Rural Assistance Programs
The Economic Development and Analysis Division (EDA) provides Texas’ rural communities with detailed economic data and analysis from internal and external sources, serving as a turnkey information source to assist rural communities in improving government efficiency and achieving economic growth. We specialize in subjects including:
- tax programs and incentive support;
- job creation initiatives;
- economic impact analysis;
- financial transparency;
- limiting financial exposure and
- budgeting and purchasing efficiencies.
EDA’s team of analysts provide technical assistance on a wide variety of issues related to state and local tax programs, financial management, and federal, state, and local economics.
- Type A and B Economic Development Corporations
- Event Trust Fund
- Chapter 312 Tax Abatements
- Chapter 313 Texas Economic Development Act
- Chapter 380/381 Agreements
- Where to Look
- Description of Grant
Jobs and Education for Texans (JET)
Equipment Grants for Community Colleges
The Comptroller’s Job Building Fund provides grants to community colleges to support building and equipment demands for high-growth industries throughout the state in an era of rapidly increasing enrollment.
Learn more about the JET Job Builidng Fund on the Every Chance, Every Texan website »
State Energy Conservation Office
Incentives and Grant Programs
SECO posts current state opportunities and federal programs that can offer your community incentives or financial assistance with energy conservation projects. Find more information on the opportunities available to your community »
Local Government Financial Management Resources
For additional guidance with finance topics including budgeting and purchasing for rural cities and counties, see our Local Government Financial Management Resources »
Designing an Effective Rural Development Strategy
Changes in technology and the globalization of the markets have reduced employment in farming and many rural-oriented industries. In order to strengthen the economic opportunities in rural Texas it is important to develop a rural development strategy. In many cases a more efficient use of resources is for rural cities to act regionally as opposed to individually. Successful economic development strategies recognize market trends when identifying economic niches where the locality can have a comparative advantage.
Incorporating economic diversification into the development strategy is a vital key to success. For some rural areas a focus on entrepreneurship and small business development can be helpful. A rural area should also build their economic strategy on a strong basis of community development. Community development could include improved housing, infrastructure and quality of life items that will contribute to the community's economic success and provide an incentive to prospective new business.
In summary, an effective rural development strategy should:
- build on local strengths,
- adjust for local weaknesses,
- recognize market realities,
- attempt to achieve development that can be sustained for the foreseeable future, and create local support.