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.
Currently, Center Fellows are implementing a Community-Based Planning Process with residents of the city of Rosebud, Texas. This process has been made possible through the Heart of Texas Council of Governments.
The Center previously implemented this curriculum in Crockett, Texas with the Mary Allen Museum of African American Art and History, Inc. For more information click here or visit the MAM website here. The project involved empowering the organization to work to with the community in the process of restoring and transforming the Mary Allen College building into a state-of-the-art museum.