Community Development & Government

We provide educational resources, workshops and technical assistance to communities throughout Texas, promoting the development of individual abilities and community support for creating and growing businesses, jobs, wealth and income.

Related Departments: Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications

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Community Development & Government

Publications

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This 2-page publication covers how your local emergency management officials have prepared to respond to disasters in your community, whether they occur naturally, man-made, or are the result of a national threat.

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Esta publicación de dos páginas cubre cómo los funcionarios locales de manejo de emergencias se han preparado para responder a los desastres en su comunidad, ya sea que ocurran de forma natural, provocados por el hombre o sean el resultado de una amenaza nacional.

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A disaster can be stressful for many people and can lead to mental and emotional disruption. At the moment, stress may be "good," in that it helps people focus, respond, and react to what is going on around them. Although, prolonged stress after a disaster- commonly referred to as post-disaster stress-is bad for human physical, […]

Programs

We offer numerous free and affordable programs on agriculture and natural resources, family and community health, economic health and youth development. We also offer many volunteer opportunities. Browse the list below.
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The V.G. Young Institute of County Government, part of The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, provides continuing education for elected county officials across Texas.

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Texas Rural Leadership Program provides adult leadership and community development for rural individuals, communities, organizations, and regions.

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TALL is a comprehensive, two-year leadership enhancement study program of agricultural policies and environmental issues for emerging leaders in Texas agriculture.

Courses

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This course is designed to explain the purpose of Special Inventory and give an overview of the process.

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The county tax office serves almost every resident of their county – every property owner, every auto owner, and many others. Providing effective customer service to all taxpayers promotes the public’s trust in the tax office as the first point of contact for the taxing entities they serve.

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This course is designed to help supervisors and managers understand key components of personnel management. Topics examined include employer/employee communication, personnel policies, legal concerns, and best practices related to hiring, performance appraisals, disciplinary actions, and termination. (TDLR #25793)

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    This course is designed to guide participants in the essential functions of the county tax office. Upon completion, participants will earn 2 hours of continuing education credit from the V.G. Young Institute of County Government, a part of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

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    Employers and supervisors are tasked with keeping their organizations in compliance with employment laws. Designed for the general public, this course provides an overview of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), and sexual harassment. (TDLR #27113)

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    Explore the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as it relates to employment. Included in this 1-hour course are definitions, non-compliance, and accommodation requirements. Upon completion of the course, participants will earn 1 hour of continuing education credit. (TDLR #27115)

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    County budgets can be complicated but provide for county services for citizens. Tax Assessor-Collectors and their staffs will understand the basic responsibilities of a budget officer, recognize the procedures for planning a budget and identify the fees, expenses, and methods of collecting costs for providing services.

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    The New County Tax Assessor-Collector & Chief Deputy Orientation Course is approved by the Tax Assessor-Collectors Association of Texas for 2 hours of continuing education, and if successfully completed within 90 days of taking office, this course satisfies the requirement to complete constitutional and statutory training.

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    One of the areas of responsibility for District and County Clerks is to manage the registry of the court. This involves receiving funds and dispensing payments as ordered by the court. After completion, you will understand the purpose and setup of the registry, your role as a clerk and how to receive and dispense payments.

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    This course is for district and county clerks in Texas and meets requirements for clerks needing 1 hour of continuing education on fraudulent court documents and fraudulent document filings. Participants will review codes and definitions of fraud and understand the role of the clerk regarding fraudulent documents.

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    This 1-hour course covers the 7 tenets of the Code of Ethics and Sections 94.70, 94.71, 94.72 and 94.73 of the Property Tax Administrative Rules. This course has been approved by the Property Tax Assistance Division of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts for all property tax professionals.

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    This course is for anyone working with the general public and has been approved by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) for one continuing education credit. Participants will review the basics of ethics and receive guidance to base decisions upon when faced with ethical issues.

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    This course will help Tax Assessor-Collectors understand the duties for collecting motor vehicle sales tax, duties for remitting motor vehicle sales tax to the Comptroller, bonding requirements, procedures for retaining the annual commission, and records retention policies for documents related to these duties.

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