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Eagle Ford: Cuellar announces $1 million grant for Eagle Ford Shale program at UTSA
U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, has announced that the Economic Development Administration has awarded the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) a $1 million grant for its Eagle Ford Shale (EFS) Community Development Program.
This project is designed to help diversify the economic base in South Texas to ensure the long-term sustainability of the recent gains as a result of the exploration of the Eagle Ford shale. As a result of the development of strategic plans using this grant, South Texas communities will receive the tools they need to address issues of long-term economic growth.
“UTSA has created a 21st century vision for Tier One. The Eagle Ford Shale Community Development Program will further help fulfill that vision by driving research, job creation, and major economic impact to the EFS region,” said Al Salgado of UTSA’s South-West Texas Border Network Small Business Development Center at the Institute for Economic Development. “UTSA’s School of Architecture, Public Policy, and the Institute for Economic Development will play a key role in working with public and private partnerships to support growth for rural communities and small businesses impacted by the shale play.”
The Eagle Ford Shale Community Development Program will include six modules:
•Collaboration with the Eagle Ford Shale Consortium: UTSA will work closely with the Consortium to increase its capacity to provide outreach assistance to communities in the EFS.
•Strategic planning assistance: UTSA will engage EFS communities in strategic planning and facilitate the development of at least seven strategic plans specific to community needs.
•Leadership training: UTSA will identify gaps in leadership experience among EFS communities and provide targeted training based upon UTSA’s existing training modules. UTSA will hold at least six leadership seminars, each consisting of five half-day sessions, and seek participants from all 18-target counties.
•Regional conference: UTSA, in collaboration with the EFS Consortium, will hold a regional conference. Participants will include all 18 EFS counties and will share case studies of best practices and encourage collaboration among EFS communities.
•EFS community technical assistance: UTSA will provide technical assistance to communities in the 18 targeted counties, including support for business development, development of public-private partnerships, and sustainable development.
•Council of Govern-
ments/Economic Develop-ment Corporations outreach: UTSA will provide information and assistance to regional economic development planning organizations to facilitate updating of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy to include post-EFS development activity.
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