Community Based Planning - Center for Rural Studies

The Center for Rural Studies Releases the Grimes County Texas Strategic Plan

With the overall project goal of releasing a 5-year plan voiced by county citizens and set at improving critical infrastructure as well as developing new projects/programs, The Center for Rural Studies at Sam Houston State University was pleased to release the final version of the Grimes County Texas Strategic Plan on May 10, 2016 at the public meeting of the County Commissioners Court. The final version of the Grimes County Texas Strategic Plan can be viewed below.

To view the final draft of the Grimes County Plan, click here.

****Professional or academic use of the Grimes County Texas Strategic Plan must be accompanied with written permission.****

For information regarding the Grimes County Strategic Plan, contact Dr. Michael Fortunato at

Preparing for the Future: A Guide to Community-Based Planning

SRDC 2009

Gene L. Theodori, Sam Houston State University

Across the nation, the desire for rural and small town community and economic development stakeholders to solve local problems and reduce socioeconomic disparities is increasingly recognized by state policymakers, local elected officials and citizens. Moreover, the need to attract and retain sufficient levels of human capital in rural areas to improve the overall quality of life is often a major priority for many communities. In the southern United States, county Extension agents (hereafter referred to as CEAs), particularly those located in nonmetropolitan counties, are increasingly being called upon to provide leadership for community and economic development efforts.

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