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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. 

Apr 20, 2020
VEDC is partnering with Corpus Christi's Regional EDC to better understand the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on our local business community. We are participating in an impact analysis project as a member of the COVID-19 Business Resources Working Group that is conducting a series of local business surveys.
Apr 14, 2020
Governor Greg Abbott announced that Goldman Sachs and the LiftFund, along with other community development financial institutions (CDFIs), are partnering to provide $50 million in loans to small businesses in Texas that have been affected by COVID-19 as part of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.

Victoria TX - Trending Up

As the keynote speaker at the Victoria Economic Development Corporation's 2019 Semi Annual Membership meeting, Tony addressed the members and their guests on the dynamics of the competitive economic development and site selection process. He has evaluated the Victoria community while working on a project for a client of Duff and Phelps and is able to share insight into the overall readiness of Victoria for new industrial development.

View Tony's presentation here

Tony Schum is a vice president in Duff & Phelps’ Site Selection & Incentives Advisory practice in Austin, Texas. Tony specializes in identifying, negotiating, and implementing economic development incentives for companies that are expanding or relocating.  He also assists clients in the pursuit of workforce training awards, R&D funding, and other grants expected to generate significant economic impact. Prior to joining Duff & Phelps in 2011, Tony was a director of economic development for the Austin Chamber of Commerce, where his primary role was recruiting new technology companies to Central Texas.  Other areas of responsibility included business retention & expansion, marketing, and public policy work.  Prior to joining the Austin Chamber in 2004, Tony worked for Texas Governor Perry’s Office of Constituent Services.

Since 2004, Tony has worked with hundreds of companies to secure federal, state, and local incentive awards, from high-tech startups to the Fortune 500. Tony’s expertise spans the automotive, biotech, creative media, distribution & logistics, energy, manufacturing, and software industries. He attended Texas State University, where he earned a B.A. in Political Science. He has also completed continuing education courses from the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma.