The assignment of a VISTA member to the Central Texas Economic Development District (EDD) will be to assist with the accomplishment of important economic development initiatives that compliment EDA investment priorities. Our projects will focus on the 7-county CTCOG planning region. Our VISTA member will be engaged to help EDD staff accomplish the following objectives to enhance the Central Texas region, including harder-to-reach communities, and to eliminate poverty and poverty-related human, social, and environmental issues as they pertain to economic development. We hope to alleviate poverty, reduce unemployment, and provide a better quality of life for all Central Texas residents. We also hope to equip our communities with a broader range of tools and information to engage in economic development activities and long-range economic development planning.
Member Duties : Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) – Review and compare to other “best practice” CEDS; Assess community needs; Develop solutions to address issues in poverty-stricken communities. Post-Pandemic Economic Recovery and Renewal Plan – Assess regional assets and needs that compliment CEDS and EDA investment priorities; Assist in plan development; Explore recovery readiness. Regional Broadband Study and Council – Assist with study; Form Broadband Council; Research funding. Grant Writing and Technical Assistance – Assist with grant research and applications. Regional Economic Development Website – Assist with website for tourism and regional events. Economic development proficiency – Attend regular teleconferences; Provide feedback and reports on progress of projects; Document issues related to VISTA assignment, economic development resources and trainings; Perform other activities that enhance goals of the VISTA assignment.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance , Training , Living Allowance , Childcare assistance if eligible , Health Coverage* , Choice of Education Award (worth around $6,000) or End of Service Stipend ($1,800).
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
Permits working at another job during off hours , Permits attendance at school during off hours , Car recommended .
Service Areas :
Community Outreach , Community and Economic Development .
GIS, MS Office, Adobe , Community Organization , Communications , Computers/Technology .
Program Type: AmeriCorps VISTA
Please note that this role will likely start out remotely and transition to in-person later in 2021. Additionally, be aware that this is a year long role.