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.

Current Plan of Work Programs

Community Resource and Economic Development

This program provides technical and educational assistance to low-income, agricultural and traditional business clientele to help them establish, maintain and expand their businesses. The program also facilitates the creation of additional jobs and increase community awareness of programs by way of mass marketing social networking, information delivery on small business and community & economic development opportunities.

Major programs offered:

  • Businesses In Development(BID) Academy
  • Home Energy Audit Business Program
  • Teaching Agricultural Sustainability Through Economics (TASTE) Program
  • Business planning assistance
  • Small Business lending assistance
  • Home ownership
  • Foreclosure prevention
  • Financial Literacy training

CED Programs Word Cloud

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

Meet our Staff

At headquarters...

Jimmy Henry

Jimmy Henry
Program Leader (CED)
(936) 261-5115

Christopher Cotton
Program Specialist
(936) 261-5107

Talia Washington

Talia Washington
Program Specialist
(936) 261-5119


Rozenia Toney
Administrative Assistant
(936) 261-5123

In the county...

Natriez Peterson

Natriez Peterson
Extension Agent, Harris County
(713) 274-0988

James Motton II

James Motton II
Extension Agent, Liberty County
(936) 334-3230

Phyllis Varnon

Phyllis Varnon
Extension Agent, Zavala County
(830) 374-2883