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Texas A&M University’s Texas Target Communities Program (TTC) is seeking small towns/cities with populations less than 15,000 and rural counties interested in technical assistance on strategic planning, development projects or long term recovery planning to increase resiliency in your communities.

PURPOSE & BACKGROUND
TTC is an award winning service learning program and university-wide community engagement initiative, where in faculty, professional staff and students from Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning and the Public Partnership & Outreach efforts of Texas A&M University join with your citizens to provide technical assistance in developing locally tailored planning, design and development strategies. This annual Call for Community Planning Projects allows Texas A&M an opportunity to identify uniquely positioned and timed needs of Texas communities.

TTC MISSION
TTC is committed to shaping the future of Texas’ underserved communities by providing process facilitation and access to information from the array of discipline expertise at Texas A&M University. TTC seeks to help citizens become more informed, engaged and effective decision makers in the face of complex choices which influence their collective community resiliency.

BENEFIT TO COMMUNITIES & TEXAS A&M UNIVERISTY
TTC utilizes a community-focused process to identify and leverage local assets to pursue promising strategies. A local community taskforce commits to participate in regularly scheduled meetings where they learn from past, create a vision for the future, prioritize strategies and identify needed steps for implementation.

The community task force will have access to subject matter experts from the academic fields and affiliated state agencies at Texas A&M University; while our faculty, staff and students receive real world experience and information on
effects of effective planning. TTC provides each community task force with a point of contact for facilitation, data to inform strategy selection, designs for alternative scenarios, consultation on implementation and a written planning document, which includes full documentation of the process and planning that can be used by community leadership to advance direction setting and apply for appropriate implementation funding.

PAST PLANNING PROJECT SUCCESS
Since 1980, TTC has assisted over 60 communities across Texas and has been recognized by the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association for exemplary efforts and quality of work. See examples of past work at
http://ttc.arch.tamu.edu or:
Liberty County Strategic Plan http://oaktrust.library.tamu.edu/handle/1969.1/158267
Nolanville Comprehensive Plan http://oaktrust.library.tamu.edu/handle/1969.1/155934

HOW TO PARTNER WITH TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
The lead administrator for your city or county should submit a letter of interest (LOI) describing your community’s planning project need, community history, current conditions, and ability to recruit a diverse community task force of stakeholders willing to work collaboratively on the community planning project. The LOI should be no longer than two (2) pages. DEADLINE is April 27, 2018. Selected projects will be notified by May 15th and planning work will be coordinated with each selected community between June 2018 and September 2019.

FORWARD ANY QUESTIONS, COMMENTS AND LOI SUBMISSIONS:
Jaimie Hicks Masterson, AICP jmasterson@arch.tamu.edu
Associate Director, Texas Target Communities 979-845-1295