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Planning & Economic Development


CAPCOG's Planning & Economic Development (PED) leads CAPCOG’s transportation planning, economic development, housing policy advocacy, criminal justice planning, and GIS activities. It provides data, maps, interactive visualizations, and strategic guidance to support local initiatives throughout the region.

Economic Development

The CAPCOG Economic Development Program supports broad-based, efficient, and sustainable economic growth in the ten-county region. The program provides data and analysis to local economic development organizations, cities and counties to help target economic development efforts throughout the region. CAPCOG also is designated by the Economic Development Administration as the Economic Development District for the region.

> Read about the district.

Working on behalf of the district, PED develops the Capital Area Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), a five-year plan that establishes regional goals and objectives for economic development. The strategy provides 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 nonprofit 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 CEDS and 2018 update.

Regional Data, Data Points, and other resources

PED provides valuable tools and resources relating to economic development. From periodic reporting on economic trends to in-depth analysis and benchmarking, 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.

Central Texas Regional Data

CAPCOG and PED has compiled and regularly updates Central Texas Regional Data that local stakeholders can find useful for policy and economic development planning.

Data Points

Data Points is a blog dedicated to policy and planning issues in the Capital Area region. Articles written for Data Points often feature interactive graphs, charts and maps to create a more engaging understanding of the topics.

Specialized Economic Development Reports

CAPCOG is often commissioned to draft reports on a variety of topics related to economic development, planning and resiliency. Previous reports can be found on the CAPCOG Publications page.

The Disaster Resiliency & Recovery in the Texas Capital Area, The Economic Impact and Local Response to the 2015 Memorial Day Disaster Event report is one of CAPCOG’s latest economic development reports. It summarizes much of the available disaster data in an effort to quantify the economic impacts of the disaster event.

> Read the report.

Data Request

CAPCOG is committed to providing the region with the information needed to make informed planning and policy decisions to include demographics, workforce data, information for site selectors, and more. Most available data can be found in the Data, Maps, and Reports and Central Texas Regional Data sections, but if CAPCOG can help provide other regional data or analysis to your organization, let us know.

> Submit a data request.

Get assistance with an EDA grant

CAPCOG provides technical assistance for local governments seeking EDA Public Works Program grants that strive to increase regional economic opportunities. The grant 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.
> Contact Chris Schreck, Regional Planning and Services director.

Transportation Planning

CAPCOG supports the Capital Area Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CARTPO). It helps the regional group of local elected officials to identify and prioritize transportation needs throughout the region, share information across jurisdictions, and consolidate regional transportation advocacy efforts.

> Read more about CARTPO.

In addition, PED provides planning support for CAPCOG’s Commute Solutions program, a multi-agency, regionally coordinated initiative to reduce the number of single occupancy motor vehicles on roadways.

> Read about Commute Solutions.

Housing Policy

The Capital Area Aging and Disability Resource Center and PED partner to advocate for housing affordability and accessibility throughout the region, particularly on behalf of the Capital Area’s older adults and disabled populations. The partnership works to catalogue existing stock of affordable and accessible housing, assess unmet housing needs, identify obstacles to constructing more affordable and accessible housing stock, and collaborate with local jurisdictions to implement solutions to housing challenges.

> Learn about the Capital Area Aging and Disability Resource Center.

Criminal Justice Planning

The Office of the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division (CJD) works through CAPCOG to administer funding for regional programs engaged in criminal justice activities. CAPCOG’s Criminal Justice Program and its Criminal Justice Advisory Committee (CJAC) create a regional Criminal Justice Plan annually that guides the allocation of grant funding to areas of need in the region. 

> Learn more about CJAC.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

CAPCOG’s GIS Program manages several programs and committees that contribute to coordinated and insightful use of GIS throughout the region. Most notably, CAPCOG’s GIS program maintains the database of addresses used by the region’s 9-1-1 and emergency communications systems. The GIS program also facilitates cooperative aerial imagery purchases for regional jurisdictions and supports GIS departments throughout the Capital Area with ad hoc mapping and geospatial analysis expertise.

> Find Geospatial data and imagery.
> Learn more about CAPCOG’s geospatial data and regional GIS advisory committees.

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 Schreck.