Economic Development Links
Funding and Education Links:
Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program
that provides communities with resources to address a wide range
of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG
program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD.
The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to 1180
general units of local government and States.
Connect Grants Information on grants for projects that link
community services, expand access to Internet resources, and enhance
life for community citizens.
learning and Telemedicine Grants Information on grants for leveraging
video conferencing technology to extend educational and healthcare
services to underserved areas.
Development Administration (EDA) was established under the Public
Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. ¤ 3121), as
amended, to generate jobs, help retain existing jobs, and stimulate
industrial and commercial growth in economically distressed areas
of the United States. EDA assistance is available to rural and urban
areas of the nation experiencing high unemployment, low income,
or other severe economic distress.
Efficiency & Renewable Energy Grants Information on grants
for smart grid, renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities.
Grants Information on grants for fire departments and other
disaster response agencies.
is your source to FIND and APPLY for federal government grants.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be
the managing partner for Grants.gov, an initiative that is having
an unparalleled impact on the grant community.
Grants Information on grants for a wide range of healthcare-related
IT Grants Information on grants for leveraging technology for
comprehensive management of medical information and its secure exchange
between health care consumers and providers.
Education Grants Information on grants for postsecondary education,
higher education infrastructure, and development of new programs.
Security Grants Information on grants for preparedness, surveillance,
Grants Information on grants for interoperable communications
among police, fire, healthcare, and other emergency management service
Information on grants for a wide range of technologies in education,
public safety, healthcare, and more.
Grants Information on grants for law enforcement, courts, and
Education Grants Information on public education grants for
primary and secondary schools.
Safety Grants Information on grants for community policing,
school safety, drug enforcement and more.
IT Grants Information on grants for leveraging technology to
enhance school administration, improve student outcomes, and provide
innovative opportunities for students and teachers.
Grants Information on grants for a wide range of Native American
and tribal projects.
Permian Basin Links:
Planning Resource Links:
Research & Data Links:
Bureau of Labor Statistics
is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government
in the broad field of labor economics and statistics.
Ditch Programs (GIS) - Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Ditch Programs (Maps & Data) - Texas Water Development Board
Economic Indicators - Provided by the Texas Comptroller's
Rural Assistance Center (RAC) a rural health and human services
"information portal." RAC helps rural communities and
other rural stakeholders access the full range of available programs,
funding, and research that can enable them to provide quality health
and human services to rural residents.
On Texas showcases all that Texas has to offer existing
and prospective employers by geographically mapping comparative,
competitive workforce and industry information. (requires login)
Occupational Components for Research and Analysis of Trends in
Employment System (Socrates)
Texas' diverse economy and population have helped keep our state
on a path of growth -- This link is the Comptroller's 12 Economic
Regions based on shared geographic and economic characteristics.
Industry Profile provides industry-based information and regional
analysis tools to assist local workforce and economic development
professionals to better understand, clearly describe, Texas regional
industry structure and workforce dynamics. The site addresses aspects
of industry dispersion, employment dynamics, labor supply, industrial
clustering and related analyses to provide a foundation for Texas
economic development activities.
Texas Labor Market
& Career Information Department (LMCI) of the Texas Workforce Commission
provides statistics and analyses on the dynamics of the Texas labor
market and informational products designed to support informed educational
and career decisions. In addition, LMCI provides a wide array of
career and occupational information through software programs and
Oil & Gas Magazine - A monthly magazine for those who work
in the oil and gas industry.
U.S. Department of Commerce
Bureau of Economic Analysis
The High Ground
Texas Economic Development
Economic Development Directory
Texas State Comptroller Links:
Comptroller of Public Accounts - Link to Fiscal Notes - Fiscal
Notes provides analysis and periodic summaries on the state
government's financial statements.
Development Council (TEDC)
Economic Development Directory
Texas Workforce Commission Links:
Solutions of the Permian Basin - The one-stop shop for employers,
seekers & youth in assisting to find needed tools for workforce-related
for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) is the national leadership
organization and the voice of microenterprise development. By providing
cutting edge training, knowledge sharing, Federal and State public
policy and advocacy, and communications, AEO empowers a community
of nearly 500 member organizations to be uniquely effective in serving
the needs of micro-entrepreneurs who do not have access to traditional
sources of business education or capital.
for Energy and Economic Diversification (CEED) - houses the Small
Business Development Center (SBDC), the Economic Development
Administration University Center (EDA), and the Petroleum Industry
Alliance (PIA). These units work together in helping the people
and economy of the Permian Basin during a transition from an oil-dominated
economy to a more diversified economy. Efforts are aimed at providing
assistance to the petroleum industry through the PIA in order to
assure that it remains a viable part of the economy well into the
twenty-first century. At the same time CEED works through the SBDC
and EDA to assist individuals and communities in efforts to diversify
the economy as the petroleum sector in the Permian Basin declines.
Financial Services Innovation develops and distributes real-world
tested research and strategy, provides funding to promising companies,
and facilitates cross-sector business collaboration. We work with
banks, credit unions, technology vendors, alternative service providers,
consumer advocates and policy makers to forge the pioneering relationships,
products and strategies that will transform industry practice and
the lives of underbanked consumers across the economic, geographic
and cultural spectrum.
Corporation for Enterprise
Development (CFED) expands economic opportunity by helping Americans
start and grow businesses, go to college, own a home, and save for
their children's and own economic futures.
Workforce Continuing Education (WFCE) offers courses designed
to assist students in developing or enhancing their occupational
skills. WFCE also offers retraining for students interested in pursuing
new career opportunities as well as certifications and mandatory
licensure updates for both technical and non-technical professions.
The Midland College WFCE department works with individuals and professional
groups to develop and organize applicable continuing education course
offerings, seminars and forums.
College will bring you a fully customized workforce development
package that delivers well-trained, motivated employees that contribute
to your bottom line and add value to your organization.
Professional Development Center of Midland College provides
quality continuing education for the Permian Basin Energy Industries.
The center is one of seven mid-career training centers worldwide
recognized by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).
Association of Regional Councils (TARC) was organized in 1973
by interlocal agreement among Texas' 24 regional councils of governments.
The statewide association assists the regional councils in strengthening
their capabilities to serve their local government members; provides
a forum for the regular exchange of information and ideas; educates
other governmental entities, public and private organizations, and
the general public about the services and functions of regional
councils; and represents the councils before both state and federal
agencies and legislative bodies. Each of the regional councils pays
membership dues to participate.
Department of Rural Affairs (TDRA) (formerly Office of Rural
Community Affairs (ORCA) is dedicated to rural Texas, & makes
the broad resources of state government more accessible to rural
communities. The agency ensures a continuing focus on rural issues,
monitors governmental actions, recommends solutions to problems
affecting rural Texas, and is a provider of rural-focused state
and federal resources