The pilot seminar of the Rural Economic and Tourism Development Seminar series will be held March 26-27, in Van Horn, Texas. The seminar series was developed by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) in collaboration with AdventGX Corporation as part of the agency’s efforts to provide economic development support to rural and underserved communities. The seminars will provide a venue for rural leaders from within a region to learn about best practices in rural economic development and collaborate with peers to discuss new models and generate ideas and opportunities for enhancing regional cooperation.
The seminar will feature presentations by noted community, economic and tourism development professionals, as well as an update on rural development from the Office of the Governor, Economic and Tourism. In addition to TEEX, AdventGX and Van Horn, the seminar is being sponsored by a number of entities, including El Paso Electric, Capital Farm Credit, First Ag Credit, Luz de Estrella Winery, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
TEEX is a state agency that fosters community economic development through workforce analysis, technical assistance and economic development training, helping cities establish a targeted plan for recruitment and business growth. TEEX supports communities throughout Texas, the nation and internationally seeking to broaden their economic base through development and implementation of strong tourism strategies and enterprises. As a member of The Texas A&M University System, TEEX also offers training and technical assistance programs in fire services, homeland security, public works, public safety and security, safety and health, and search and rescue.
AdventGX is a private corporation specializing in economic and tourism development for communities and businesses. AdventGX serves clients throughout North America, including a number of West Texas projects, most notably Van Horn Economic Development Corporation and the Big Bend Texas Mountain Travel Association, for whom AdventGX produced the 2007-2008 Big Bend Texas Mountain Travel Guide.
The Town of Van Horn is currently embarking on a seven year economic development initiative, also known as Project7. Some of the projects currently underway as part of the Van Horn Economic Development Initiative include Texas Mountain Apartments, a local retail incubator, Texas Mountain Mercantile, establishing a local community foundation, and various Main Street renovation projects.