History

For a quarter-century, the Texas Target Communities (TTC) program from the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University has provided technical assistance on land use planning and design to small, lower-resourced communities across the state.

Need

Today, communities face complex challenges that require access to more specialized information from a variety of disciplines. Unfortunately, few small communities are able to employ a cadre of experts able to conduct the kind of tailored analyses a community needs in order to make sound choices regarding the future.

Assistance

Therefore, since June 2013, TTC has been expanded to diversify the scope of technical support offered. The program has transitioned from short-term, independent projects focused on land use planning and design to more long-term, integrated efforts addressing the full spectrum of challenges (i.e. civic, environmental, economic, etc.) encountered by communities today.  

Similar Programs

Taking cues from numerous university- and extension- based programs around the United States, the updated TTC program seeks to be a collaborative effort between members of the Texas A&M University System and other state agencies established to support the improvement of Texas communities.

Working with AgriLife

TTC has established a co-principal partnership with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, which seeks to  improve the lives of people as well as the health of  businesses and communities across Texas. By partnering with AgriLife Extension, TTC can provide planning expertise to the valuable training, research, and assistance already offered by a network of AgriLife Extension professionals. Together, AgriLife Extension and TTC can accelerate the synergy that produces healthy, prosperous, sustainable, and equitable communities.

David Pugh

David Pugh, former professor and department head for the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M formed the comprehensive planning process in 1993 with TTC. He received a Legends Award from Texas APA in the fall of 2015. Check out his spotlight in this ArchOnearticle.