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Susan Combs: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Texas In Focus:

The Texas High Plains region is a vast 41-county area stretching from the Panhandle to the South Plains. It’s the state’s breadbasket and an energy giant. Still largely rural in character, the region is growing and changing, with new industries, new challenges and new opportunities.

High Plains

This report examines the forces driving change in the High Plains and the factors affecting the development of its economy. We hope state leaders, county and city officials and the people of the region can use this report to stay on top of these important issues as they work to keep their communities thriving by greeting the road ahead with informed ideas and enthusiasm.

Texas In Focus: High Plains

  • Full Report – PDF (3.45 MB)
  • A Letter From Comptroller Combs
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  • Table of Contents
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  • Introduction
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  • Economic Development
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  • Communities within the High Plains must compete not only with others in the state, but also with areas throughout the nation to attract business investment and jobs. These communities can use a variety of economic development tools to pursue these benefits.
  • Demographics
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  • The High Plains, like the state, is changing as it grows. The population is becoming more ethnically diverse and increasingly urban.
  • Infrastructure
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  • The High Plains’ continued economic prosperity will depend upon clean water and air, access to affordable energy and a dependable transportation network.
  • Health Care
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  • Quality health care services attract employers, create a healthy work force and increase productivity. Innovations in health care are improving access to services for residents of the region.
  • Education
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  • Education is essential for economic growth. A strong educational foundation and a well-educated work force provide communities the ability to compete in the global economy. The High Plains and Texas must continue their efforts to ensure all obtain the education and training needed to succeed.
  • Conclusion
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  • Appendix - Assistance Programs
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To request printed copies of this report:
Call the Comptroller's Data Services Division at (800) 531-5441, ext. 3-4900, or direct in Austin at (512) 463-4900 or you may e-mail your request to You can also write to:

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Data Services Division
P.O. Box 13528
Austin, Texas 78711-3528

Publication# 96-1311, Printed April 2008

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