University of Houston-Victoria

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Regional Center Community Development

The Regional Center Community Development is part of the Regional Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship, opening September 1, 2016. The RCCD will be partnering and collaborating with 10 counties surrounding Victoria to realize rural job creation, increase community awareness and involvement in regional economic development, and better prepare the region for economic stability during cyclical downturns.

Texas Rural Leadership Program

UHV Regional Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship is collaborating with The Texas Rural Leadership Program in partnership with Texas A&M AgriLife and Texas A&M’s Public Partnership and Outreach office.

UHV RCEDE and TRLP are working in DeWitt County with an outstanding group of DeWitt County residents to focus on challenges and opportunities focused on asset-based community development and the concept that every community member contributes skills, talents and connections. Assets include more than just money and infrastructure. Education and skills of residents, social connections, cultural heritage and traditions, political process, and environmental assets are equally important.

"I want to invite you to participate in the DeWitt County Texas Rural Leadership Program. This is all about us, learning as a community, how to help ourselves. We have local challenges and need local solutions. Part of the process of giving a voice to more of the community."

DeWitt County residents interested in participating in the Leaders in Action portion will learn about the TRLP program, the commitment of a participant, the DeWitt County TRLP program and have questions answered. Participants of all ages and interests are welcome.

Contact Anthony Netardus, AgriLife Extension Agent at (361) 275-0816 or Brian Gomez, DeWitt County TRLP Coordinator at (361) 275-9193  to learn more or register.

Led by Brian Gomez, the facilitator group includes Shamika Armstrong, Tammy Bitterly, Cindy Brandstetter, Diane Chavez, Guy Dolan, Sherry Esse, Christy Fuchs, Russel Goebel, Brian Gomez, Sarah Hahn, Viola Holman, William Matthys, Deborah Pedraza, Sara Post Meyer, and Whitney Schroeder.