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Our Impact

Our Impact

A History of Building the Economy

The Institute for Economic Development is celebrating its 40th year of delivering exemplary economic and small business development services to San Antonio and the State of Texas. This year, we are marking this key milestone alongside our host institution, the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), as we join them in celebrating their 50th anniversary in higher education. Community engagement continues to be a top priority. Every year we are proud to help thousands of Texas businesses start and grow jobs, in parallel with UTSA elevating the local labor talent pool by graduating 122,000 alumni and counting.

Innovation and technology play critical roles in developing dynamic new business models, products and services. In 2018, our Institute merged internally with UTSA’s research arm to form a synergistic and dynamic team to promote the UTSA Research, Economic Development, and Knowledge Enterprise division, led by Interim Vice President Dr. Bernard Arulanandam. Working through public-private-academic partnerships, UTSA is leading major investments in cybersecurity, big data analytics, and technology deployment into the marketplace. In the urban dimension, our Institute works to attack economic segregation where key parts of our community may not have had the opportunity to fully participate in San Antonio’s economic progress. And, in the global dimension, our Institute is leading the U.S. Department of State’s Small Business Network of the Americas’ initiative to share UTSA best practices: promoting inclusive economic development and trade with our partner countries across Latin America and the Caribbean.



Robert McKinley
Sr. Associate Vice President for Economic Development
University of Texas at San Antonio

Albert Salgado
South-West Texas Border SBDC Network Executive Director
University of Texas at San Antonio

To download the IED 2018 Annual Report report click here.

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