Resource Guide

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Center for Community Support
Texas A&M University
(979) 458-3239

Rural Information Center

Civic Plus (website maintenance)


Federal funding opportunities for rural areas

Grants for rural communities

Neighborhoods On-line Fundraising

State of Texas Grant Alert Program

Funding Solutions

STELLAR Fundraising

Land Use

General Information:

US Department of Energy Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development

Urban Land Institute

Institute for Local Self-Government Community Land Use Project§ion=land&zone=ilsg

EPA Smart Growth Initiative


State of Texas Property Code

Legal Information Institute at Cornell University

Land Use Law
Washington University

Pace University Land Use Law Center


City of Cedar Park Comprehensive Plan

Flatonia, TX Comprehensive Plan

City of Austin

City of Victoria



Assorted Housing Links

Regulatory Barriers to Developing Affordable Housing

USDA Rural Development Housing Programs

HUD Rural Housing and Economic Development

Housing Assistance Council
(202) 842-8600


Rural Development Office, USDA

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
Community Development Programs
(512) 475-3900

Cen-Tex CDC

Capital Area Housing Finance Corporation

Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
(512) 477-8910

Habitat for Humanity

Enterprise Foundation
David Danenfelzer


Information on funding sources can be found at the "people" websites listed above 

Economic Development


Rural Information Center

SBA Online Library

Small Business Information Sites

Tip Sheets for Tourism Development

Succession Planning Information


Service Corps of Retired Executives
(800) 634-0245

Small Business Administration

Small Business Development Centers

Small Business Survival Committee

National Retail Foundation

Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center
(800) 625-4876


Skills Development Funds Program
Texas Workforce Commission
(512) 936-3120

Other funding available on the websites listed

Downtown Revitalization

General Information:

Downtown Research & Development Center

An Annotated Webliography of Downtown Revitalization Resources
(Compiled by the University of Hawaii at Mano)

National Main Street Center (Main Street USA)

International Downtown Association

Texas Downtown Association

Pew Partnerships

Examples of Revitalization:

City of Huntsville, TX

City of Bertram, TX

City of La Grange, TX

City of Summerside, Canada

St. Croix Valley Development Design Study

City of Oakland, Maine

Town of Paradise, West Virginia


National Park Service
(Mainly for historic preservation)

Texas Department of Agriculture Rural Economic Development Division

US Department of Agriculture Rural Development

Parks and Recreation

General Park Information:

Texas Parks and Wildlife (General Information)

Lower Colorado River Authority

National Park Service

Trust for Public Land

Rails to Trails Conservancy

Greenspace Design

Texas Trails Network

Playground and Other Equipment:

(This is not an endorsement of a particular company, just an information resource)
South Texas School Furniture


Gametime, Inc.

Landscape Structures, Inc.

Playground Equipment.Com
This is a site sponsored by several manufacturers of playground equipment


Lower Colorado River Authority
Paul Scallon

Texas Department of Transportation / TEA-21

Gametime, Inc.

Texas Parks and Wildlife

The Urban Parks Institute

The Trust for Public Land



Texas Water Development Board

Lower Colorado River Authority

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Water Infrastructure Network

American Water Works Association

Texas Office of Rural Community Affairs (ORCA)

USDA Rural Development


Public-Private Partnerships in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

National League of Cities


Texas Office of Rural Community Affairs (ORCA)

USDA Rural Development


Lower Colorado River Authority

Fayette Electric Co-op

American Public Power Association

Electric Reliability Council of Texas

The Electricity Forum


Texas Department of Transportation

State Infrastructure Bank

Capital Area Regional Transportation Planning Organization

Fayette County

US Department of Transportation

Emergency Services:

Fire and EMS Network

Texas Department of Public Safety

Texas Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Management EMS Standards


Texas Education Agency