A message from the Comptroller
Expertise is a goal we all hope to attain. Hard work, initiative and smart decision-making can help each of us along the way.
In this issue of Texas Rising, read how economic developers and local governments are honing their expertise, developing their employees’ skills and bringing great ideas to fruition.
County governments are taking advantage of a shared service that’s bringing transparency to their operations at little or no cost; the County Information Resources Agency hosts websites for more than 180 counties and some municipalities, too, and helps them manage their online presence.
Big ideas are taking shape in a growing North Texas community where a defunct, foreclosed quarry was acquired by Bridgeport Economic Development Corporation and a plan to create a part business, part recreational site is being executed. Read how Endeavor Bridgeport has welcomed its first ventures — T Top Manufacturing and Northwest OHV, a park for drivers to have fun off-road.
Find out, too, how Central Texas utility companies are using in-house training and a collaboration with Austin Community College to make sure they don’t run short of skilled line workers. And learn about factors governments should consider when planning investments that require borrowing.
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Smart Practice: Sharing facilities is friendly deal for taxpayers
Friendswood Independent School District earned five stars for efficiency and academic success in the Comptroller’s 2011 Financial Allocation Study for Texas, placing it among an elite group of fewer than 50 Texas public school districts and charter schools to earn the top rating.
Managing taxpayer dollars efficiently while providing vital school services is an important balancing act that school leaders must get right. Among Friendswood’s smart practices is the partnership the school district entered with the city of Friendswood to build a new junior high school.
Hear from Superintendent Trish Hanks how sharing land purchased for a city park let the school district and city jointly develop tennis courts, a running track, and other recreational facilities that the community and school district both use to get the most value for the investment. TR
Find more Smart Practices at FASTexas.org.