CBCOG EDA Community Development Coordinator VISTA
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Recruiting Organization: U.S. Economic Development Administration- Austin Office VISTA Program
Help build economic development resilience in economically distressed communities in the Coastal Bend region of Texas through data analysis, planning, and community outreach.
This VISTA opportunity will focus on the 11 Counties and 23 Cities of the Coastal Bend Council of Governments (CBCOG). CBCOG partners with the U.S. Economic Development Administration to provide region-wide strategic economic development planning. There is a flexible start date from June-August 2022 and telework may be permitted. The VISTA will have the opportunity to work heavily in all aspects of Regional Economic Development. The VISTA will work with the community to obtain and analyze data to improve the resiliency of the region, strategize broadband infrastructure installation, and coordinate implementation of Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) targets. This project is sponsored by the Austin Regional Office (AURO) of the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and will be directly supervised by the Coastal Bend Council of Governments in Corpus Christi, 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."
The VISTA member will alleviate poverty by assisting disadvantaged communities with economic development activities that will increase and retain job opportunities in the region. The VISTA will work with the Regional Resiliency Partnership (RRP) Committee to collect data such as existing building codes, current insurance rates, and existing infrastructure to identify areas that are prone to extensive storm and flood damage. The VISTA will assist the Homeland Security team to host the annual Hurricane conference and will work with the Community Outreach Coordinator to catalog existing broadband and telecom infrastructure using GIS. The VISTA will conduct outreach to stakeholders, schedule and conduct meetings, assist in developing action plans, follow up on key tasks, and track progress. The economic development capacity built by the VISTA will provide the communities the tools to bounce back from unexpected events and maintain positive trajectory towards prosperity.Benefits
· The position provides a $1,350/month living stipend.
· Relocation Assistance
· Health Care Program
· Child Care
· Student Loan Deferment and Interest Forbearance
· Professional Development
· End of Service Award - After a successful year of service, VISTAs can choose to receive either a:
· $1,800 cash stipend or
· $6,345 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award that can be put towards student loans or pursuing further education.
· Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE) Status - Once a VISTA successfully completes service that VISTA will receive one year of non-competitive eligibility for employment in the federal government. (This special hiring status enables the former VISTA to apply for federal jobs with the advantage of not having to go through the standard public competitive selection process.)
· Access to a large AmeriCorps Alumni network.
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Fee Amount: None
This opportunity is recurring
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