Panhandle Regional Planning Commission
Summer 2012 Site Review
Position: LGS Intern Intern
Student: Economics Junior
Over the summer of 2012 I had an internship at the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission (PRPC) in Amarillo. I worked in the Local Government Services Department, which is responsible for water management, federal and state grant administration and rural transportation among other things. During the summer I worked there, the PRPC was in the midst of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Application Cycle, which takes place every two years, and this was mainly the area in which I worked.
The Community Development Block Grant is a grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and presided over by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) in Texas. I was involved in the non-entitlement side of the grant which meant that rural cities and counties applied for this grant in order to replace their water or sewer systems. In order to apply, these cities must be 51% low to moderate income and this can be either obtained by census data or by income surveys. Most of the cities that applied required income surveys which was one of my main jobs. We travelled to the cities and surveyed the inhabitants for one or two nights. After that, I was in charge of alphabetizing the surveys and inputting them in a spreadsheet. I used that data to fill out several forms for TDA which would be used by my supervisors for the application.
All in all it was a great internship. I mainly worked in the afternoons so I could sleep in and I enjoyed learning more about how local government and grants work.