News & Meetings


Jan 2018

Leadership Central

Central Texas Council of Governments and the Development District of Central Texas are now accepting applications for the Leadership Central Texas Class of 2018!

Leadership Central Texas is offered to any qualified citizen who lives or works within the seven county-region (Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Milam, Mills, and San Saba) served by the Central Texas Council of Governments who has successfully completed a local leadership program in their community (exceptions may apply).  The purpose of Leadership Central Texas is to identify and develop regional leaders and to promote awareness of regional/state leadership opportunities.  Topics are taught with active participation from leaders serving on regional boards, committees and organizations.  Each certified attendee will be encouraged to identify leadership opportunities where their individual talents would best be applied to insure the growth and future well-being of our Central Texas Region.

To be eligible, an applicant must fulfill one of the following requirement(s):

  1. Completed a local leadership program in his or her community or is currently enrolled;
  2. Be approved on a case-by case basis by the LCT committee; or
  3. Be a past/present elected official of his/her community, region or state.
  • The tuition fee of $75.00 for Leadership Central Texas is nonrefundable and payable upon acceptance to the program.
  • Tuition must be submitted with a 1 page personal biography.
  • The deadline for applications is April 1, 2018.
  • The selection process will be finalized as of April 12, 2018.
  • Class size is limited. All eligible applicants will be considered with an effort to have leaders from each county represented in the class.

Contact Kendra Coufal at (254) 770-2363 if you have any questions.

Download the Application


Jan 2018

Quarterly Board Meeting

The quarterly meeting of the DDCT Board of Directors will be held on January 11th, 2018 at 9:30am at the CTCOG building in Belton, Texas.

Download the Agenda

Download the Meeting Packet

Contact Kendra Coufal at 254-770-2363 if you have any questions.

The Central Texas Council of Governments is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Reasonable accommodations and equal opportunity for effective communications will be provided upon request.  Please contact the CTCOG office at 254-770-2200 at least 24 hours in advance if accommodation is needed.  Comments from the public will be received during the “Public Comments” portion of the meeting.
Please limit comments to 3 minutes.  No discussion or final action will be taken by the Advisory Committee.


Sep 2017

Rural Internship Program announcement

The Development District of Central Texas (DDCT) is accepting applications for the DDCT Rural Internship Program. This program will award three $500 scholarships to Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development entities or Departments of Tourism to hire high school juniors or seniors in their local area. Students will gain hands-on experience promoting economic development in rural communities. In turn, the communities will benefit through advanced efforts of economic development and assist in cultivating ambassadors for rural Central Texas.

View the full announcement

To qualify, students must meet these requirements:

  • Be a junior or senior in a local high school
  • Live in a rural community with a population of 20,000 or less based on the 2010 Census.
  • Demonstrate civic awareness and community involvement
  • Maintain an A or B GPA before and during the internship
  • Have written recommendation from a school administrator
  • Have two letters of recommendation from teachers

Download the Rural Internship Application Form

All rural Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Corporations, and Departments of Tourism in the seven-county CTCOG region are welcome to apply.

Applications are due by Tuesday, October 10th.

Contact Kendra Coufal ( at 254-770-2363 with your questions.


Sep 2017

Leadership Central Texas graduation


The Graduates of Leadership Central Texas 2017 are: Tavares Bethel, Rolly Correa, Kendra Coufal, Chris Diem, John Driver, Kara Escajeda, JoAnn Foster, Lolita Gilmore, Ebony Jackson, Ann Marie McKenna, Marcie Lowery, Mary Shabunia, Carolyn Turner, and John Weber.

A ceremony for the Graduates of Leadership Central Texas 2017 will be held at the CTCOG Executive Committee Meeting on September 28, 2017 at 12:00pm.

Download the Press Release


Jan 2017

Business Retention and Expansion

The DDOCT board members are exploring options and methods for retaining and expanding businesses in the Central Texas area, as described here:

Business Retention and Expansion

These slides are an excerpt from the most recent DDOCT meeting, when we were visited by Mr. Larry McManus from the Office of the Governor – Economic Development & Tourism. (

Would you like to get involved with strengthening the economy and keeping businesses in the Central Texas area?

Contact Beth Correa ( or call 254-770-2364 to get involved.


Jan 2017

OSBA Newsletter

January’s newsletter from the Governor’s Office of Small Business Assistance has just been published. The Office works to establish the State of Texas as the premier place to start, grow and sustain a business. Take note of the opportunity to host a Governor’s Small Business Initiative in 2017.  The deadline is January 20th, so don’t delay!

Follow the link for more opportunities, articles, and economic opportunities.

January OSBA newsletter – Office of the Governor


Feb 2016

Upcoming Board Meeting

Download the Agenda for our next meeting – Thursday, 18 February 2016, at 2:00pm.

Topics up for discussion and action include: Revising our Bylaws, Changes in membership, Revolving Loan Fund, and Rural Intern Program. Members of the public are welcome to attend. If you wish to address the board, please sign up to speak during the public comment period as listed on the agenda.


Jul 2015

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $1 Million to Upgrade Critical Infrastructure and Support Business Growth in Texas

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1 million grant to the Village of Salado, Texas, to help upgrade water and sewer systems to support the local business community. According to the grantee, this project will create 35 jobs, save 188 jobs, and generate $150 million in private investment.

Salado Grant Application map

“The Obama Administration and the Commerce Department are committed to investing in America’s infrastructure,” said Secretary Pritzker. “The EDA investment announced today will provide the infrastructure that will make it possible for the Village of Salado to support business growth and create jobs for the community.”

EDA’s investment will help construct a waste water plant and sewer lines that will serve the primary business district of the Village. According to the grantee, the existing systems are on the brink of shutting down and have been responsible for business closings, job losses, tourism decline, decreased taxes and revenues, and the inability to draw new businesses. An adequate wastewater system is necessary to accommodate the needs of existing and prospective businesses. Several local companies have already committed to creating and/or preserving jobs as a result of the project.

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