I am fortunate to live in Lubbock, Texas, a community referred to as the “Hub City” for its central importance to the South Plains region in aspects economic or otherwise. I have chosen to remain in Lubbock for the foreseeable future due to one of the commonwealth assets very dear to me: education. TTU is recognized as a Carnegie Tier One university meaning that it is in the highest activity ranking for research. This commonwealth asset within our community is incredibly important in keeping funded agricultural and natural resources research continuing in the region. It also brings people from around the world to the South Plains of Texas.
Another commonwealth asset readily apparent in the region is our foodshed. Texas is ranked the highest in the nation for livestock products and second in overall agricultural receipts. Livestock production is concentrated heavily in the Southern High Plains and is a major source of economic prosperity for our communities. It provides jobs in rural areas and a sense of stewardship among our young adults through livestock programs in FFA and 4-H. Our foodshed is on full display at our weekly Farmer’s Markets around Lubbock where local producers gather together to provide fresh fruit, vegetable, and meat products to the community.
If you were to travel to Lubbock, take some time at our local parks to appreciate leisure and recreation, as well as nature and wildlife. The Canyon Lakes that run through the city not only offer a beautiful view and opportunities for hiking, cycling, and fishing, but the water itself is reclaimed municipal wastewater that aids in the City of Lubbock’s Strategic Water Supply Plan goals to provide sustainable water supplies over the next 100 years.
As is the case with most communities in the South Plains, it can only be truly appreciated once you have immersed yourself in the local culture through events available throughout the year. The First Friday Art Trail showcases local artists and hosts food trucks on the first Friday of every month. Museums provide a look at some of the region’s history, whether it be our recent history at the Ranching Heritage Museum, Windmill Museum, and Agriculture Museum or our land’s history on a geological time-scale at the Lubbock Lake Landmark.