Institute for Economic Development

Snapshots of Excellence

As one of the top-performing university-based economic development centers in the country, the UTSA Institute for Economic Development is proud to share its recent accomplishments and contributions to the community. The following are achievements from 2011, the most recent year for which complete results are available.

Service and Economic Impact Results, 2011

Service Projects

Energy Saving Solutions
The institute pioneered an Energy Saving Solutions program to help small businesses improve their bottom line. In collaboration with UTSA's College of Architecture, 44 audits have been conducted to date in a variety of businesses to reduce costs, improve competitiveness and save energy.

Rural Business Conference
As part of its work in the Eagle Ford Shale area, the Rural Business Program held its 2nd Rural Business Challenge Conference.

Experiential Learning Activities
Institute for Economic Development programs provided more than 100 students with service-learning opportunities in which students earn valuable practical experience that also benefits the institute's business clients.

Top Ranking

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center, formerly the Minority Business Enterprise Center, achieved a No. 1 ranking in the nation for Highest Total Procurement Dollars Secured from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Expanding Locations

The institute is branching out into new offices locally and globally to accommodate growing businesses.

SBDC Rural Business Program in Carrizo Springs
An extension office in Carrizo Springs will better serve the needs of entrepreneurs starting businesses related to the burgeoning Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas play.

New suites at Washington Place on Downtown Campus
Space at 215 S. San Saba accommodates the institute's growing staff and programs. The new offices house the expansion of the SBDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center, which advises businesses interested in growing their market with public contracting opportunities. Classroom training complements those offerings.

SBDC in New Braunfels
Office will serve entrepreneurs and small-business owners in Seguin and New Braunfels.

SBDC models in Latin America
The institute is expanding the SBDC model in Latin America, strengthening partnerships in Mexico, Colombia and El Salvador, and starting new projects in Dominican Republic, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama.

Southwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in Louisiana
A Houma, La., office will help small businesses recover from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill.