Small Town Summit

Small Town Summit Series

The Small Town Summit is a new webinar series hosted by Central Texas Council of Governments (CTCOG) and DDCT. The Small Town Summit began as part of the DDCT’s newly approved 2022-26 CEDS, as a strategy for communicating emergency preparedness techniques to local municipalities in a one time summit, but quickly expanded to become a webinar series on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from June through October. Topics include

  • Digital Literacy
  • Here for Your Community: CTCOG Resources
    Preparing for the Unexpected
  • Updating Infrastructure Without Breaking
    the Bank
  • Intergovernmental Relations: How to work
    with State and Federal Governments
  • Economic Development

Speakers come from Federal, State and local agencies, EDCs, and more!

The first session is Digital Literacy, which will be split into two parts:

Digital Literacy

Thursday, June 9, 2022, 2:00-3:30pm

  • Key Tips for Using Teleconference Platforms
    Hope Geiger, AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Cybersecurity: How to Spot Spam and Other Potential
    Suzi Hilliard, Texas Department of Information Resources
  • How Your Digital Literacy Skills Can Help Your Community
    Kami Griffiths, Community Tech Networks

The recording for Part One of Digital Literacy can be found here!

Thursday, June 23, 2022, 2:00-3:00pm

  • Websites and Social Media 101
    Jonathan Dwinell, Presley Design

The recording for Part Two of Digital Literacy can be found here!


Here for Your Community-CTCOG Resources

Thursday, July 14, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

  • What is the Central Texas Council of Governments?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Jim Reed, AICP, CTCOG Executive Director

Success Stories:

  • City of Morgan’s Point Resort, City Manager Position                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Jim Reed, CTCOG Executive Director
  •  Public Safety: Grants & Peace Officer Training                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jesse Hennage, Assistant Director for Planning/Public Safety
  • Milam County EDA Grant                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Judge Steve Young, Milam County Judge                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Michelle Morgan, Milam County Economic Development Coordinator

Thursday, Aug.2, 2022, 2:00-3:30 PM

  • Emergency Preparedness and the CTCOG                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Jesse Hennage, Emergency Services Program Manager, CTCOG
  • Emergency Communications: How to Prepare as a Local Government                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   David Shaw, District Coordinator II-Killeen, Texas Department of Emergency Management
  • How to Communicate with Your Community: Panel                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jennifer Henager, Emergency Management Coordinator, City of Temple                                                                                                                                                                                               Taran Vaszocz-Williams, Fire Chief, City of Morgan’s Point Resort                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jeff Smith, Fire Chief & Emergency Management Coordinator, City of Lampasas
  • Community Households and Partnerships for Disaster Resiliency                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bob Harrell, Emergency Management Coordinator, Coryell County
  • How to Leverage the Defense Support of Civil Authorities During Disasters                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Keith Sledd, Executive Director, Heart of Texas Defense Alliance
  • Success Stories: Hamilton County Emergency Communications                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lacy Alexander, Hamilton County Emergency Management Coordinator

To recording for Part Two of Preparing for the Unexpected can be found here!


Updating Infrastructure Without Breaking the Bank

Wednesday, Aug.31, 10:00-11:30 AM

  • Basic Infrastructure Planning and Prioritizing: How to Create a Capital Works Plan                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kara Escajeda, City of Nolanville 


  • Non-Grant Routes of Funding: Certificates of Obligation, Bonds, and Other Sources                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Ben Morse, Orrick Law Firm

The recording for Part One of Updating Infrastructure Without Breaking the Bank can be found here!


Wednesday, Oct.26, 2:00-3:00 PM

  • Getting Started: State Grants and Loans

Michelle Bobo, Texas Department of Agriculture

  • What to Know About Federal Grants

Robert Peche, Economic Development Administration

  • Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

David Bartels, Federal Transportation Administration

The recording for Part Two of Updating Infrastructure Without Breaking the Bank , can be found here!


Economic Development

Part One: Tourism and Small Business Development

Wedensday, Nov.9, 2:00-3:30 PM

  • How to Increase Small Business Capacity in Your Community
    Sanfrena Britt, UCare Director, Texas A&M Central Texas                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tom Elmore, Career Center Supervisor, Workforce Solutions of Central Texas
  • Travel Texas: The current State of Tourism + Resources, Programs & State MOU
    Spencer Zamora, Office of the Governor
  • How to Use CTCOG Tourism Site to Market Your Community
    Dominic Elizondo, Regional Planner, CTCOG
  • Questions and Closing
    Anna Barge, Special Projects Coordinator, CTCOG

The recording for Part One of Economic Development, can be found here!


Part Two: Economic Development

Wednesday, Dec.7th , 2:00-3:00 PM

  • Driving Economic Development through Parks and Recreation
    Brynn Myers, City Manager, City of Temple
  • Leveraging Your Downtown through the Texas Community
    Development Block Grant Programs
    Crystal Ortegon, Program Specialist, Texas CDBG
  • Downtown Development Success Story: City of Belton
    Judy Garrett, Tourism/Retail Development Coordinator, City of

The recording for Part Two of Economic Development can be found here!