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Dec 17, 2019
Alcoa Corporation, a global leader in bauxite, alumina, and aluminum products, today announced that it will permanently close its Point Comfort alumina refinery in Texas.
Oct 18, 2019
VEDC President Dale Fowler will lead the state association of economic development professionals as Chairman of the Texas Economic Development Council's Board of Directors in 2020.
Jul 02, 2019
The company is one of fewer than 10 companies in the U.S. and Canada that have an American Society of Mechanical Engineers Reinforced Thermoset Plastic Corrosion-Resistant Equipment Certification and they recently shipped two newly fabricated 21½-foot fiberglass containers from the Port of Victoria, confirming the local manufacturer has not only returned but surpassed previous production milestones.

VEDC Board of Directors


David C. Edwards, Chairman

A 35+ year banking veteran serving American Bank in the Victoria region as a Senior Commercial Lending Officer, David earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance at Texas Tech University. He also serves the Victoria community as member and Past-President of the Victoria County United Way, and as an officer on the board of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra.

Nancy Garner, Vice Chairman

In addition to being a licensed real estate broker since 1987 and a licensed salesperson since 1983, Nancy is also an accountant. She purchased the Woolson Real Estate Company in 1995 after managing the firm since 1982, and serves them as President and Broker.

Bobby Jacob, Secretary

Senior Vice President of Frost Insurance specializing in commercial and business insurance for the last 25 years.  Previously in bank commercial lending for 20 years. Degreed in Finance from Texas A&M.  Prior Board Chairman of VEDC in 2000 and 2001.

David Hinds, Treasurer

Dr. Hinds followed his passion for education and was named President of the Victoria College in 2015. David attended The University of Texas at Austin, the University of Houston, Texas State University, and Midland College. He taught classes at Brazosport College and served as vice president of instructional affairs at Alleghany College in Maryland before returning to South Texas. 

Jon New, Officer

As President and Owner of New Distributing Company, Inc., Jon leads the successful three-generation family business of fuel and lubricant distribution that was established in 1959. 

Don Whitaker, Officer

Chief Financial Officer of Keating Auto Group, Don is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in finance. Prior to joining the KAG, he served as a consultant that assisted Houston in their bid for a National Football League team franchise known as the Texans.

Thomas A. Schmidt, Immediate Past Chairman

President and Senior Engineer of Urban Engineering. Tom is a graduate of Texas A&M University with Master of Engineering degree in Transportation Engineering and Pavement Design and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.


William R. Blanchard

W. Clayton Cain
Cullen, Carsner, Seerdan & Cullen, LLP

Elton Calhoun
President & Owner
Regional Steel Products, Inc.

Cally Coleman Fromme
President & Chief Executive Officer
Zarsky Lumber Company

Jesús A. Garza
City Manager
City of Victoria



Rawley McCoy
City of Victoria

Royce Moran
Regional President
Prosperity Bank

Vee Strauss
Manager, External Affairs
American Electric Power

Tommy Taylor
General Manager

Hon. Ben Zeller
County Judge
Victoria County