Grow Hays, Inc.

Grow Hays is your partner in business success. Whether you are starting a new business, expanding an existing business, adding to your workforce, need to find financing, or just don’t know where to start on a problem, Grow Hays is here to assist. Give us a call to find out how we can assist you in your business success.


Now Grow Hays, the Ellis County Coalition for Economic Development was founded in 1988, during a period in which the county experienced a downturn in the ag and oil industry, as well as the loss of a major employer.  Community leaders came together to create an organization that could put the community back on the right economic track.  The Ellis County Coalition (Grow Hays) was born.

Formed as a public/private partnership between Ellis County, the cities within Ellis County, the entity was funded in part by Ellis County, the cities of Hays, Ellis and Victoria and private contributions. Grow Hays focuses on one simple mission, the economic growth and being of the community.  To further this end, the Grow Hays works with the community and businesses in a number of areas: affordable housing development, workforce development and training, grant writing, relocation assistance, start-up assistance, business recruitment, and much more.

Grow Hays continues to develop and maintain strong relationships with local, state, and federal organizations in an effort to bring resources and support to businesses located in the community.  As your business succeeds, our community succeeds.  

Core Values:


An organization that exemplifies integrity, collaboration, commitment, communication, and, when necessary, confidentiality.



Core Purpose:


Catalyst for expansion of the economy of Ellis County and surrounding areas by focusing on employment growth and wealth creation.



Core Goals:

Successfully retain and expand existing business, recruit new businesses, and create and foster a spirit of entrepreneurism in Ellis County and the surrounding areas. 

Services Provided

Advocacy & Public Policy

  • Business Issues Related to a Specific City
  • Community Involvement
  • Legislative Issues
  • Small Business Issues

Business Planning

  • Census Data

Management Issues & Training

  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Mentoring
  • Recruiting Assistance

Import & Export Assistance

  • Networking
  • Trade Education
  • Foreign (Free) Trade Zone

Office, Laboratory & Meeting Space

  • Conference/Meeting Space

Economic & Property Development

  • Consulting
  • Revitalization
  • Legislative Agendas
  • Site Location Assistance
  • State Tax Credit and Assistance


  • Topics Related to Developing & Maintaining a Small Business
  • International Trade
Contact Information
Ernee Sly
(785) 628-1471