In November of 2011 the Texas Department of Agriculture announced the formation of The Texas Rural Health and Economic Development Advisory Council. Consisting of nine members, the council is tasked with identifying rural policy priorities and reviewing the effectiveness of existing rural programs.

In addition, the council is responsible for developing a Rural Policy Plan which was submitted to the Texas Legislature on December 1, 2012. The council’s Rural Policy plan focused on strategic initiatives for economic and community development, improvements to existing rural health care systems and recommendations for the use and allocation of Community Development Block Grant funding, which is used to make improvements in rural communities across Texas.

   Next Meeting

When:         Wednesday, September 12, 2018
                   11th floor Conference Room
                   Stephen F. Austin Building
                   1700 N. Congress Ave.
                   Austin, Texas 78701

A copy of the agenda may be found HERE.

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  • Advisory Council Bios
  • Texas Rural Policy Plan 
   Advisory Council Members

The Honorable Donna Campbell, State Senator, Texas Senate District 25

The Honorable Kyle Kacal, State Representative, District 12

The Honorable Sydney Murphy; County Judge, Polk County

The Honorable Don McBeath; Director of Advocacy and Communications, Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals

Mr. Bryan Tucker, former City Manager, City of Childress

Dr. Sheila Page, public member