The Economic Development Department of the PBRPC serves the
17 counties of the Permian Basin as a resource for county
and city officials to use for economic and business development
activities that help to create a region of economic growth
In January 2008, the PBRPC received a U.S. Department
of Commerce, Economic Development Administration grant to
plan for regional services for economic development, and to
develop a Comprehensive Development Strategy for the 17-county
region. The Commission's board of directors representing each
of the counties realized the need to address issues that include
emerging industries, workforce and the infrastructure which
impact the diversification and economic security of the region.
It formed a CEDS committee and conducted a regional planning
forum to map and analyze the region's economic resources.
As a result, goals and objectives addressing the areas of
workforce and education development, transportation and infrastructure,
housing, industry diversification, regional marketing and
outreach are addressed in the CEDS.
The Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission
has applied to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development
Administration for Economic Development District Designation
for the benefit of the region's ability to continue progress
toward meeting the goals and objectives contained in the CEDS.