CDBG and HOME Investment Partnerships Program are in Serious Jeopardy

by Bruce Spitzengel, Grantworks The State-administered federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) are in serious jeopardy based on the President’s budget proposal. Our federal political leaders may not be aware of the significant impact that these programs have on rural Texas, helping to improve infrastructure and housing for citizens.…

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Texas CDBG Colonia Planning Sample Documents

CDBG Colonia Planning Sample Documents are now available!! TX CDBG Colonia Planning Procurement Guidance (Word) (PDF) TX CDBG Colonia Planning Procurement Templates (Word) (PDF) TX CDBG Colonia Planning RFP Newspaper Advertisement (Word) (PDF)

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How should TxDOT prioritize Freight Projects?

TxDOT is hosting a series of workshops throughout the state to get your input on freight transportation system investments. (Flyer) We invite you to join us at one of the workshops near you! To register go to: www.movetexasfreight.com  

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TWDB – Regional Financial Assistance Workshops

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is pleased to invite you to a new style of workshop that provides valuable information while allowing for more one-on-one opportunities to discuss your project needs.  Your Regional Project Team, along with TWDB Program Coordinators, will be at the workshops to discuss specific projects and answer any questions you…

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Let the STAR Fund Help You Repair After the Panhandle Wildfires

Dear Friends, I am in the Texas Panhandle right now, surveying the damage from the recent wildfires that have burned large swaths of Texas ranchland. Seeing the damage up close brings home the devastation suffered by the farmers and ranchers here. Their resilient spirit is matched only by their neighbors willingness to help them get…

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How to pay for a $12 billion bullet train without asking Texas for money

Texas Central says global interest in American infrastructure will fund and finance a high-speed rail line from Dallas to Houston. Experts and critics are more skeptical. Read More>>

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Texas’ rural roots and urban future are on a high-speed collision course

A private firm’s proposed Houston-Dallas bullet train would connect two of America’s biggest metropolitan areas. But the 240-mile line would require a lot of country land that many Texans don’t want to give up. Read More>>

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Land dispute lies at the heart of bullet train battles

In both courthouses and at the state Capitol, opponents of a private company’s plans to build a Dallas-Houston bullet train have zeroed on in the firm’s claim that it has the authority to take land by condemnation if necessary. Read More>>

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TDA Healthy Community Network

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) Health Community Network (HCN) connects elected officials throughout the state who are committed to improving wellness throughout their communities TDA is in the initial stages of recruiting members. As a member, officials receive:   ·         Strategies for leveraging F&N Programs and initiatives in order to further advance their local initiatives ·         State-wide recognition for outstanding efforts ·         Data for assessing…

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Don’t Miss out on Funding from the Texas Emissions Reduction Program

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has a large amount of grant funding available to help reduce air pollution from older vehicles and heavy equipment.  The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) urges all organizations with vehicle or equipment fleets in the North Texas area to consider applying to these programs.  NCTCOG staff…

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