Posted 10.18.19

Project Summary

Enhancing economic development in rural, economically distressed communities in the South Plains Region (Lubbock based) through the identification of needs and development strategies and then connecting available economic development services to those communities.


Project Description

This project will focus on all of the 15 Counties in the South Plains Association of Governments (SPAG) region. SPAG is partnering with the U.S. Economic Development Administration to provide region-wide strategic economic development planning.  The Allie Economic Development Services Coordinator (VISTA)  will have the opportunity to focus on all of the 15 Counties and individual communities in the SPAG region to build economic development capacity at a more in-depth level. The SPAG region will be broken down into 3-4 County ‘Sub-Regions’ in order to provide the VISTA with a more localized planning area. The VISTA will work with these communities to identify economic and community development needs and resources to meet those needs in an effort to attract and maintain higher-paying jobs and other opportunities. The overall goal is to build capacity in rural, economically distressed communities to alleviate poverty, reduce unemployment, and provide a better quality of life. This project is sponsored by the Austin Regional Office (AURO) of the Economic Development Administration (EDA), and will be directly supervised by SPAG in Lubbock, Texas. The overall EDA Mission is “to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy.” 


Member Duties

The VISTA will work directly with community leaders, gathering in-depth information about local economic development needs to help create and retain jobs and improve quality of life in economically distressed communities. Over the course of the service, the VISTA will partner with the community to problem-solve, recommend economic development activities, and identify potential resources and collaborations for those communities.  The economic and community development capacity built by the VISTA will provide the communities the tools to build job opportunities for community members and improve quality of life



Skills- Public speaking, communications/marketing, research.

Minimum education level-

At least five years of progressively responsible experience in planning or research, plus high school graduation, supplemented by courses or experience necessary to demonstrate proficiency in research, analysis and writing;


A Bachelor’s Degree or higher in planning, social sciences, or a related field and demonstrated proficiency in research, analysis, planning and writing;


Any equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Additional Languages- NA

Additional Requirements- Must have a valid Drivers License and the ability to drive in the SPAG 15-County region (personal vehicle (SPAG reimburses mileage).


Contact information:

Name:  Kelly Davila

Street Address: 1323 58th Street

Contact Phone:  806-762-8721          



Equal Opportunity Employer


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