Ernest J. Gerlach, M.S.,M.A


Ernest has over 30 years of combined experience in rural and economic development, business development, community and regional planning, public policy research, management consulting, strategic planning and social science research. He received a Bachelor of Arts – Social Sciences Degree from Trinity University, a Master of Science Degree in Urban Studies also from Trinity University, and a Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Mr. Gerlach has authored or co-authored over 30 studies focusing on economic, community and business development. In addition, he has engaged in several major projects centered on sustainable development issues in South Texas and the Border Region of Texas.

Ernest Gerlach is a former Senior Fellow for the Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is currently focusing on rural development and regional planning initiatives. He is also involved in developing a series of evaluation/assessment tools for neighborhoods and communities. Prior to working with the Center for Urban and Regional and Planning Research, he served as a Coordinator for the Rural Business Program in the South-West Texas Regional Small Business Development Center Network – Institute for Economic Development at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Previously he was the Director of the Center for Economic Development in the Institute for Economic Development from 1990 to 2008.

Ernest J. Gerlach, M.S.,M.A