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Sep 24, 2020
New Pipeline will connect the Eagle Ford Basin directly to the Port of Calhoun, creating more than 1000 new Texas jobs and increasing Texas oil exports.
Sep 15, 2020
Victoria EDC has partnered with economic development professionals in the region to conduct an impact analysis project as a member of the COVID-19 Business Resources Working Group. The results of the surveys will provide our legislators and local elected officials valuable information as they work to help our community and state recover.
May 07, 2020

The Texas Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas has provided Guidelines and Open Texas Checklists to help safely and strategically restart and revitalize all aspects of the Lone Star State. All Texans are called on to act responsibly while helping protect our most vulnerable neighbors. 

Labor Force

Victoria has become the location preferred by primary employers. With that designation has come a highly-trained, well skilled workforce. Victoria's premium location in the state places our community in proximity to a labor force of more than 320,000 workers within a 75-minute drive, more than 3,000,000 workers within a 2-hour drive. 

  • Texas is a Right-to-Work state.
  • Low union profile in the manufacturing sector.
  • Texas has instituted major reforms in worker’s compensation, lowering employer’s costs substantially over the past several years.

The Victoria College, University of Houston-Victoria, and Texas Vocational Schools graduates students each year that can provide a labor force reinforced with customized training skills. Texas has more than $250 million in federal funds available annually for training services to disadvantaged, unskilled and dislocated workers. The Texas sponsored Skills Development Fund is administered locally through Texas Workforce Solutions of the Golden Crescent.

Victoria has a stable, well-trained labor pool available at a cost that ranks below other comparable U.S. markets.

Texas has the nation’s second largest workforce with over 11 million workers. Texas also boasts the nation’s third largest pool of graduate scientists and second largest pool of graduate engineers.