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Sweetwater Chosen for IC2 Institute Research Initiative

IC2 Institute, established at The University of Texas at Austin in 1977, will launch a new research initiative in 2020 about community conservation and economic development, and Sweetwater has been chosen as one of the three West Texas communities to be studied. This is an exciting opportunity for our community that comes at no cost to us. A few key challenges that will be investigated will include: difficulty retaining young talent in region; disparity in wages among regional jobs; desire to maintain community identity amid rapidly changing economic growth conditions; need for affordable housing and amenities.

Sweetwater Economic Development, The Chamber of Commerce and the City of Sweetwater have already started addressing some of these issues. Incentive funds assisted in the new housing development south of town and in the remodeling of Spanish Arms apartments. A Young Professionals “After Hours” event is hosted by The Chamber on the fourth Thursday of every month. The City and Economic Development are taking steps to better address the large amount of dilapidated structures. The Newman Dog Park opened in 2019, and a splash pad in Newman Park will be complete for Summer 2020.

As a result of the study, IC2 will provide Sweetwater with a “Road Map” that will synthesize the research findings and suggest several areas on which our community can focus on. The “Road Map” will also include some potential activities that bring together community, government, and business to develop sustainable solutions and benchmarks to track our progress.

To read more about this exciting project, view this document. To learn more about the IC 2  Institute by visiting their website at ic2.utexas.edu.