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The Consortium strives to bring together chambers of commerce, economic development agencies, elected officials, local leadership and others to work together to meet current needs and plan for projected activity. Visit the Get Involved page for more information on joining other individuals and organizations focusing on community and economic development in their communities.

Rapid growth in the energy sector is not unique to West Texas. South Texas experienced an explosion of activity in the Eagle Ford Shale, while rural communities in Western North Dakota have also seen firsthand how exploration and production in the Bakken Shale impacted their everyday life. The experiences of others are valuable learning tools and present great opportunities for collaboration. The effect of expansion in Permian Basin oil and gas production can be felt, seen and heard throughout communities, and they are eager to work together in order to share and learn from each other. Check out this presentation by Ken Becker, WTxEC Chairman and Executive Director for the Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development, on the Cline Shale's Effect on the Texas Economy.

Visit the Texas Wide Open for Business interactive map by clicking here to find county and community profiles for the WTxEC region. For a broader look at the economic impact of oil and gas activity, visit our Studies & Reports page.

Community Development Quick Links

Texas Midwest Community Network (TMCN)
Partnership for Sustainable Communities
USDA National Ag Library – Rural Info Center

Local Economic Development Quick Links

Andrews EDC
Big Spring EDC
Brownwood EDC
Develop Abilene
Development Corp. of Snyder
Lamesa EDC
Midland EDC
Odessa EDC
San Angelo Development Corp.
Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development (SEED)
Tye EDC

Regional Economic Development Quick Links

The High Ground of Texas
University of Texas at San Antonio – Institute for Economic Development

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