Economic Development

Economic Development Links

Funding & Educational Links   Texas Links
Permian Basin Links   Texas State Comptroller Links
Planning Resource Links   Texas Workforce Commission Links
Research & Data Links    

Funding and Education Links:

Community 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.

Community Connect Grants Information on grants for projects that link community services, expand access to Internet resources, and enhance life for community citizens.

Distance learning and Telemedicine Grants Information on grants for leveraging video conferencing technology to extend educational and healthcare services to underserved areas.

Economic 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.

Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Grants Information on grants for smart grid, renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities.

Firefighter 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, an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community.

Healthcare Grants Information on grants for a wide range of healthcare-related issues.

Health IT Grants Information on grants for leveraging technology for comprehensive management of medical information and its secure exchange between health care consumers and providers.

Higher Education Grants Information on grants for postsecondary education, higher education infrastructure, and development of new programs.

Homeland Security Grants Information on grants for preparedness, surveillance, and detection.

Interoperability Grants Information on grants for interoperable communications among police, fire, healthcare, and other emergency management service providers.

IT Grants Information on grants for a wide range of technologies in education, public safety, healthcare, and more.

Justice Grants Information on grants for law enforcement, courts, and corrections issues.

Public Education Grants Information on public education grants for primary and secondary schools.

Public Safety Grants Information on grants for community policing, school safety, drug enforcement and more.

School IT Grants Information on grants for leveraging technology to enhance school administration, improve student outcomes, and provide innovative opportunities for students and teachers.

Tribal Grants Information on grants for a wide range of Native American and tribal projects.



Permian Basin Links:


Planning Resource Links:


Bureau of Economic Analysis

Labor Market and Career Information

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

(Re)Building Downtowns

Sites on Texas

Technology Review, MIT

Texas Department of Transportation

Texas Ahead

Texas Education Agency

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Texas P-16 Initiatives

Texas Railroad Commission

Texas State Data Center

Texas Workforce Commission

The Texas Economy

U.S. Census Bureau

Union Pacific Railroad

UTPB - University of Texas Permian Basin

West Texas P-16 Initiative



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.

Irrigation Ditch Programs (GIS) - Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Irrigation Ditch Programs (Maps & Data) - Texas Water Development Board

Key Economic Indicators - Provided by the Texas Comptroller's office

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.

Sites On Texas showcases all that Texas has to offer existing and prospective employers by geographically mapping comparative, competitive workforce and industry information. (requires login)

Standardized Occupational Components for Research and Analysis of Trends in
Employment System

Texas Ahead 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.

Texas 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 Analysis is an online suite of labor analysis tools designed to provide insight into Texas’ labor supply and demand. Texas Labor Analysis (TLA) presents wage data, occupational projections, current labor supply, Help Wanted Online job posting data, and more. TLA empowers users to create in-depth reports for aggregated or single regions, showing labor demand, supply, and the gap between the two. The website also provides easy and quick reports containing the most commonly requested labor market data.

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 printed publications.

Permian Basin 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


Texas Links:

The High Ground of Texas
Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC)
Texas Economic Development Directory
Texas Industry Cluster


Texas State Comptroller Links:

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts - Link to Fiscal Notes - Fiscal Notes provides analysis and periodic summaries on the state government's financial statements.
Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC)
Texas Economic Development Directory
Texas Industry Cluster


Texas Workforce Commission Links:

Workforce Solutions of the Permian Basin - The one-stop shop for employers, job seekers & youth in assisting to find needed tools for workforce-related issues. Willie Taylor, Executive Director, 2911 LaForce Blvd, Midland TX (432) 563-5239.

Permian Basin Workforce Solutions

Association 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.

Center 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.

Center for 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.

Midland College 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.

Odessa 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.

Petroleum 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).

Texas 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.

Texas 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


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