Rural Economic Strategies and the State Development Budget: Issues and Policy Options for the “New Texas”

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Paper provides insights from 50 collected interviews with rural development administrators and practitioners in Texas.

Interviews suggest a need for a multi-level rural development system that responds to changes in the rural economy. Ideally, the multi-level system would operate through a statewide mandate with strong leadership from the Office of the Governor.

Policy recommendations in this paper are divided into three categories: 1) Recommendations for a new state rural development policy framework; 2) State policy recommendations for 1992-1993; 3) Specific program recommendations for 1992-1993.

Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group