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Publications

Most CAPCOG publications are available to the public at no charge as PDFs. Items on this page are listed chronologically, with most recently updated items first. The drop-down menu lists each item alphabetically. Printed versions are available to the public at cost of reproduction plus labor and shipping. To order a print, view the fee schedule and contact Director of Administration Sheila Jennings.

> Get the fee schedule.

Updated Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy 2015 - 2020, 2017 update (July 2017)

The 2017 Update to the 2015- 2020 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) features updated data and analysis for the region, with particular focus on:

  • Population Growth
  • Jobs and Employment
  • Workforce and Education,
  • Challenges the Capital Area faces
  • Updated Performance Metrics

Many of the trends identified and discussed in detail in the initial edition of the2015-2020 CEDS are still relevant and are observed in the updated data. Population continues to grow, adding roughly 50,000 people per year to the Capital Area. The highest rates of population increase are in the counties that contain the IH-35 corridor, but growth is increasingly taking place to the east and west as well. Many of the newcomers to the region are highly-skilled and highly-educated workers, promising strong, innovation-driven economic growth and opportunity for the region in years to come.

> Download the 2015-2020 CEDS 2017 Update.

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Regional Solid Waste Grants Program Funding Report (April 2017)

The Texas Association of Regional Councils', Impact & Results in your Region, Regional Solid Waste Grants Program Funding Report, Fiscal Year 2014/2015.

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CAEDD Labor Market Analysis

The CAEDD Labor Market Analysis includes a compilation of statistics such as the region’s unemployment rate, an employment by industry cluster forecast, employment by occupation group, wages by occupation group, occupation supply gaps in the region, and occupation supply gaps by education attainment.

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CAPCOG 2016 State of the Region Presentation (Sept. 2016)

The CAPCOG 2016 State of the Region Presentation addressed popular perceptions versus realities throughout region. It focused on topics such as population, transportation, land use and development and environmental quality.

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Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy 2015 - 2020, 2016 update (July 2016)

The 2016 Update to the 2015-2020 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) features updated data and analysis for the region, with particular focus on:

  • Population Growth, 
  • Jobs and Employment,
  • Workforce and Education,
  • Challenges the Capital Area faces, and
  • Updated Performance Metrics for the region.

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Burnet County Comprehensive Transportation Plan (Dec. 2010)

The Burnet County Comprehensive Transportation Plan takes the vision of the citizens and technical advisors and culminates it into a tool we can use to prepare for our future. The plan presents the results of a traffic model utilizing various transportation improvements. The traffic model and the results incorporated into the plan will aid local and regional elected officials in decision-making. Importantly, the plan reflects the vision of a cross-section of the county. It reflects a desire to ensure the permanence of the natural beauty of the County while planning and preparing for the growth that will keep the County viable. This plan was a collaborative effort of local, county and regional governments, consultants, residents, transportation experts and elected officials.

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Blanco County Transportation and Economic Development Plan (Jan. 2014)

The Blanco County Transportation and Economic Development Plan is the result of a collaborative effort between Blanco County and the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) with support from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) to develop a vision for economic growth and transportation improvements to guide Blanco County through the year 2040.

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Lee County Transportation and Economic Development Plan (Dec. 2014)

Lee County, TxDOT, and CAPCOG developed the Lee County Transportation and Economic Development Plan to identify transportation priorities and integrate strategies for economic growth. The plan recognizes the need for coordination of significant countywide projects and is a blueprint for future transportation facilities. Extensive public input was obtained to ensure that the goals and strategies represent the interests of Lee County residents and stakeholders.

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Llano County Transportation and Economic Development Plan (Dec. 2015)

Llano County, TxDOT, and CAPCOG developed the Llano County Transportation and Economic Development Plan to identify transportation priorities and integrate those priorities with strategies for economic growth. The plan recognizes the need for coordination of significant countywide
projects and is a blueprint for future transportation facilities. Extensive public input was obtained to ensure that the goals and strategies represent the interests of Llano County residents and stakeholders.

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Five Centers for Regional Innovation: Industry Clusters in Local Economic Development

This report examines five Centers for Regional Innovation projects supported by the Economic Development Administration in different regions to highlight successes and best practices. By analyzing successful approaches to supporting economic development in five different regions, each in a different state, and each with different circumstances, practitioners can learn why it’s important to evolve, keeping pace with the needs of the communities they serve.

The commonality between the five case studies included in this analysis was the criteria set out by EDA’s Austin Regional Office – innovation and clusters. But in each case, these were tackled using strategies that were well suited for that region. This report reinforces why economic development is rarely achieved with “off the shelf” strategies but rather, a methodical process that assesses the opportunities against the assets, the gaps, and the resources necessary.

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State of the Region 2013

Central Texas is scoring continued momentum out of the recession, staying ahead of the pack on key economic factors and experiencing renewed interest in rural communities’ traditional downtowns. CAPCOG's 2013 State of the Region slide show highlights various trends and stats in a look at the capital area. 

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Housing Opportunity in Central Texas Report (May 2014)

CAPCOG's Housing Opportunity in Central Texas report, created as part of the HUD-funded Sustainable Places Project, summarizes key findings of data analysis, deliberation and application of the many planning tools - built by the project - that will impact future policy decisions.

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CAPCOG State of the Region Presentation 2015 (Dec. 2015)

The 2015 Capital Area State of the Region Presentation was delivered to the CAPCOG General Assembly on Dec. 9, 2015.

By many measures, 2015 was another banner year for the Capital Area. However, strong growth also exacerbated challenges in the region. The 2015 Capital Area State of the Region Presentation examines the trends shaping life in the region by reviewing the changes in population, occupation types and salaries per households, educational obtainment, cost of housing, poverty levels, commuting trends and more.

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Capital Area Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (May 2015)

CAPCOG develops a Capital Area Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) every five years. The strategy is written to hopefully provide useful regional information, guidance, and perspective to local economic development stakeholders on a city, county, or regional level. It is produced during a year-long planning process that is inclusive of diverse representatives in the public, private, and non-profit sectors throughout the Capital Area. The strategy intends to provide a conceptual framework for local actors to strengthen the competiveness, economic resilience, and quality of life in the Capital Area.

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Quality Growth Toolbox

This collection of resources, curated by Envision Central Texas in partnership with the University of Texas, offers a wealth of information to help guide development in the region. 

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A Vision for Central Texas (May 2004)

This report, prepared by Envision Central Texas and informed by input from across the region, serves as a guide to implementing selected strategies as the capital area navigates growth and other change.

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Central Texas Benchmarking Analysis (October 2013)

In this report prepared by CAPCOG's Community & Economic Development Program, get a comparative snapshot of the Austin metropolitan area in categories spanning population growth, gross regional product, employment growth, educational attainment, housing costs, small-business strength and much more. 

> Get the report

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Mixed-Use Development in Central Texas: A Case Study (Updated May 2012)

This case study on mixed-used development in Central Texas looks at the Midtown Commons and Cedar Park Town Center. Produced in cooperation with Envision Central Texas and other partners, the report debuted in October 2011 and was updated in May 2012.

> Get the report

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Pecan Street Inc. Summary Report with Technical Addendum (April 2012)

This report summarizes CAPCOG's involvement in an initiative to develop an innovation-based industry cluster of Central Texas clean-energy companies and organizations, especially in the realm of smart grid technology. The report also includes a technical addendum detailing the logistics, challenges and benefits of creating a smart grid and clean-energy economic cluster. Funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration, the collaboration between CAPCOG and Pecan Street Inc. explored the use of smart grid technology in a residential setting, including potential benefits to consumers, business and the environment. CAPCOG won a 2012 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations Research Foundation for this project.

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State of the City Reports (Updated Aug. 2012)

As part of the Sustainable Places Project, the Cities of Elgin, Dripping Springs, Hutto, and Lockhart will demonstrate the benefits of integrating housing and mobility with economic opportunities in high growth areas. Over the next two years the demonstration sites will develop plans based on community goals with assistance from planning consultants and from a new planning analytics tool, all part of a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The folllowing State of the City reports were presented to each community participating in the project.

Elgin     Dripping Springs     Hutto     Lockhart

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State of the County Reports (Updated Aug. 2012)

The State of the County reports, which include information about population, income, housing, commuting patterns and education are produced at the request of the County. The purpose of the State of the County initiative is to provide county-specific information on demographic and economic trends to community leaders who are planning for major population growth. CAPCOG has recently developed a State of the County Report for Burnet, Hays, Llano, Williamson and Caldwell Counties.

Burnet     Hays     Llano     Williamson     Caldwell

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CAPCOG County Profiles: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates (Updated Jan. 2011)

The U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) program recently released its first ever 5-year estimates. Importantly, the 5-year estimates provide the first new U.S. Census Bureau statistics for the entire CAPCOG region since 2000.  The following county profiles provide an examination of regional trends across 9 critical demographic and economic elements: population growth; age distribution; racial and ethnic composition; educational attainment; unemployment; median household income; mode of commute; housing type; and household type.

Executive Summary- PDF (581 KB)

Bastrop- PDF (179 KB)
Blanco- PDF (211 KB)
Burnet- PDF (209 KB)
Caldwell- PDF (174 KB)
Fayette- PDF (212 KB)
Hays- PDF (173 KB)
Lee- PDF (137 KB)
Llano- PDF (136 KB)
Travis- PDF (137 KB)
Williamson- PDF (172 KB)

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CAPCOG Assessment of Growth and Development (Updated Dec. 2010)

The Capital Area Council of Governments Growth Assessment Subcommittee released its November 2010 report examining four key areas: Water, Land Use, Transportation, and Economic Development.  The report documents regional assets, identifies issues and challenges and offers policy recommendations for each key area.  The effort was an initiative originally identified in CAPCOG's strategic plan. 

Adobe PDF - (2.6 MB)

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State of Workforce 2010 - Austin Round Rock MSA (Updated Jul. 2010)

Workforce Solutions Capital Area and Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area contracted with CAPCOG for a workforce study looking at some of the key trends including population, education and skill attainment, income, labor force participation, barriers to employment (e.g. limited English proficiency), commutation patterns, labor market (industry and occupation) trends, and workforce demand and supply. The study was published in June 2010. 

Adobe PDF- (1.4 MB)

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County Land Use Authority in Texas (Updated Nov. 2009)

In response to the issues created by the high rate of residential and commercial growth in unincorporated areas of urban and suburban Texas counties, the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) announces the release of its report on county land use authority in Texas.  This report highlights the current state of counties’ ability to manage growth, detailing the specific chapters in Texas Code that grant counties the ability to regulate land use while pointing out innovations that some counties have made in the exercise of their authority.  CAPCOG intends this report to be the first in a series on county land use authority, with the next release covering strategies to provide counties experiencing rapid growth the powers they need to promote quality development.

Adobe PDF - (6.11 MB)

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CAPCOG Addressing Guidelines (Updated Nov. 2009)


The purpose of these guidelines is to utilize a uniform road naming and property address numbering system to the incorporated municipalities and unincorporated areas of the region in order to:

• Enhance and ensure the easy and rapid location of properties for public safety and emergency services response;

• Expedite postal and package delivery;

• Facilitate public utilities and business services;

• Aid urban and rural planning

Adobe PDF- (1.4 MB)

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Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (Updated Jul. 2010)

The Capital Area Economic Development District's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Committee, staffed by CAPCOG, has adopted a 2010-2015 economic development plan, fulfilling a requirement of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration. As an economic development district, CAPCOG receives planning funds from the federal EDA.

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Central Texas Greenprint for Growth (Updated Nov. 2009)

The Central Texas Greenprint for Growth is a tool for balancing sustainable conservation goals with the infrastructure needs of our rapidly urbanizing region. The process combines community stakeholder input about conservation goals and priorities with geographic information systems mapping and modeling technology to produce graphic illustrations highlighting opportunity areas for conservation that meet multiple goals. Visit the maps page to view the Interactive Greenprint Map and download PDF versions of individual county maps. To download Google Earth and GIS Data for Greenprint, visit the Geospatial Data page.

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ECT Preferred Scenario: 2003 Graphic Model

This dataset is a generalized cartographic presentation of the 2003 ECT Data Model developed by Fregonese Calthorpe Associates CAPCOG has made this data available in GIS formats. (metadata)

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ECT Preferred Scenario: 2003 Data Model

Since 2002 Envision Central Texas has engaged residents in the Central Texas Region to envision their future development options. This data is based of grid cells that represent the most popular scenario. (metadata)

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Construction & Demolition (C&D) Waste Diversion Report (June 2005)

This report finalized in provides information to better understand construction and demolition waste diversion by answering the following questions:

  • What are the options for addressing C&D wastes in the CAPCOG region?
  • What are some examples of C&D diversion that are possible in the CAPCOG region?
  • What are other real world examples of programs that might work in the CAPCOG region?
  • What are the problems faced in the diversion of C&D wastes? Who are the regional, state, and national experts on C&D waste landfill diversion?

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Waste Minimization and Landfill Alternatives (June 2005)

The Waste Minimization and Landfill Alternatives Study evaluates the economic and operational feasibility of implementing various waste minimization options. CAPCOG retained R. W. Beck to conduct this Waste Minimization and Landfill Alternatives Study. This study entailed three primary tasks: 

  • Waste Stream Analysis
  • Evaluation of Waste Minimization Options and Landfill Alternatives
  • Review of Successful Waste Minimization Programs

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