An Economic Engine for the Region

The Office of Facilities and Economic Development began its economic development initiatives following a new priority in the University’s Strategic Plan to become “an economic engine for the region.” As a rapidly growing research university enrolling nearly 30,000 students, UTD is central to the region’s business ecosystem and plays a significant role in attracting new business to North Texas.

Not only is UT Dallas a pipeline (XLSX [Office Open XML Workbook] ) for DFW’s workforce, its students comprise a large portion of the region’s current workforce. The University of Texas at Dallas has become the alma mater of more than 112,000 alumni since its founding in 1969, and approximately two-thirds live in the Metroplex.

UTD itself is a key economic development player in the region. It still owns more than 100 acres of undeveloped land. Beginning in December 2022, UT Dallas will have a stop on the DART Silver Line adjacent to Northside, a mixed-use, transit-oriented development on the north side of campus. The University continues to create partnerships (PDF [Portable Document Format File] ) to expand its vision of developing a transformational, intellectual village on campus.

University Resources

Center for Global Business

Economic Development Partnership Guide (PDF [Portable Document Format File] )

EPICS: Engineering Projects in Community Service

The Institute For Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Institute for Urban Policy Research

Office of Technology Commercialization

UTDesign Capstone

Venture Development Center