County efforts contributed to HOTCOG award

By Roxanne Thompson, Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners have been notified that the county’s active participation in the Efficient Towns and Counties Regional Co-op Plan that ran from 2011-14 led to the Heart of Texas Council of Governments and its member entities receiving the National Association of Development Organizations’ 2015 Innovation Award.

County Judge Daniel Burkeen read at commissioners court’s April 25 meeting a letter from HOTCOG Executive Director Russell Devorsky congratulating the county on its part in the grant program.

“Without your support and help of fifty-seven other entities in our HOTCOG region this award would not have happened,” Devorsky wrote in the letter, dated April 7.

The Co-op was staffed and supported by HOTCOG and was described at the time as a collective effort of rural communities working together to develop greater efficiency and local control, and gathering information to better meet their citizens’ needs.

The project was funded with local dollars as well as a federal planning grant and worked in three areas:

• Community development, looking at local infrastructure and quality-of-life issues.

• Environmental development, looking at solid waste, air, and water issues

• Economic development, looking at the development of local economies and small business.

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