The University of Texas at Austin

The IC² Institute was established at The University of Texas at Austin in 1977, as a think-and-do tank to explore the broad economic, technological, and human factors that drive economic development in regions.

Our mission is to better understand and catalyze communities outside major urban areas to become more collaborative and resilient through a human-centered approach.

We drive impact with research and programs that look at eco-systems of business, government, and education that drive regional economies in smaller communities. As a research institute, it is our privilege to drive cutting-edge investigations and serve society on behalf of the University of Texas at Austin. And we actively engage with community leaders, government, industry, philanthropies, and other researchers to address the cross-cutting issues and opportunities for smaller, remote communities.