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Recognition and news releases that showcase the Center for Applied Research and Rural Innovation and CARRI grant-funded projects that help our community continue to thrive.


March 2024

CARRI hosted the Rural Texas Travel and Tourism Conference in the Baker Pattillo Student Center. Keynote speaker was Jonas Arjes, executive vice president and chief economic development officer for Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and CVB in Branson, Missouri. The conference program also included spotlight, rural travel and resource panels.

February 2024

The CARRI team joined university and community leadership at Chamber Days in Austin, a Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce partnership program with the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce.

group photo of community members
Pictured from left: Tim Ward, Austin Bank; Olivia Kiritsy, Loblolly Properties, LLC; Leigh Ann Carver, NMC Health Network; Monica Loa, CARRI; Mary Ann Rojas, CARRI; Malisha Ann Wheeler, Nacogdoches Chamber; Shari Williams, Nacogdoches Chamber.


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