Rural Development

The Governor's Office Rural Development Initiative embodies several objectives to assist rural communities and small businesses to create and retain jobs through business development and community strategic planning assistance. Through various partnerships with federal, state, and local agencies, the office promotes agricultural diversification, small town revitalization, and market development both domestically and internationally.

The Governor's Office Rural Development Initiative focuses on the following:

  • Promoting rural entrepreneurship in Texas
  • Assisting rural communities in their small business growth and development plans
  • Identifying and expanding markets available to rural communities
  • Working closely with the Texas Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop programs that assist rural communities

The following organizations are also committed to promoting rural development initiatives in Texas:

  • Texas Rural Foundation
    The Texas Rural Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that was established by the Texas Department of Rural Affairs to raise money from public, private, corporate, and other sources in order to finance health, community development, and economic development programs in rural Texas. Their goal is to be a big resource for small Texas communities.
  • Association of Rural Communities in Texas (ARCIT)
    Serving as a strong voice and resource to government, ARCIT promotes the policy of best practices in the delivery of public services to enhance the quality of life for all rural Texans.


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