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Planning & Economic Development

CAPCOG's Planning & Economic Development Division works closely with cities, counties, chambers of commerce and economic development corporations of the Texas capital area, providing education, training and expert assistance. Learn how the program supports the region, including the helpful information resources and services available to your organization or community.

Discover economic development 

What is economic development? It's the aim of improving economic conditions at various scales and geographies in a way that produces measurable benefit to the well-being of communities and their citizens. Economic developers work in diverse settings within the public, nonprofit and private sectors and use a wide range of tools relating to economic analysis, public finance, urban development, marketing and strategic planning.

CAPCOG’s program serves as a resource and partner for civic leaders, economic development professionals, researchers and community members to support economic development efforts throughout the region.

Get to know the Capital Area Economic Development District

CAPCOG manages the Capital Area Economic Development District. The nonprofit CAEDD, funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration, establishes regional economic development priorities in the capital area. What is the district's primary responsibility? Preparing the region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, a five-year plan that establishes regional goals and objectives for economic development.

> Learn more about the Capital Area Economic Development District.

CAPCOG develops a Capital Area Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy 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.

> Read the 2015-2020 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy and 2017 update.
> Contact Chris Schreck.

Explore CAPCOG’s economic development resources

CAPCOG provides valuable tools and resources relating to economic development. From periodic reporting on economic trends to in-depth analysis and benchmarking to the newly launched analytics-based Prosperous Places Program, CAPCOG's timely tools and information help jurisdictions, developers, community leaders and other stakeholders keep up with changes in the regional economy and prepare for tomorrow.

> Get the 2016 State of the Region slides.
> Download economic and demographic data.
> Check out CAPCOG publications and reports.
> Read Data Points, CAPCOG's semi-monthly economic development newsletter.

Get assistance with an EDA grant

The Capital Area Council of Governments will provide technical assistance for local governments seeking U.S. Economic Development Administration’s Public Works Program grants that strive to increase regional economic opportunities.

EDA’s Public Works Program supplies funds to communities to revitalize, expand or upgrade their physical infrastructure to attract new industry; encourage business expansion; diversify local economies; and generate or retain long-term, private sector jobs. It also can be used for acquisition or development of land and infrastructure investments needed to establish or expand industrial or commercial enterprises.

> Find more about EDA funding opportunities.
> Review the EDA funding cycles.
> Contact Chris Schreck.

Partner with CAPCOG

CAPCOG offers a broad set of services that support economic and community development. This includes providing in-depth economic analysis, managing special projects related to regional planning and economic strategy and helping communities devise new strategies for improved competitiveness.

> To discuss specific projects or available services, contact Chris Schreck.