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Materialize Your Business in Greater San Marcos: Materials Science

In recent decades, the Greater San Marcos region has emerged as an increasingly prominent area home to new businesses and one of the fastest-growing universities in the country, Texas State University. Nearly equidistant from the thriving cities of Austin and San Antonio, the area sits in a sweet spot, allowing it to take advantage of economic opportunities generated by both metros while maintaining its own unique character.

The region's target industries are determined by employment and wage data for the two-county region by NAICS classification codes, occupational data within a 50-mile radius of the City of San Marcos, Texas State University degree programs and research assets, and areas of focus for other economic development organizations throughout the Austin-San Antonio region. 

Materialize Your Business in Greater San Marcos

Advanced research and business incubation coupled with a dynamic workforce are producing a region that is preparing for the future. Industry Week considers the Greater San Marcos Region to be Transforming into the Texas Innovation Corridor because of research institutions at Texas State and STAR Park. 

High research capability coupled with a high aptitude for production creates a sweet spot for manufacturers and new companies looking to innovate current industries. Companies established in the area within the materials science industry include: 

Bruce and Gloria Ingram Hall

The Bruce and Gloria Ingram Hall is a game changer for Texas State Engineering and the region as a whole. The building is full of features that enhance learning principals and provide the building blocks that set up students to become innovators in existing industries. One of the Ingram Hall features is the 6,000 square foot "makerspace" that encourages student to take their creative ideas and turn them into a reality. 

"Before you innovate, deep in your heart you have to have a creative idea. Then comes innovation." - Christine Hailey, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering

Innovation Corps Site Award

Texas State has received an Innovation Corps Site Award (I-Corps) from the National Science Foundation. The site grant will allow Texas State to more effectively foster entrepreneurial initiatives through the Material Science, Engineering, and Commercialization (MSEC) program. MSEC will strategically strengthen the innovation ecosystem across the university, significantly growing the commercialization culture at Texas State and increasing diversity. The I-Corps Site will provide infrastructure, advice, resources, networking opportunities, training and seed funding to enable teams of faculty and students at Texas State to transition their work into the market place. 


STAR Park is incubating up-and-coming companies hoping to disrupt the way their industries consider "materials". The Science, Technology, and Advanced Research (STAR) Park sits on a 58-acre site and is Texas State's first building dedicated to the university's research and commercialization efforts. 

The overall goal of the incubator program is to provide space and infrastructure to expedite research and commercial development of promising technologies in the context of viable, well-managed companies. 


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