Community & Economic Development

ced-logoThe Community and Economic Development Unit serves as a resource and assistance center for limited resource families and individuals in pursuit of increasing their standard of living through entrepreneurship, community program participation, home ownership, and government assistance programs. Primarily the Community & Economic Development (CED) staff offers professional consultation and technical assistance for entrepreneurs and community organizations looking to start or expand their operations.

CED staff provides insight on the local business climate and feasibility of the proposed business idea or expansion and provide local government and community analysis of critical economic development issues. In addition, our CED staff provides small scale agricultural producers technical assistance and small business counseling that support profitable and sustainable business operations.  Our staff provides group training that includes farm planning, farm income, alternative crops, niche markets, product quality, product distribution, farm policies, global markets, debt management, accounting, business management and financial forecasting for small farmers.


  • One on One Counseling
  • Community workshops
  • Business planning
  • Credit review/assistance
  • Grant writing assistance
  • Business certifications, licenses, permits, and insurances
  • Non-Profit business management
  • Small business Loan Packaging
  • Financial literacy training
  • Debt repayment plans
  • Home buying assistance
  • Home affordability analysis
  • Foreclosure prevention
  • Home repair


  • Businesses In Development (B.I.D.) Certificate Program
  • Teaching Agriculture Sustainability Through Economics (T. A. S. T. E.) Program
  • Big Boom Business Planning Institute
  • Individual Development Account (IDA) Federal Match Program
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Federal Home Loans and Repair Program



Jimmy Henry - Program Leader for Community & Economic Development
Chris Cotton - Program Specialist, Housing and Asset Development
Vacant - Program Specialist, Small Business Development and Marketing

County Staff

Lloyd Hebert - Jefferson County
Winnefred Jackson - Liberty County
Orlando Flores - El Paso County
Rolondo Zamora - Willacy County
Vacant - Zavala County

Community Partners and Collaborators

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