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The Center for Community and Business Research serves the needs of economic development agencies, workforce development boards, businesses, associations, city, state and federal governments and other community stakeholders in search of information to make better decisions.

Our team comprises skilled economists, statisticians, researchers, faculty and interns from varying academic departments including, but not limited to, the colleges of Architecture, Business, Public Policy and Sciences.

We develop, conduct and report on research projects that are designed to shed light on how organizations, communities, or the economy work. Our capabilities and deliverables include

  • economic impact analyses
  • feasibility studies
  • surveys of business and community organizations
  • secondary data analysis
  • report writing and presentation

Eagle Ford Shale generated more than $87 billion in economic output for Texas in 2013

Region supported nearly 155,000 full-time jobs last year

(San Antonio, Sept. 23, 2014) – The production of oil and natural gas in the Eagle Ford Shale generated more than $87 billion in total economic output for the state last year, according to a study released today by The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute for Economic Development. UTSA researchers also concluded that shale activity supported almost 155,000 full-time equivalent jobs and provided more than $4.4 billion to local and state governments in 2013.

UTSA projects that by 2023 the region will support more than 196,000 jobs and generate more than $137 billion for Texas. These new numbers exceed what was projected in previous studies due to the attraction of new manufacturing projects associated with natural gas and additional processing, refining and port facilities. The economic output of the region is forecast to continue solid growth long-term, considering current trends of stable energy prices and industry innovation.

The study, UTSA’s fourth, examined the economic impact of the Eagle Ford Shale on the 21 counties directly and indirectly involved in production. The 15 core counties where activity is most prevalent are Atascosa, Bee, DeWitt, Dimmit, Frio, Gonzales, Karnes, La Salle, Lavaca, Live Oak, Maverick, McMullen, Webb, Wilson and Zavala. The six neighboring counties where significant activity not including extraction is occurring are Bexar, Jim Wells, Nueces, San Patricio, Uvalde and Victoria.

To date, oil and condensate production in the Eagle Ford Shale has grown from 581 barrels per day in 2008 to more than 1.5 million barrels per day as of August 2014, continuing to exceed expectations and attracting more capital investments than any shale field in the United States. That economic growth is making community sustainability a more achievable goal.

“The immense economic development is providing the wherewithal to address needs that are important to both industry and communities,” said Robert McKinley, UTSA associate vice president of economic development. “Investments in infrastructure – roads, water, wastewater, education, medical facilities and other things – are the key foundational components needed to ensure the long-term viability of many rural communities in the region.

“The ongoing activity presents South Texas community leaders with a rare opportunity to ensure the long-term viability of their cities, towns and counties,” said Thomas Tunstall, research director of the UTSA Institute for Economic Development.

“With the enormous growth in our energy sectors, in particular the Eagle Ford Shale play, comes a multitude of challenging opportunities,” said State Senator Carlos Uresti. "State policy makers, business leaders and other stakeholders rely on the best research available from our higher education community, such as UTSA, in order to tackle these challenges and ensure our state takes full advantage of this vital opportunity."

UTSA is conducting additional projects to support stakeholders in the Eagle Ford region. Notably, the Center for Urban and Regional Planning in the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning regularly consults with communities across South Texas on planning, design, environmental, housing and development issues. Likewise, the UTSA College of Public Policy and Institute of Economic Development are collaborating to develop and strengthen municipal governments in the Eagle Ford Shale and West Texas regions.

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Economic Impact of the Oil and Gas Activities in the West Texas Energy Consortium Region

The West Texas Energy Consortium (“Consortium” or WTxEC) is an open forum for coordination and information sharing, organized by the Workforce Solutions Boards in Concho Valley, West Central Texas, and Permian Basin Regions. The WTxEC has contracted with the Center for Community and Business Research at The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Institute for Economic Development to estimate the economic impacts of the oil and gas industry on certain counties in the Consortium in the year 2012, and to create a forecast for the year 2022.

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DOWNLOAD HERE - Executive Summary WTxEC Region: Ten County-Level Impacts of Oil and Gas

DOWNLOAD HERE - Economic Impact of Oil and Gas Activities in the West Texas Energy Consortium Region - Phase 2

DOWNLOAD HERE - Economic Impact of Oil and Gas Activities in the West Texas Energy Consortium Region - Phase 1

 

UTSA Institute for Economic Development researches economic impact of oil and natural gas in 16-county region of West Texas

West Texas Shale AreaDecember 16, 2013 - Development of oil and natural gas in a 16-county region of West Texas added more than $14.5 billion in total economic impact during 2012, according to a study released today by the Center for Community and Business Research in The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development. In addition, the region supported 21,450 full-time jobs for workers in oil and gas, drilling, support operations, pipeline construction, refineries and petrochemicals.

Highlights of the UTSA study concluded that in 2012 the region generated:

  • • $1 billion in salaries and benefits paid to workers
  • • $6.2 billion in gross regional product (value added)
  • • $472 million in state revenue, including $187.4 million in severance taxes
  • • $447 million in local government revenue

The UTSA Center for Community and Business Research was contracted by the West Texas Energy Consortium (WTxEC) to estimate the economic impact of the oil and gas industry on certain counties in the Consortium’s area during 2012, and create a forecast for the year 2022. The Consortium’s area consists of the Concho Valley, West Central Texas and Permian Basin regions.

The region has a long history of oil and gas activity and, in recent years, has been affected not only by renewed attention in vertical wells but also new techniques, such as horizontal drilling coupled with hydraulic fracture stimulation. The study estimates that close to 854 vertical wells and 57 horizontal wells (including 12 directional wells) were completed in 2012. 

“This baseline study is intended to help communities in West Texas plan and prepare for the prospect for increased oil and gas production in the area down the line. For many counties, activity is clearly in the early stages,” said Thomas Tunstall, research director at the UTSA Institute for Economic Development and principal investigator for the study. 

While taking into consideration low and high-price scenarios, the impact in 2022 could vary widely. But UTSA estimates growth in full-time jobs supported by the oil and gas industry could potentially increase by 42.2 percent from 2012-2022. This study estimates a scenario where low oil prices in the future could produce an output as low as $7.6 billion, and where high oil prices could see enormous growth, as high as $34.3 billion. The ranges of these figures are broad due to high variability in the prices of oil and gas, the challenges of forecasting future oil and gas activities, changes in the number of wells per rig, and changes in productivity per well.

The 16-county area researched encompassed various shales including the Cline Shale, a 70 mile-wide by 140 mile-long formation that stretches along 14 counties in West Texas. The formation produces natural gas, condensate, oil, and natural gas liquids, with margins more favorable than other shale plays.

The Center for Community and Business Research in the UTSA Institute for Economic Development conducts primary research on community and business development in South Texas and the border region. In addition to the study released today, the Center has published

Economic Impact of the Eagle Ford Shale (March 2013),Economic Impact of the Eagle Ford Shale (May 2012), Strategic Housing Analysis (July 2012, in partnership with the UTSA College of Architecture and UTSA Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research), Eagle Ford Shale Impact for Counties with Active Drilling (October 2012) and its Workforce Analysis for the Eagle Ford Shale (October 2012). For more information, visit www.ccbr.iedtexas.org

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South Central Texas Region L Population Projection Study

Center for Community and Business Research
Institute for Economic Development
University of Texas at San Antonio

May 17 2013

Summary Article Navigation

  • • Region L and the Need for Population Projection Analysis
  • • Study Points
  • • General Information about the Population Projection Study
  • • Graphics
  • • Static and Dynamic Maps
  • • About the Center for Community & Business Research

Click Here for the Region L Population Projection Executive Summary

Click Here for the Region L Population Projection Study

Click Here for the Region L Population Projection Appendix

Click Here for the Region L Population Projection PowerPoint

Click here for the Region L Population Projection Dynamic Maps based on Labor Force

Click here for the Region L Population Projection Dynamic Maps based on School Enrollment

Click Here for the Region L website: www.RegionLTexas.org


Region L and the Need for Population Projection Analysis

Summary Article prepared by Dr. S. Roberts, Research Economist, Center for Community and Business Research

Maps prepared by Hisham Eid, GIS Specialist, Center for Community and Business Research

The South Central Texas Region L Water District consists of 21 counties that include Atascosa, Bexar, Caldwell, Calhoun, Comal, DeWitt, Dimmit, Frio, Goliad, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Hays (southern half), Karnes, Kendall, La Salle, Medina, Refugio, Uvalde, Victoria, Wilson and Zavala. These counties are outlined in the map below.

Map of Region L Water User Groups and Eagle Ford Shale Well locations; source: CCBR GIS
Map of Region L Water User Groups and Eagle Ford Shale Well locations; source: CCBR GIS

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), of which Region L is a member, asks each region to perform residential water usage planning for the counties and water user groups (WUG) in their district as part of an overall statewide planning and reporting system. Planning documents utilize population projections calculated under the auspices of the State Demographer of Texas and the Texas State Data Center. Documents and information pertaining to water planning and related factors and processes are available at the level of each region and from the Texas Water Development Board. One of the factors involved in planning is the identification of population numbers and another is the projection of population for the planning period. Water usage demands for the future are assessed from the projected population numbers. Activities such as water supply development and treatment, usage, and other management processes require an understanding of who, where, why, and from what, water resources are acquired and used. Identified residential populations play a large part toward this understanding.

With the Austin corridor to the north, Houston shipping and trade area to the east, coastal areas to the south east, and border with Mexico to the south west, Region L reflects a large portion of the state with opportunities for development. Following the immense growth of the Dallas-Fort Worth region, and despite the economic downturn that has gripped the nation over the past few years, Region L has the potential to become the next gateway to expansion of transportation, financial, resource , employment and industrial growth for Texas, spurred by massive investment in Eagle Ford Shale.

Read more: South Central Texas Region L Population Projection Study

 

UTSA providing integral research on growing impact of Eagle Ford Shale

By Christi FishEFS Economic Impact
Associate Director of Media Relations
University of Texas at San Antonio

(March 26, 2013) -- Ongoing research at The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development is serving as the preeminent resource to state and local officials in forecasting the evolving economic impact of the Eagle Ford Shale. The Eagle Ford Shale is a 50 mile-wide by 400 mile-long formation that runs from South Texas to the east. The formation produces natural gas, condensate, oil, and natural gas liquids, with margins more favorable than other shale plays.

In its most recent study, released this week, UTSA forecasted that development of oil and natural gas in the Eagle Ford Shale added more than $61 billion in total economic impact across a 20-county region in Central and South Texas during 2012. Additionally, it supported 116,000 jobs. In 2011, UTSA reported the region generated $25 billion in economic impact and supported 117,000 jobs. The study projects that the region will support 127,000 jobs and produce an economic impact of $89 billion for Texas in 2022.

This month's study is the fifth examining the Eagle Ford Shale over the past year alone, making UTSA the leading source of information about the growth and impact of the South Texas region.

"The research conducted at UTSA provides us with valuable information, findings and recommendations related to the Eagle Ford Shale and its impact on Texas' economy," said Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo. "This research is a wonderful resource not only for state policymakers and business leaders, but also for all stakeholders who are working to create sustainable communities throughout the shale region. Equally important, it underscores the critical role of the higher education community in public service and economic development."

The UTSA Institute for Economic Development is dedicated to creating jobs, growing businesses and fostering economic development. Its 12 centers and programs provide professional business advising, technical training, research and strategic planning for entrepreneurs, business owners and community leaders. Programs serve San Antonio and the Texas-Mexico border area as well as regional, national and international stakeholders. Together with federal, state and local governments, and private businesses, the IED fosters economic and community development in support of UTSA's community engagement mission.

"One of the key indicators of a Tier One university is its contribution to society," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "The Institute for Economic Development has taken a leading role in assessing the impact of the Eagle Ford Shale. Its work is another example of UTSA's commitment to become a top-tier research institution."

In October 2012, the institute published Eagle Ford Shale Impact for Counties with Active Drilling and its Workforce Analysis for the Eagle Ford Shale. The pair of studies examined economic indicators resulting from the Eagle Ford oil and gas play.

In July 2012, the institute released its Strategic Housing Analysis in partnership with the UTSA College of Architecture and UTSA Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research. The study addressed the region's need for affordable housing to create sustainable communities in South Texas. It also advised communities to create permanent housing, mixed-use housing, and temporary, mobile and rental units.

"It is our hope that this research helps state and local officials make informed decisions as the economic growth of this region continues to expand," said Bob McKinley, UTSA associate vice president for economic development.

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Download the 2013 Economic Impact of the Eagle Ford Shale - Appendix: CLICK HERE


 

Eagle Ford Shale Economic Impact and Workforce Analysis

Economic Impact for Counties with Active Drilling

The Center for Community and Business Research at The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development (UTSA) performed an economic study of 14 counties in the Eagle Ford Shale area that portrays a detailed image of the challenges and opportunities emerging from drilling and production activities in South Texas.  In 2011, the companies operating in the region had significant impacts in the 14-county area and in the surrounding counties.

These impacts translated into:

  • More than $19.2 billion in output
  • Approximately $10.5 billion in gross regional product
  • $211 million in local government revenues
  • $312 million in state revenues
  • 38,000 full-time jobs

The study projects that by the year 2021, the Eagle Ford Shale could produce close to $62.2 billion in output and up to $34 billion in gross regional products.

 Workforce Analysis for the Eagle Ford Shale

The Center for Community and Business Research at The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development (UTSA) performed a workforce analysis for the 20 counties within Texas directly and indirectly involved in the development of the hydrocarbon producing formation known as the Eagle Ford Shale (EFS).  Each of these counties have witnessed an increased supply of EFS-related jobs within certain industries and requiring specific job training.

Direct, indirect and induced economic impacts were examined for each of the counties in the 20-county region to determine workforce impact. Direct impacts primarily consist of the actual production and employment by firms operating directly in the EFS. Indirect impacts include the operational and personnel expenditure made by suppliers, or inter-industry transactions spurred by the direct economic activity. Induced impacts include income flows created when workers spend money on various goods such as food, housing, and other products or services in the counties the counties under analysis.

The development of the Eagle Ford Shale has distinct phases, during which individual industries will experience varying levels of labor demand and evolving types of labor demanded. Thus, education and training requirements for workers will need to remain flexible enough to accommodate the vacillating needs of industry. For example, during the exploration phase counties will see a rise in the need for occupations dealing with mineral leasing, site construction/management, drilling rig support, and material transport. As companies shift into the production and processing phase of operations, they require a workforce composed of business management, administrative support and the processing of gas, oil and condensates occupations.

Eagle Ford Shale: Economic Impact - Final


Eagle Ford Shale: Economic Impact for Counties with Active Drilling (Executive Summary)

Eagle Ford Shale: Economic Impact for Counties with Active Drilling (Full Report)

Eagle Ford Shale Workforce Analysis


Workforce Analysis for the Eagle Ford Shale - Final (Executive Summary)

Workforce Analysis for the Eagle Ford Shale - Final (Full Report)

 
 

Eagle Ford Shale Housing Report

Affordability is Eagle Ford Shale’s Most Prominent Housing Need

UTSA projects population of six Western counties will grow to 86,297 by 2025

Click to Download the EFS Housing Report (19.6MB)

Written by Christi Fish
Associate Director of Media Relations, The University of Texas at San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO, July 11, 2012...Young families with school-aged children will continue to account for a significant portion of newcomers to six Eagle Ford Shale counties, according to a study released today by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute for Economic Development. Researchers Azza Kamal and Richard Tangum in the UTSA College of Architecture and Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research completed the Eagle Ford Shale Strategic Housing Analysis, which examines the state of housing in Dimmit, Frio, La Salle, Maverick, Webb and Zavala Counties.

Download the study at http://bit.ly/EFS-Housing.

"The Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas play is one of the most significant oil and gas finds in Texas history, and it has attracted an influx of transient and permanent workers from across Texas and the nation,” said Gilbert Gonzalez, SBDC director. "As we look 10 to 15 years into the future, it is clear that housing stock, public service, infrastructure and public utilities will need to be improved and expanded to accommodate the influx of new residents."

The study concludes:

  • From 2000 to 2010, the population in the six-county region grew by 65,958 people, and housing grew by 21,805 units.
  • The housing occupancy rate hovered around 89 percent in 2000 and 2010, suggesting that the population and housing growth in the six-county region increased proportionally.
  • The median household income in the six-county region, which ranges from $21,707 to $36,684, is sharply lower than the median income in Texas and the nation. (U.S. Census 2010)
  • Housing units in the area need to include a flexible design approach that can adapt to changes in demographics after the extraction activities of oil and gas has ended.
  • Vacant housing units in all shale counties need to be further analyzed because they offer strong potential if resources can be allocated for rehabilitation and home-repair programs.

UTSA researchers suggest that new permanent housing in the shale region should include a combination of detached single-family units and attached multi-family units. Mixed-use development is highly desired in the large communities. Moreover, the optimal placement for new residential developments is within 15.5 miles driving distance to work sites in the six-county region studied. Strategic locations for new developments include Carrizo Springs (Dimmit County), Crystal City (Zavala County), Dilley and Pearsall (Frio County), Cotulla (La Salle County) and Laredo (Webb County).

The study also says affordable temporary, mobile and rental housing units are needed to accommodate the region's newcomers. Approximately 77.5 percent of the hotels studied were 90 percent booked by people planning to stay for 30 or more days. Researchers found this trend causes an economic burden for those communities because those long-term guests are not required to pay the Hotel Occupancy Tax.

"Affordability and sustainability of housing solutions are the most important lessons uncovered by this study," said Kamal, the study's principal investigator. "Policy leaders need to keep housing prices at rates that are affordable for local residents and the newcomers to maintain a positive quality of life for everyone living in the shale region."

The Eagle Ford Shale is a 50 mile-wide by 400 mile-long formation that runs from the southern portion of Texas to the east. The formation produces natural gas, condensate, oil, and natural gas liquids, with margins more favorable than other shale plays. Last year, the 20-county region generated more than $25 billion in revenue for South Texas, according to a study released in May 2012 by the Center for Community and Business Research at the UTSA Institute for Economic Development.

 

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Eagle Ford Shale Generated More Than $25 Billion in Revenue for South Texas in 2011

UTSA projects the shale to create 117,000 jobs by 2021

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Eagle Ford Shale Report DownloadWritten by Christi Fish
Associate Director of Media Relations, The University of Texas at San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO, May 9, 2012 – Development of oil and natural gas in the Eagle Ford Shale contributed $25 billion in total economic output to the region in 2011, according to a study released today by the Center for Community and Business Research at The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development (UTSA).

"The Eagle Ford Shale has proven to be one of the most important economic engines in the state," said Dr. Thomas Tunstall, director of the UTSA Center for Community & Business Research, and the study’s principal investigator.  "In 2011 alone, the play generated over $25 billion in revenue, supported 47,000 full-time jobs in the area, and provided $257 million in local government revenue."

The study also concluded that in 2011 shale development:

  • Paid $3.1 billion in salaries and benefits to workers;
  • Provided more than $12.6 billion in gross regional product;
  • Added more than $358 million in state revenues, including $120.4 million in severance taxes;
  • And spurred a triple-digit sales tax revenue increase in various local counties.Download the Eagle Ford Shale Impact Presentation

"We view the Eagle Ford activity as an economic opportunity of a lifetime," said Mario Hernandez, president of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation.  "The key goal is the increase in investment and jobs. And if the communities will partner with the private companies that are creating these jobs, it can be a win-win for everybody."

The increased revenue from the Eagle Ford Shale is rebuilding local communities.  New schools and new hospitals are being built, and new training programs have been launched to maximize hiring from the local workforce.  The study projects the creation of approximately 117,000 full-time jobs by 2021.

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Eagle Ford Shale: Impacto Economico

View the video recording of the Eagle Ford Shale Impact Presentation and Study Release from May 9, 2012

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Read more: The Impact of Eagle Ford Shale

 

Boeing San Antonio Impact Report

Boeing studyThe Boeing Company in San Antonio continues to be a major contributor to the Texas economy with a $415.5 million total economic impact in 2009 when the new commercial activities are added, according to a new study released today by the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Center for Community and Business Research.

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San Antonio Missions Impact Report

Missions Impact ReportThe missions of San Antonio play an important part in defining the city’s culture. Their presence also helps drive the city’s hospitality and tourism industry. In 2009, over 1.7 million people visited Missions Concepción, San José, San Juan, and Espada in San Antonio. Collectively, these missions and associated features—including acequias (irrigation canals), labores (farm lands), dam and aqueduct, and the single remaining rancho (mission ranch) —comprise the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. In 2009, park visitors, along with staffing, construction and maintenance activities, and other aspects of park operations, contributed nearly $98.8 million to the local economy and sustained 1,116 jobs in the region.

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Economic Impact of the Eagle Ford Shale

In less than three years of development, the Eagle Ford Shale already accounts for over six percent of the Gross Regional Product for the 24-countySouth Texas area it encompasses, according to a study released today by the Center for Community and Business Research at the University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development.

"The Eagle Ford Shale may be one of the largest onshore natural gas and oil discoveries in the past half century," said Dominique Halaby, the center's director. "In 2010 alone, this newest of the Texas shale plays generated close to $2.9 billion in revenue, supported approximately 12,600 full-time jobs in the area, and provided nearly $47.6 million in local government revenue."

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US CAIP

CCBR, in conjunction with the Rural Business Program has been selected by the North American Development Bank's U.S. Community Adjustment and Investment Program to develop strategies for assisting community's negatively impacted by foreign trade.
   

Rural Business Program

CCBR has partnered with the South-West Texas SBDC Border Network's Rural Business Program and the UTSA College of Architecture to prepare economic base studies and community plans for the communities of Encinal, Port Isabel, Pecos and Zapata. "This is an exciting opportunity to provide these community leaders with key economic development tools that they will be able to use in planning their community’s future," said Dominique Halaby, CCBR Director. Each project is expected to be released by the end of the summer 2010.
   

Texas Small Business Economic Impact

To assist the State of Texas in understanding the economic impact of Texas businesses with fewer than 100 employees, the Office of the Governor contracted with CCBR to prepare Little Companies, Big Impact: The Economic Impact of Texas Businesses with Fewer Than 100 Employees

Read more: Texas Small Business Economic Impact

   

Disaster Resiliency Program

CCBR, in conjunction with the Contracting Resource Center and the Southwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center has been selected by the Economic Development Administration to outline the economic impact of recent disasters on businesses in the Rio Grande Valley and to recommend strategies to strengthen to improve business continuity.
   

Startech

CCBR works with Startech (formerly SATAI) to determine the economic impact of the companies they assisted in 2009.
   

Tejano FanFair

CCBR works with the Tejano Music Association to determine the economic impact of the 2009 Tejano FanFair.
   

Port San Antonio

In order to determine the potential benefit of pending improvements to the road and rail infrastructure to the Port San Antonio, the Port administration contracted with CCBR to perform a Benefit Cost Analysis of the components directly associated with the proposed development.
   

Southwest School of Arts and Crafts

CCBR has been selected to properly demonstrate the demand of a Bachelor of Fine Art program to Southwest School of Art & Craft.
   

Institute of Texan Cultures

CCBR has been selected to assist the Institute for Texan Cultures by developing a business and marketing plan. "We are excited to have the opportunity to apply our expertise in business planning and tourism research to aid one of the university’s key assets in strengthening its market position," said Dominique Halaby, CCBR Director. As part of this project, CCBR will be assisted by faculty from the UTSA College of Business and the Minority Business Enterprise Center.
   

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