AgriLife Extension, USDA partner on regional economic development initiative

Workshop scheduled Sept. 10 in Plainview

Contact: Gary Cross, 806-291-5267, gary.cross@ag.tamu.edu

Dr. Rebekka Dudensing, 979-845-1719, rmdudensing@tamu.edu

 COLLEGE STATION – Community members from across the High Plains are invited to a regional economic development workshop from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept.10 at the Ollie Liner Center, 2000 S. Columbia Street in Plainview.

The workshop, offered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development, will help community leaders to identify regional assets, interpret demographic and economic data, and create asset-based regional economic plans, according to organizers.

“The workshop is an introduction to the Stronger Economies Together (SET) program that helps rural communities capitalize on the strengths of the region to create jobs, wealth and economic development,” said Rebekka Dudensing, AgriLife Extension economist in College Station.

“SET provides facilitation and coaching for local community stakeholders to work together to develop a regional economic development plan,” said Dr. Jamie Rae Walker, AgriLife Extension specialist, College Station. “This community-based approach uses evidence-based planning and goal-setting to empower local action.”

Persons interested in attending the workshop should RSVP to Sandra Weaver at the AgriLife Extension office in Hale County at smweaver@ag.tamu.edu or 806-291-5267. Lunch will be provided.

AgriLife Extension and USDA-Rural Development are accepting applications for the full SET program through Oct. 1. More information about SET is available at http://communities.tamu.edu/stronger-economies-together-set/. Applicants need not participate in the introductory workshop to apply for the program.

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