Gilbert Gonzalez

Mr. Gonzalez joined the University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development to serve as Director of the Rural Business Program (RBP) in 2009. He manages the RBP which focuses on sustainable rural development, capacity-building and business development within the South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center Network.

Since 2010 Mr. Gonzalez participated and worked on several Eagle Ford Shale joint studies pertaining to economic impact, workforce and housing with the Center for Community and Business Research, Center for Urban and Regional Planning and College of Public Policy. As Director of the RBP he works with small and rural communities in the Eagle Ford and Cline Shale oil and gas impacted regions educating community leaders and municipalities on seizing the opportunities created by the shale energy boom to diversify their local economy, create jobs and develop sustainable communities.