Community development studies have shown that communities
with the greatest potential for economic growth and progress are those that are
attractive, have a good educational system, offer above average transportation
facilities and have knowledgeable leaders working with long-range programs.
With these factors in mind, Entergy's Team City programs seeks to help Texas
communities in its service area organize, plan and prepare for economic
development at the local level.
This program can help communities identify strengths, mobilize leadership,
set goals and implement sound growth strategies. In an organized and structured
process, teams of local leaders assess development potential, identify areas of
challenge and exploitable assets, establish a community "vision", set
strategies to achieve goals selected by the community itself, and design action
plans to accomplish their objectives. Entergy's development specialists and
other experts will provide in-depth training.
Communities which successfully complete the step-by-step process will be
officially designated a Team City in a civic ceremony. There is no cost to
participate, except the time and effort it takes to build a winning development
team. Participating communities are eligible for additional support from
Entergy in implementing their development plans.
Entergy economic development professionals are continually conducting
training programs on the local level for volunteers interested in promoting the
community's economic development. Training sessions are designed to provide
basic information needed by volunteers to understand the economic development
process and how their volunteer work can fit into the overall efforts of the
community. Scholarships for advanced training programs are available to
volunteers and local economic development professionals.