Calhoun County, City of Port Lavaca, Victoria Economic Development Corporation (VEDC) Partnership
5 Apr 2023
VEDC Contracted to Provide Economic Development Services in Calhoun County and Port Lavaca
VEDC, Calhoun County and the City of Port Lavaca entered into an Agreement on March 22 to help recruit and support businesses and industry in Calhoun County the City of Port Lavaca. The contract runs until the end of 2025. VEDC will be the economic development staff reporting to County and City leadership. Calhoun County Judge Richard Meyer is a full voting member of the VEDC Board of Directors and sits on the Regional Advisory Committee.
“Our dealerships serve the entire Crossroads region. We see it as one market. It makes sense we work closely together to have the ability to have a greater impact for the businesses and residents of Victoria, Port Lavaca and Calhoun County.” -Don Whitaker, VEDC Board Chair & Keating Auto Group CFO
“We are excited to partner with the new leadership at VEDC. Calhoun County has a seat at the table and we will be able to be sure VEDC is serving our needs. There’s a lot of interest in Calhoun County and VEDC will help us respond to those requests for information.” -Richard Meyer, Calhoun County Judge
“VEDC has a great track record of helping to create jobs. Working with VEDC provides much better value to the residents of Port Lavaca than hiring our own staff and providing support. We are glad to partner with them to grow our City and serve our residents.” -Jack Whitlow, Mayor of Port Lavaca
“This year we have helped 5 companies find sites in Calhoun County. Some of these projects are still active. Collectively, they could create 1,000 new primary jobs and invest $4 billion in the County. These investments will have a positive impact for decades to come. We are surrounded by regions working closely together for their economic development efforts. We are thankful for the opportunity to strengthen the regional economy. Working together makes the best use of our shared resources to help create and retain jobs.” -Jonas Titas, CEcD, VEDC President
VEDC, formed in 1982, is a private non-profit economic development membership organization serving the City of Victoria, City of Port Lavaca, City of Edna, Calhoun County, Victoria County, Victoria County Navigation District and the surrounding area impacting the regional economy. VEDC has 6 public sector funding partners and 78 private sector investor members.
The key objectives of VEDC are to recruit new businesses, both international and domestic, to create jobs and increase the tax base, retain and expand existing business by assisting them to increase profitability through exports, strategic alliances, new project development and workforce development improvements.