DeWitt County Considered a Model for Regionalism

Michael Ada Speaks at April 2019 Community Leaders Meeting

Michael Ada, Director of Economic Development, Response and Recovery for the Golden Crescent Regional Planning Commission, speaks at April 5th 2019 Community Leaders’ Meeting

Originally published by the The Cuero Record

By Allison Flores

At the Cuero Development Corporation’s monthly Community Leaders’ Meeting, Michael Ada, the Director of Economic Development, Response and Recovery for the Golden Crescent Regional Planning Commission informed attendees of the importance of regionalism and ultimately communication between local governments.

To begin, Ada noted that what is happening in Cuero between local elected officials is already on the right track.

“This kind of meeting inside the community is probably the most important element of what we do at the Regional Planning Commission,” stated Ada.

He was referring to the monthly Community Leader’s meeting that the CDC holds that includes a guest speaker and a member from many of DeWitt County’s organizations.

Ada continued to explain that the utmost reason for the Regional Planning Commission is communication and commonalities, and that it seems to take precedence in DeWitt County.

“If it wasn’t for the way this community is currently operating the relationships within it, and it’s connection through the Regional Planning Commission, I wouldn’t be here,” said Ada.

“What you’re doing here is really a model — it’s a best practice within our region.”

The Regional Planning Commission covers 7 counties, including Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Lavaca, and Victoria.

It is throughout these counties that “regionalism” is necessary, according to Ada.

Two projects that Ada mentioned on Friday morning were the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Plan along with a Response and Recovery Framework Strategy that would be of assistance during a disaster scenario.

Ada noted that for these two plans to be further implemented, the regions should practice “coopatition”, or a mix between cooperation and competition.

“Seven counties together is better than seven alone,” said Ada.

Ada explained that when regions connect together on a common goal, that makes it that much easier for the plan, or concern to be taken to legislature, and then to D.C.

Lastly, Ada spoke about the Recovery and Response plan that a group is currently working on.

“What the guidance group is doing, is through creating a regional disaster recovery framework, the outcome of that framework would be the existence of a strategic recovery and resilience plan,” stated Ada.

He continued, “The plan will then provide individual projects and templates to our communities that they could actually use — a step-by-step plan.”

Ada closed out by mentioning the importance for each business, district organization, and local government to connect with Golden Crescent Regional Planning to ensure that commonalities are found throughout our own community, along with many others in the region.