The Economic Development Department was created by the Commissioners Court in March 1995 for the acquisition of grant funds to develop and administer—from concept to completion—programs and projects that address needs within the County.  The Department serves at the will of the Webb County Commissioners Court. Its mission is to plan, execute, and administer a wide range of projects from federal and state entities.  The efforts of the Department provide revenues in the form of grants that benefit significant segments of the county populace while placing no unnecessary financial burden on county taxpayers.  In collaboration with the County Judge, Commissioners, the Board of Judges, and other county departments, the Economic Development Department has and continues to procure funds for a wide range of county needs.

At present, the Economic Development Department administers 11 projects in the areas of Community Services, Housing and Homeownership, Infrastructure, and Economic Development.  Current projects represent approximately $5,000,000.00 in funds from various state and federal agencies.  Since it was established thirteen years ago, the Department has acquired over $135,000,000.00 in grants.   

Other Webb County Departments also depend on Economic Development for grant writing and acquisition of funds.  We have obtained grants to fund a Victim Liaison for victims of domestic violence within the Domestic Violence Unit of the District Attorney’s Office and Indigent Defense monies from the Texas State Attorney General’s Office for the Public Defender’s Office.  Most recently, the Department successfully submitted an application to the Office of Rural Community Affairs (ORCA) for the drilling of 4 water wells in the communities of Oilton, Bruni, Mirando, and HWY 359 colonias.

Through the Economic Development Department, Webb County partners with community non-profits to bring social, health and educational services to County residents who otherwise would not have access to them.  Such a current program pairs the County with the Texas A & M Colonias Program in providing nutrition, cooking, health & diet planning for colonia residents living along HWY 359.

Projects in the planning stage, some with prospective funding already identified, include the development of four properties in the Villa Antigua area for historical/heritage tourism, and master plans for the development and rehabilitation of the County’s major recreational assets.  A grant is currently in preparation for an additional water well in Mirando City.
           
The staff at Economic Development, a team of experienced professionals, continues to diligently solicit and leverage grant funds to help educate, provide strategic planning, improve infrastructure, expand community development, nurture a safe environment, and provide needed services to Webb County residents.  The Department continues to draw expertise from last experience, serve the present and plan for the future benefit of Webb County and its people.

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