Posted 10.18.19

Position Summary

Develop and improve regional economic development efforts by identifying solutions that will assist, revitalize and restore communities within the East Texas region.


Project Description

Our VISTA Teammate will be engaged to help East Texas Economic Development District (ETEDD) staff to enhance economic development in East Texas.  The VISTA will be reviewing and improving our Regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).  They will also help establish a new Brownfields Program to revitalize and restore lost economic assets to the business community within the East Texas region.  Lastly, the VISTA will be working with program leaders to design a new State funded Economic Development Program specifically designed to assist rural communities throughout Texas.


This sponsorship is provided by the East Texas Council of Governments (ETCOG) in conjunction with the ETEDD.  ETCOG Economic Development Lead, Julie Burnfield, will be providing the supervision to our VISTA.


Member Duties

The Agent for Economic Development-VISTA will review our region wide CEDS, compare it to other CEDS identified through research by the VISTA as “best practice” CEDS and make recommendations for modifications to improve EDD reach and effectiveness throughout our 14-County region.  The VISTA will also help establish a new regional Brownfields Program by identifying brownfield sites, catalog them, assess them, and ultimately, once the Brownfields Program has been established, restore them to the point where these sites can be redeployed for local businesses use.  Our VISTA will also work directly with the Executive Director, the Division Director and other EDD staff to conduct background research on a new program designed for Texas to help address infrastructure “capacity gaps” between urban and rural communities through the implementation and strategic use of economic development grant programs.



Skills- Excellent verbal and written communication skills; the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; the ability to multi-task and prioritize work; meet deadlines; analytical and critical thinking skills are needed.

Minimum Education Level- Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or a related field or equivalent experience preferred.

Additional Requirements- Must have the ability to utilize personal or ETCOG fleet vehicle to travel within the 14-county region.


Contact information:

Name: Julie Burnfield, Community Services Manager

Street Address:  3800 Stone Road, Kilgore, TX 75662

Contact Phone: 903)218-6436



Equal Opportunity Employer


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