Economic Development


The Economic Development Department focuses on expanding the capacity of Hispanic/Latino community members to make sound, educated financial decisions that build long-term assets and financial security. Casa for Employment and Leadership (CEL), a project of El Centro Hispano located in Carrboro, North Carolina, seeks to increase economic growth, social inclusion, and prosperity of Hispanic/Latino community members by focusing efforts on work and income security; worker protection and training; and financial literacy and wealth-building efforts.

Work and Income Security

Increase the number of Hispanic/Latino community members with stable, profitable employment, and connect job seekers with permanent employment while advocating for fair and equitable income & benefits for workers as well as assist Hispanic/Latino with opportunities to start-up and/or expand self-employment ventures.

Worker Protection & Training

We aim to provide workers in vulnerable situations (migrants, day laborers, homeless, persons with intermittent work) with a safe place for job training, placement, and leadership development as well as educating and mobilizing the community around labor laws and worker rights.

Financial Literacy & Asset Building

Expand the capacity of Hispanic/Latino community members to make sound, educated financial decisions that build long-term assets and financial security and advocate for policies and institutions that protect consumers and their rights.