development, and Knowledge Enterprise (REDKE), the Institute connects real-world business savvy with the research and talent of students, faculty, and staff. This year, the Institute’s ten centers served over 38,000 businesses locally, nationally, and internationally, including business located across Bexar county and throughout Texas. Meanwhile, students and faculty continued to expand the number of research activities that impact innovation and discovery. As an urban-serving institution, UTSA has rolled out its master plan that includes a robust plan for expansion downtown and into underserved areas of the city.

The Institute ramped up its activities and support to businesses in the west, south, and east sides of the city, following the lead of UTSA President Taylor Eighmy to deliver world-class education to communities in San Antonio’s urban core. These efforts align with the Institute’s work with small and medium-sized businesses to boost their performance.

We look forward to the road ahead as UTSA and the Institute continue to partner and provide leadership in strategically important sectors of our economy. The expansive 79-county territory covered by the Institute means that the reach of UTSA’s talent, knowledge, and technology will impact the lives of millions of Texans. This transformative economic engagement is made possible through the generous and continuing support of our sponsors who share our vision for a growing and vibrant, business-driven economy. This Institute for Economic Development belongs to all Texans, and we invite you to learn more about us and explore how we can partner to grow your success and that of our communities in San Antonio and across the state.

The University of Texas at San Antonio

Rod McSherry
Associate Vice President for Innovation, Economic Development

Albert Salgado
Assistant Vice President Small Business, Community Engagement


To download the Institute 2020 Annual Report report click here.

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