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College Station’s Veteran’s Park, Wolf Pen Creek District and Crompton Park were the focus of a local tour this week of parks and recreation best practices hosted by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and AdventGX Corporation. Representatives of Henrietta, Texas, visited College Station as part of a TEEX technical assistance project aimed at creating a community and economic development strategy for the small rural town located northwest of Fort Worth.

“Providing community leaders with the opportunity to experience outstanding examples of the types of projects that may prove valuable in their own town’s is key to generating the enthusiasm and energy required to make great things happen in small Texas towns,” explains Joan Tatge, director of communications for AdventGX Corporation. AdventGX is a local economic and tourism development consulting firm working with TEEX to support Henrietta’s community and economic development process.

“Here in College Station, we enjoy an outstanding quality of life, with access to beautiful parks and exceptional recreational facilities, and a parks and recreation department that understands the important role these facilities play in supporting the economic development mission,” Tatge explained.

Steve Beachy, director of College Station Parks & Recreation, led a tour of three of the city’s premier parks and recreation facilities and shared insights regarding best practices, lessons learned and economic and community impact. Henrietta City Administrator Robert Patrick, Henrietta Growth Corporation (HGC) President Mark Matthews and HGC Board Member Eddie Heard used the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the potential for similar projects for Henrietta.

The best practices tour was a precursor to a Thursday work session to review findings and recommendations emerging from the TEEX Community Development Workshop and Plan ongoing with Henrietta. The Henrietta project is just one of several projects ongoing throughout Texas as part of TEEX Technology and Economic Development Division’s Technical Assistance for Regional Growth in Economic Development (TARGET) program, which taps into a wealth of resources found within TEEX and The Texas A&M University System to help communities reach their economic development potential.

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. A member of the Texas A&M System, TEEX supports communities throughout Texas, the nation and internationally in broadening their economic base through strategic planning, development and implementation of strong tourism strategies and enterprises. 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 located in Texas A&M Research Park specializing in economic and tourism development for communities and businesses. AdventGX serves clients throughout North America, including a number of Texas communities and associations, including Van Horn Economic Development Corporation, Fort Stockton Economic Development Corporation, the Texas Travel Industry Association, the Office of the Governor Economic Development and Tourism and the Big Bend Texas Mountain Travel Association.

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