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   Overview

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, November 16, 2016
       9:00am
       11th floor Conference Room
       Stephen F. Austin Building
       1700 N. Congress Ave.
       Austin, Texas 78701

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   Advisory Council Members

State Senator, Vacant

The Honorable Kyle Kacal, State Representative, District 12

The Honorable John Thompson; former County Judge, Polk County

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

The Honorable Orlando Correa; former Mayor, Raymondville, Texas

The Honorable Jay Carnes; former Uvalde City Council

Donna Kuenstler, RN, MSN; Director and Instructor at Sul Ross University

Kathi Masonheimer; Community Development Director, Brady/MuCulloch County Chamber of Commerce

Bryan Tucker; City Manager, Childress, Texas