From Comptroller Susan Combs
Texas is blessed with a wealth of beautiful state parks offering rich recreational opportunities for both citizens and tourists alike. Our state parks also have a tremendous economic impact on both their surrounding communities and the Texas economy.
As your strategic partner for local government management, the Comptroller’s office is pleased to present this issue of Texas Rising, which offers valuable resources and tips on funding, developing and promoting your community’s state parks and recreational offerings.
In this issue, we travel to Texas’ own grand canyon, the vast Palo Duro Canyon. Ranked among the state’s most visited destinations, Palo Duro Canyon and its annual “TEXAS” musical drama bring an economic impact of more than $30 million each season to the Panhandle area. We share how the nonprofit Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation has partnered with Palo Duro Canyon State Park to help support park infrastructure and promote the TEXAS musical.
We also visit the Hill Country’s Canyon of the Eagles Nature Park and Lodge, a successful partnership between the Lower Colorado River Authority and private investors that has yielded a popular destination for both outdoor adventurers and indoor enthusiasts.
We spotlight the Central Texas Hills and Rivers Region, a nonprofit group that promotes the lush parks and outdoor recreational offerings of its member counties of McCulloch, Menard, Kimble and Concho. We share information on local and state grants that local government leaders can pursue to fund recreation projects in their communities.
When it comes to economic development, creating jobs and generating new levels of prosperity, local governments in Texas are focused on rising to the occasion every time.
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