©2013 Texas Center for Rural Entrepreneurship :: 3115 Fall Crest Drive :: San Antonio, TX 78247 Website by
"Entrepreneurship is the pursuit, creation and capture of extraordinary value"
–Daniel Isenberg, Professor of Management Practice, Babson Global
The History of TCRE
TCRE was formally incorporated as a non-
In December 2001, the TREI convened a group of rural stakeholders that included representation from rural entrepreneurs, city government, economic development corporations, state and federal agencies and legislators to begin dialog on developing strategies to support rural entrepreneurship. This group became known as the Rural Entrepreneurship Academy. One of the outcomes of the meeting was a resolution to establish a on-
In February 2002, a subcommittee of the Academy met in Austin to develop an operational plan for the recommendations made at the Academy meeting. The concept of the Texas Center for Rural Entrepreneurship was created and a proposed business plan for the formation of the Center was created.
In April 2002, the subcommittee presented the plan to the Academy participants at an academy meeting in Mason, Texas. With modifications made by participants, the plan was approved and a directive was given to Dr. Clary to move forward with the development of TCRE as a non-
In June 2002, the third Academy meeting was held in Jasper, Texas, to launch the first REA and begin discussions on developing a TCRE model project with the Jasper, Newton, Sabine County REA.
In October 2002, Academy participants met in Early, Texas to discuss the role of business incubators in rural entrepreneurship and to continue to implement TCRE. Participants learned that Wood County had received a Texas Infrastructure Fund Community Networking grant and wanted to establish a REA and create the TCRE web portal.
October 2003 represented the culmination of the effort began in 1999 when the Wood County REA launched the TCRE web portal and the Newton Economic Development Corp. announced the receipt of a $500,000 grant from USDA Rural Utilities Services to create a model project supporting rural entrepreneurs in two REA regions (including Jasper, Newton, Sabine, Tyler Counties and Wood, Van Zandt, Rusk, Cherokee Counties).
|Radio & Video|