Last October a consultant with the Heart of Texas Efficient Towns & Counties project visited Groesbeck to present information impacting the city’s future and collect feedback from citizens.

Hillsboro native Megan Skelton Henderson will return to Hillsboro on March 19 to report findings and strategies related to the issues citizens said they cared most about.  In addition, she will explain the other work of the Co-op, which aims at helping Hillsboro and the other cities and counties operate more efficiently.  The meeting will be held at 6:00 at Historic City Hall, and dinner will be provided.

Citizens are encouraged to attend this meeting to learn more about the project and potential strategies for improvements in Hillsboro, including on infrastructure issues such as water and street systems and quality of life issues such as housing and economic development.  At the end of the project, the City of Hillsboro may consider adopting policies or planning projects based on the planning efforts, and participation from citizens will help officials improve the strategies before they are finalized.

“I’ve been involved in this project for the past couple of years,” said Hillsboro Community Development Director Jerry Barker, “and I believe it’s really been beneficial for Hillsboro.  It’s a good regional project, but it’s also giving us the opportunity to add to our GIS information and serve our citizens even better than before.”

Hillsboro, as well as other cities in Hill County and the County itself, are members of the Heart of Texas Efficient Towns & Counties Co-op.  The Co-op, which is staffed and supported by the Heart of Texas Council of Governments, is a collective effort of rural communities to work together to develop greater efficiency, local control, and information to better meet their citizens’ needs now and into the future.

The project, funded with local dollars as well as a federal planning grant, has worked in three areas:  community development, looking at local infrastructure and quality-of-life issues; environmental development, looking at solid waste, air, and water issues; and economic development, looking at the development of local economies and small business.

For more information about this project, please email  Please also see Heart of Texas Efficient Towns and Counties on Facebook.

Heart of Texas Efficient Towns and Counties Co-Op Grant Project Follow-up Community Meeting

You are invited to bring your ideas and comments in order to define the needs of Hillsboro.


Tuesday March 31, 2015

6:00 p.m.

Historic City Hall

127 E Franklin St.


Dinner will be provided, Seating is limited RSVP  Required by 5:00 p.m. March 25, 2015

Becky Weaver 254-582-2119 or

Sponsored by Heart of Texas Efficient Towns & Counties Co-op and the City of Hillsboro

ties Co-op and the City of Hillsboro