IC2 Institute Studying Small Communities

For over 40 years the IC2 Institute at The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) has sought to solve complex problems in society. The Institute has weathered two economic shocks with the energy crisis in the 1970’s and the oil bust in the 1980’s. Today, we are facing the economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis, coupled with a historic drop in oil prices that shook the Permian Basin in West Texas.
In early April, IC2 Executive Director, Dr. Art Markman, called upon researchers and practitioners across the UT campus to form an economic recovery taskforce to respond to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.
A call was put out to communities around the state to join the Regional Economic Recovery project and the response was remarkable. Seventy community leaders from local economic development organizations, chambers of commerce, and city government offices responded. Through interviews and surveys, IC2 employees will study 63 communities as part of the Regional Economic Recovery project, 60 in Texas and 3 in Louisiana. Combined with two other programs occurring simultaneously at IC2, 83 communities signed up to work together to understand the impacts of the COVID crisis on their community, return to their values, and develop a path forward towards economic resiliency.
Dr. Greg Pogue, Deputy Executive Director at the IC2 Institute, describes the importance of understanding community values and working together like this:
IC2 is engaging communities through three projects and programs:
These collaborations will empower small and remote communities to rethink economic development in their communities.
This summer, IC2 will study communities and help those communities assess the resources they have available to relaunch their economic development efforts.
In the fall, this process will be followed by a new program called Regional XLR8 that will provide community leaders with information and mentorship to foster wider collaboration among communities and to identify ways that small communities might help fill gaps in the domestic supply chain.
Funding for the Regional Economic Recovery studies in Texas came from IC2 research funds. The Louisiana Bucket Brigade generously provided funding to study three communities in Louisiana. The IC2 Institute drives research and programming through collaborative partnerships that elicit breakthrough learning and new models of growth. The knowledge, tools, and relationships supported by IC2 are designed to create more prosperous, adaptable, diverse, and resilient communities through the study and development of business ecosystems.
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RRC Now Hiring!

RRC Job Description

RRC is a multi-disciplinary consulting engineering firm that specializes in energy projects, particularly renewable energy, throughout the United States and was established in 2007 in order to provide a culture where employees are valued while contributing to meaningful projects. In just 12 years, RRC has grown to approximately 300 employees in the U.S. and Canada spread across six offices. We have experienced significant growth and success in utility-scale wind energy and solar energy projects. This is an opportunity to work on the forefront of the changing energy production landscape in the U.S as well as the growing U.S. infrastructure construction industry.

We are seeking several entry-level and experienced construction materials testing technicians for work within our Construction Materials Testing group. Although these positions will be based out of our Round Rock, Texas office, relocation is not necessary.

Education/Experience Requirements

  • No prior experience within the energy industry is required
  • Recent graduates or college students that are not taking classes during the summer are welcome to apply
  • Current standing ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician – Grade I certified preferred

Required Job Skills

  • Possess strong oral and writing skills to effectively communicate between project team members and clients.
  • Must be willing to travel for the duration of the assignment
  • Possess the ability to perform field testing activities in an outdoor construction environment, which involves lifting heavy equipment and walking on uneven terrain in summer temperatures
  • Must be willing to travel to construction sites in remote locations throughout the nation.
  • Personal vehicle for use on construction sites (pickup truck or SUV) 4×4 is preferred but not necessary. Company truck can be provided for a maximum of 4 months
  • Candidates must have a valid driver’s license with 3 or fewer tickets on your record within 3 years.

Job Tasks

  • Please note that extensive travel (95-100%) throughout the United States will be required
  • The candidate will be primarily performing concrete and soil materials tests

We are looking for motivated individuals who understand the value of working toward success by delivering the highest quality services to our clients.  We are willing to train qualified and motivated individuals.


RRC offers a generous range of benefits for employees, including:

  • Competitive wages
  • Weekly per diem
  • Monthly vehicle allowance for use of personal vehicle and fuel reimbursement
  • Medical, vision and dental insurance coverage

RRC is committed to investing in talented employees because we recognize that happy, healthy employees provide the best path to sustaining a successful business.

Visit our website www.RRCcompanies.com for more information.


Haskell COVID-19 Updates

The City of Haskell and Haskell County updates in response to COVID-19 can be located below. This is an ongoing, updated location. Haskell County is currently operating at a 50% occupancy rate.

  • The state of Texas Governor announcements can be found here.
  • Texas Department of Health and Human Services COVID 19 updates can be found here.
  • Rolling Plains Detention Center information can be found here.

05/06/20 https://conta.cc/3bae7v9

05/03/20  https://conta.cc/3d6MJiY

04/30/20  https://conta.cc/35jtQH7

4/4/20 – Statement from Rolling Plains Detention Center – Rolling Plains Media Release 040420

4/2/20 – Updates – https://conta.cc/39FcvZN

3/31/20 – Updates – https://conta.cc/2JuJhSQ

3/30/20 – Updates – https://conta.cc/3dFGZOg

3/27/20 – Updates – https://conta.cc/2UnvLq7

3/24/20 – Updates – https://conta.cc/39bYXVi


3/23/20 Updates – https://conta.cc/2QVRsM7

3/20/20 Updates – https://conta.cc/33Afml4

3.20.20 Statement from the County Judge  – Letter from the Judge

3.19.20 Statement from the Mayor Haskell  – Letter from the Mayor

Haskell County Disaster Declaration – Disaster Declaration

Courthouse Contact Sheet – Courthouse Contact Information

3/18/20 – Statement from the County Judge –  county update

3/18/20 Updates – https://conta.cc/33qTYPp

3/17/20 Updates – https://conta.cc/3daOIUj

Haskell Restaurant Guide –