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84th Texas Legislature Begins!

January 13, 2015- June 1, 2015 

The Texas Legislature meets in a regular session every two years, convening on the second Tuesday in January of every odd-numbered year. These biennial sessions are limited to 140 days. The governor can also call additional special sessions as necessary, which cannot exceed 30 days. 


Your Rural Legislative Alert has begun on a weekly basis with a Rural Bill Tracking Chart reviewing the relevant rural bills that have been filed in the areas of community/economic development, environmental, water, transportation and workforce. Lt. Governor Patrick has named the Senate Committees and Speaker Strauss has named the House Committees. 

Look for your Rural Legislative Alert on a weekly basis.  If you are not currently receiving your Alert, please contact us at and let us know you would like to receive the Alert!

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Texas Department of Agriculture: Statewide Rural Advisory Council

ARCIT's main initiative of a Statewide Rural  Health and Economic Development Advisory Council was passed in the 82nd Special Session of the Texas Legislature.  The Council was placed in the TX Dept of Agriculture.  

Composition of the new Statewide Rural Health & Economic Development Policy Council:

1 Rural County Judge
1 Rural Local Official
1 Higher Public Education Institute with a specialty in rural health and econ devo
1 Rural State Senator  
1 Rural State Representative
4 Public members with expertise in rural health care or economic development


*U.S. and Texas flags flying at the state capitol buildingal photo © Sarah (sarowen) on Flickr - noncommercial use 


Rural Economic Development Committee

Jose E. Martinez
Jennifer Meyer
Kenny Watkins
Rex Klentzman
Dan Redd
Ken Knight
Sunny K. Philip
James Wise
Tony Guidroz
Roger Feagley
Rene Montalvo

Bleyl & Associates*
Bleyl & Associates*
Borger EDC
La Feria
Sweeny EDC
San Saba
Sulphur Springs/Hopkins Co. EDC
UT Pan American*


Community Development Advisory Committee
Kathy Keane
Mirenda White-Harris
Sam Watson
Sunny K. Philip
Tony Guidroz
Frances Jammer
Kerbow & Associates
Kermit City
La Feria
San Saba
Sweeny EDC

New members to the Local Official Advisory Committee to TCEQ  Welcome aboard!!

Jennifer Meyer AEP SWEPCO
Kenny Watkins Bleyl & Associates

Note:  Advisor/Non-Voting Member

If you wish to serve on an advisory committee that meets in Austin at least twice a year with a minimum of one teleconference, email us at and let us know your interest!


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ARCIT's Annual Summit November 6, 2014


Hosts:   El Campo EDC, Gonzales EDC and Austin County 


Newly Elected State Senator Lois Kolkhorst shared her insights into the upcoming 84th Texas Legislative Session


 10 State Agencies  

Topics Included:

  •  $ for Transportation Infrastructure
  • 10 federal/state agencies coming to YOU
  • TX Water Development Board & Water, Water, Water
  • Parks & Recreation Dollars
  • TX Rural Transportation Plan and Rural Texas   
  • And much more!
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 Interested in hosting a regional meeting? 

Each region helps to select the topics they would like to cover.  Contact the ARCIT Office today at!



 Past Regional Summits

  The theme of State Agency Road Trips is what you  told us you wanted---so we brought state and federal agencies out to your region!


  Texas Department of Agriculture Deputy Commissioner Drew DeBerry shares at the Mt Vernon ARCIT/Texas Forest Trail Regional Summit

Would you like to help sponsor a meeting in your area?  You can contact ARCIT Executive Director Donna Chatham at for more information.  Together we are making a difference!



Grant Works, Inc.
Traylor & Associates, Inc.
BCL of Texas
Bleyl & Associates
Century Link
Kerbow & Associates
Langford Community Management Services
Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP
Oakridge North EDC

Public Management, Inc.
ussell & Rodriguez, LLP
Raymond K. Vann & Associates
Waste Management Inc.

Welcome New Members!

  • Berryville
  • Borger EDC
  • Boyd
  • City of Simonton
  • City of Wallis Development Corporation
  • Cleveland EDC
  • Comanche EDC
  • Crockett City
  • Development Corp. of Needville
  • East Bernard
  • East Mountain
  • Forsan
  • Goldsmith
  • Graham EDC
  • Ingleside
  • Jacksboro EDC
  • Oak Ridge North
  • Pettus MUD
  • Snyder
  • Waskom
  • Woodsboro



Association of Rural Communities in Texas
Kara Mayer Mayfield, Executive Director
1122 Colorado Street, Suite 102
Austin, TX 78701
ph 512.788.1819