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Welcome to

VICTORIA Jesse D. Pisors

2020 Chairman of the Board Welcome to Victoria, Texas! Whether you have been a Chamber member for years, are newly living/doing business in Victoria or just visiting, I want to welcome you on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber’s mission is to lead, empower and unite the business community, and we would like you to be a part of our team. Our strength is in our size and our

unity, and you can help us achieve great things for our entire business community as a Chamber member. The Victoria Chamber of Commerce provides a number of services, programs and activities that bring a high degree of value to members: monthly luncheons, conferences, business expos, social mixers, dozens of ribbon-cuttings and dedications each year, professional development opportunities, training programs and more. A few of our signature events and programs include Leadership Victoria, the South Texas Transportation Conference and the Victoria Certified Friendly Program. Most importantly, we want to serve you. Our dedicated Chamber staff is ready to hear your suggestions and feedback and try to answer any question you may have. We want to be indispensable to our members, and we know that as we achieve this goal, we will have made Victoria a better place for living and doing business.

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While the board of directors of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce held its annual planning retreat for 2020, it asked a key question: How can we be indispensable to the members we serve? The Chamber as a whole seeks to serve better, communicate more effectively and expand the value that it brings to all member organizations, large and small. All board members share the desire to strengthen the Chamber’s infrastructure so it is capable of doing more for members and the city. The Chamber’s mission is “To lead, empower, and unite our business community.” As the 2020 Chairman of the Board Jesse Pisors stated, ”Our leadership role is crucial this year as the board selects and on-boards a new president for the Chamber. The Chamber will be actively involved in discussions around the City of Victoria’s economic development, quality of life, appeal to visitors, appeal as a place to live and raise a family and, most importantly, as a place where business growth is supported.” “The more that we unite Chamber members to speak with one voice on issues that impact all of us,” Pisors explained, “the more of a difference we can make. Today we have about 660 members, and the goal is to grow that to 1,000. With a larger, more engaged business membership base, the more we can accomplish.” Pisors emphasizes that he is deeply honored to serve in the role of Chairman. He encourages citizens and businesses to reach out to him directly with thoughts and suggestions about the Chamber’s role and member benefits. “I have long believed,” he stated, “that the best



ideas never come from an individual but from a group. With our members’ ideas, input and involvement, we can continue to grow and expand our impact as the Victoria Chamber of Commerce.”


Empowering and uniting the business community, the Victoria Chamber of Commerce dedicates time at its annual meeting to honor local leaders and members that go above and beyond to serve the community. “What a privilege to be able to recognize the efforts of these community members on this grand scale,” says Jesse Pisors of UHV, the 2020 Chairman of the Chamber Board. “The Chamber provides a prestigious platform to shine a spotlight on the service of these people and businesses.”

Ambassador of the Year: Trey Johnson

A graduate of Del Rio High School, the 2019 Ambassador of the Year was awarded to Trey Johnson. Johnson was in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M for 2 years before graduating from UH-V with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He has been married for 25 years to Sarah, a retired VISD teacher. His radio career spans 43 years in Beeville, Del Rio, Cuero, Bryan, Reno and Victoria. The last 19 years have been at Victoria Radio Works working both on-air and in sales. Johnson has been a Chamber Ambassador for the last 4 years, on the Board of Directors for the last 3 and is currently the Chairman of the Ambassadors. He also

volunteers as the Board President at the Victoria Teachers Federal Credit Union. And this last October, Trey reached the milestone of 20 gallons of blood donated to South Texas Blood and Tissue.

Outstanding Small Business Partner of the Year: Ventura’s Tamales

The Small Business Partner of the Year is a true partnership with family ties. The honor was awarded to Ventura’s Tamales. The business was started in 1985 by Ventura Loa Gutierrez and her daughter Martha Vasquez. It began in its original location on Water Street in South Victoria as a to-go only location that later converted a working area to four small tables for dining in their facility. Over the years, they have relocated twice so far to expand their operations to include a full-service dining experience, a drive-through, and catering services. The business is now owned and operated at 3907 N. Navarro Street by two of the daughters of Ventura, Martha and Susan Martinez, and also Isidro Martinez, who operates the production facility which is still located on Water Street. They employ approximately 50 employees and strongly believe in supporting and giving back to the community. They joined the Victoria Chamber of Commerce only a year ago and expresses deep gratitude to the community for their support over the last 35 years.

Outstanding Corporate Business Partner of the Year: Caterpillar Victoria

Caterpillar Victoria won this award for 2019. The company announced plans to locate in Victoria in the Summer of 2010. In the Spring of 2011 they broke ground on the facility, and production began in the spring of 2012. The facility has 5 buildings located on 320 acres of land. They employ over 850, with 44% female and 67% minorities. They are committed to helping develop the workforce of tomorrow. They are an icon in Victoria and do so much for the community by partnering with many local organizations and schools at all levels. Caterpillar Victoria leaders believe in the importance of giving back to the community in which they live and work.

of Education degrees. She earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Texas A&M UniversityKingsville in 1997. She has been a teacher, assistant principal, and principal of two exemplary and recognized elementary schools in VISD. She was named TEPSA’s National Distinguished Principal of Texas in 1999. She also served as Superintendent of Bloomington ISD before retiring. She was honored as South Texas Woman in 2000. In 2009, Josie was chosen as one of the “Wonders of Victoria”. In addition, she was honored as the Alumna of the Year by the University of Houston-Victoria in 20132014. In 2018, she was honored as the Educator of the Year by the Texas Alpha Delta Kappa District IV. Being active within the Victoria community is something that Josie enjoys very much. She has served in various positions here in Victoria for many years. Dr. Rivera served as an elected member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Pastoral Council. She also served on the Boys and Girls Board of Directors, the DeTar Healthcare System Board, the UHV’s President’s Advisory Council PAC Chair – 2002-2004, the Affectionate Arms Adult Day Care Board of Directors and the Community Mother and Child Board of Directors. Presently, she is serves on the Victoria College Board of Trustees, the Victoria College Foundation Board of Directors, The South Texas Hospice Board of Directors, and the VISD Career and Technology Advisory Committee. She also volunteers at the South Texas Hospice Center. In addition, she is a member of the Morning Study Club and last year joined Alpha Delta Kappa. Dr. Rivera also serves as an Honorary Ambassador with the Victoria Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. This past December, her term ended as a member of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

2019 Chamber Citizen of the Year: Dr. Josie Rivera

Dr. Josie Rivera was proudly proclaimed the 2019 Chamber Citizen of the Year! She earned her Associate’s degree from Victoria College then transferred to the University of Houston Victoria and earned three degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Education and two Master CHAMBER OF COMMERCE


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In Victoria, there are no strangers, just friends we haven’t met yet. This is a place where small town values survive and a sense of community permeates every activity. Residents enjoy the best of both worlds as Victoria combines the best of city living while surrounded by the beauty of Texas’ rolling plains.


Victoria is located 30 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico. For those wanting to enjoy a weekend in the “big city,” Victoria is located within a 2 hour drive from four major metropolitan areas – Austin, Houston, San Antonio and Corpus Christi.


In the spirit of small town values, Victoria comes together for many community events, live music and festivals throughout the year, such as Bootfest, Jam Fest and the Memorial Weekend Bash.


Victoria is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with hunting, fishing, bird watching, swimming and water sports available year-round and just a short drive away. Just a few miles outside of Victoria, Patriot Park offers fishing, swimming and picnic areas in a lovely 95-acre park setting.

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Area History 1824

• The city of Guadalupe Victoria was founded by Martín De León, in honor of the first President of the Republic of Mexico


• The population reaches approximately 300


• During the Texas Revolution, Guadalupe Victoria contributed soldiers and supplies to pro-revolutionary forces • The town was occupied by Mexican forces after the Battle of Coleto


• After the Battle of San Jacinto, the town was renamed Victoria


• Victoria post office was established • A cholera epidemic hit the area • Victoria Advocate, the state’s second oldest existing newspaper, first published


• A large population of European immigrants moved to Victoria, particularly Germans


• The San Antonio & Mexican Gulf Railroad reached Victoria


• Population rose by 62.2% to 5,957

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• Victoria included a symphony orchestra, fine arts association, nationally recognized Bach Festival, numerous historic homes, museums, and libraries, a branch of the University of Houston that complemented Victoria College, Texas Zoo and a medical center serving a seven-county area

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Victoria is a regional transportation hub with local access to major large and small freight carriers, Victoria Regional Airport, railway terminals, the shallow draft Port of Victoria, and the deep water Port of Port Lavaca-Point Comfort. Known as the South Texas Crossroads, Victoria’s excellent highway system includes US Hwy 59, US Hwy 87, US Hwy 77 with easy access to Interstate Highways I-10, I-35 and I-37.


The City of Victoria is managed by an elected mayor/city-council form of government. The County of Victoria is managed by an elected commissioner’s court with an elected county judge serving as administrator.




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Trinity Episcopal School 361-573-3220 1504 N. Moody • Victoria, TX 77901 www.stjvictoria.com St. Joseph High School 361-573-2446 110 E. Red River • Victoria, TX 77901 www.stjvictoria.com

COLLEGES / UNIVERSITIES University of Houston-Victoria 361-570-4848 3007 N. Ben Wilson St. Victoria, TX 77901 www.uhv.com

Victoria College 361-573-3181 2299 E. Red River St. • Victoria, TX 77901 www.victoriacollege.edu

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County Judge Ben Zeller . . . . . . . . 361-575-4558 BZeller@vctx.org


Precinct 1 - Da Costa Danny Garcia . . . . . . 361-575-8711 DGarcia@vctx.org

Rawley McCoy . . . . . . 361-485-3030 P.O. Box 1758 • Victoria, TX 77902 Mayor Pro-Tem • District 2 (Term 2018-2021) Josephine Soliz . . . . . . 361-485-3030 jsoliz@victoriatx.org District 1 (Term 2018-2021) Rafael DeLaGarza, III rdelagarza@victoriatx.org District 3 (Term 2018-2021) Jeff Bauknight . . . . . . 361-578-8689 P.O. Box 5306 • Victoria, TX 77903 jbauknight@victoriatx.org

DeTar Healthcare Systems (North) 361-572-6100 101 Medical Dr. • Victoria, TX 77901 www.detar.com

District 4 (Term 2018-2021) Jan Scott . . . . . . . . . 361-485-3030 P.O. Box 1758 • Victoria, TX 77902 jscott@victoriatx.org


Super District 5 (Term 2019-2022) Dr. Andrew Young . . . . 361-485-3030 ayoung@victoriatx.org



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Super District 6 (Term 2019-2022) Mark Loffgren . . . . . . 361-485-3040 mloffgren@victoriatx.org

Precinct 2 -Nursery Kevin M. Janak . . . . . . 361-575-7932 KJanak@vctx.org Precinct 3 - Goliad Hwy Gary Burns . . . . . . . . 361-578-8212 GBurns@vctx.org Precinct 4 - Business 59 Clint Ives . . . . . . . . . 361-575-5221 CIves@vctx.org


Criminal District Attorney Constance Filley Johnson . 361-575-0468 205 N. Bridge St., Ste. 301 Victoria, TX 77901 www.vctxda.org Victoria County Courthouse 361-575-0581 • www.victoriatx.org 115 N. Bridge St., Ste. 330 Victoria, TX 77901

Victoria City Municipal Court 361-485-3050 107 W. Juan Linn St. • Victoria, TX 77901 www.victoriatx.org


Ted Cruz . . . . . . . . . 202-224-2934 404 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 www.cruz.senate.gov



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Victoria Public Library 361-485-3302 • victoriapubliclibrary.org 302 N. Main • Victoria, TX 77901

Senator - District 18 Lois Kolkhorst . . . . . . 512-463-0118 P.O. Box 12068, Capitol Station Austin, TX 78711 Lois.Kolkhorst@senate.texas.gov https://senate.texas.gov/member.php?d=18

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U.S. Representative -District 27 Michael Cloud . . . . . . 361-894-6446 111 N. Glass • Victoria, TX 77901 Victoria, TX 77901 https://cloud.house.gov U.S. Senators John Cornyn . . . . . . . 202-224-2934 517 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 www.cornyn.senate.gov


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Representative - District 30 Geanie W. Morrison . . . 512-463-0456 1908 N. Laurent, Ste. 500 Victoria, TX 77901 https://house.texas.gov/members/ member-page/?district=30


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One of the Golden Crescent area’s greatest strengths is its diversity of industry. From education to healthcare to industry, it is by our diversity Victoria’s economy remains strong and vibrant as we attract new businesses and industry to our area. All economic indicators point to a bright future for the Victoria economy. 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. Victoria’s biggest industry by employment is manufacturing - which accounts for over 7000+ area jobs. These corporations are a vital part of the Victoria 18 manufacturing community. Get to know three of the largest corporations that call the Victoria area home: Formosa Plastics®, DOW® and Air Liquide!

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What do you want the community to know?

Construction at Formosa Plastics Corporation, Texas began in 1980. FPC-TX is a growing, verticallyintegrated supplier of plastic resins and petrochemicals. With annual revenues of more than $5 billion, we employ nearly 2,500 people who operate over 20 production units in five business units - Olefins, Polyolefins, Vinyl, Specialty Polyvinyl Chloride, and Chlor-Alkali. Formosa Plastics is the largest property tax payer in Calhoun County and Jackson County, Texas. We’re committed to supplying the highest quality products and services to our customers, providing a safe and healthy workplace for our employees and contributing to the quality of life in the communities where we operate.

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This commitment is made possible through our dedicated people, consistent products, continued protection of the environment and ongoing investments in new product development, quality control systems and safe, modern and energy-efficient production facilities.

What are Formosa’s values?

Our Company Vision states: “Each individual in our Company takes personal pride in achieving performance excellence. Through our common goal we aspire to explore, challenge, and strive to exceed the best industry practice in every task performed. This enables us to maintain global competitiveness, achieve healthy, continual growth that will benefit society, and fulfill our commitment to our customers and responsibility to our colleagues. In addition, Formosa is committed to the protection of the environment, the health and safety of its employees and the community.

What was the last big achievement that was celebrated?

The Port Lavaca Formosa Wetlands Walkway, which was destroyed by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, was rebuilt with the help of $200,000 donated by Formosa and the Formosa Environmental Trust fund. The January 23, 2020 rededication was attended by Formosa President Mr. Jason Lin.

What is your [Steve Marwitz] favorite part about working for Formosa?

The employees - they are amazing! In 2019 Formosa employees donated more than 400 hours of their time while raising $300,000 in a United Way Charity Golf Tournament, became the largest donor group for the South Texas Blood Bank with over 504 units donated and a new employee committee organized a non-profit called Sportsman’s for Charity Club and held the 1st Annual Hook & Cook for Charity Fishing Tournament. This new effort resulted in over $50,000 being distributed to five local charities in a three county area.

What career opportunities are available?

Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A. recruits employees from a variety of professions, including administration, engineering, science, finance, customer service and sales to fill positions at our Corporate Headquarters and manufacturing facilities. Our goal is to position employees where their education and experience will be utilized and their professional interests will be satisfied. Our employees enjoy an intellectually stimulating and professionally-rewarding work environment. We encourage mutually contributory relationships among all staff members in a team-oriented environment. Formosa Plastics Corporation, Texas created a Training Center to provide new job opportunities to people, including the local workforce, who do not have all the education they need or enough experience to work in a chemical plant. Trainees are hired as contractors and are paid while attending classes through to graduation. As of end of year 2019, the Training Center has held 33 classes with 593 trainees hired; 506 of those are our Facility’s process operator employees with more rolling over almost monthly.

What new, innovative products/services are under development? Recent big achievements were the start-up of the



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expansion projects for PE-III and Olefins-III with other projects undergoing commissioning.

How does Formosa give back to the community?

The facility has a clear vision of its role in not only providing good jobs, and of being a responsible, accountable and supportive part of Texas and the local community. Employees are encouraged to volunteer their time and skills in making our area a better place to live. Formosa has four Community Trusts that were established over 20 years ago by the Company’s Chairman and founder. Company employees serve on the Boards of these Trusts and are also involved in the decision making process of how these grants are to be awarded. In 2019, the facility supported local religious organizations, local school districts, local hospitals, and local environmental groups through direct contribution or by awarding grants through a Company Trust. Last year, recipients of grants from the Company’s Religious Trust gathered for the annual luncheon and grant award ceremony. Representatives of thirty-five (35) faith based organizations were awarded a total of $42,000 from the Company’s Religious Trust. The Company’s Scholarship Trust awarded $46,000 in scholarships to high school students from a local school district and the Company’s Hospital Trust awarded $20,000 for medical equipment at a local hospital.

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Dow combines global breadth, asset integration and scale, focused innovation and leading business positions to achieve profitable growth. The company’s ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company in the world. Dow’s portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure and consumer care. Dow operates 109 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 36,500 people. To learn about Dow, including Dow’s commitment to sustainability,



please visit www.dow.com or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter. You can also find and follow Dow UCC Seadrift Operations on Facebook.

What are Dow’s values?

Dow’s core values are Integrity, Respect for People, and Protecting the Planet.

What was the last big achievement that was celebrated?

In April 2019, Dow successfully completed its separation from the DowDuPont merger, becoming a more focused, streamlined, and leading materials science company. Dow launched with leading positions in three segments: packaging, infrastructure and consumer care, making the company even better positioned to drive revenue growth and innovate for its customers. Leveraging three advantaged building blocks – ethylene, propylene and silicones, Dow powers one of the deepest chemistry sets in the industry. As a result of this, Dow’s “F Unit” in Victoria, a former DuPont manufacturing site, was welcomed into the Dow Seadrift Operations family, enabling 75 additional Dow jobs in the region.

What is your [Wes Heinlein] favorite part about working for Dow?

My favorite part of working for Dow is the people. Folks here genuinely care about each other and the work they’re doing. I feel I can make a real difference, be myself, and grow in such an inclusive and supportive environment, and with all of the knowledgeable technical resources that I can call upon within Dow. I’m also proud of Dow’s strong position on advancing sustainability and providing the world with products that address real needs, like improving energy efficiency and extending fruit and vegetable shelf life to minimize food waste.

What career opportunities are available?

If you want to change how the world works, your pathway to shaping the future starts at Dow. Join our team and work together with people who are as passionate about collaboration as you are. Opportunities exist for experienced professionals, students at the beginning of their career search, new grads looking for their first job and an apprenticeship program that offers on-the-job training and education all at once. Get started by visiting www.careersatdow.com.

How does Dow give back to the community?

Dow people dedicate their time and talents with programs that connect science and people. Our initiatives partner our employees with communities across the globe. Globally, Dow’s “Leadership in Action” is an innovative collaboration between Dow Human Resources and DowCorps to develop solutions for specific community challenges in the developing world. Employee teams of 35–45 people are paired with a non-governmental organization and participants work virtually for several months, then assemble in the community for one week of intense solution development. The result is transformation and progress for the community, hands-on training and development for our employees and new business opportunities that also help transform lives.

Locally, Dow people engage with communitybased organizations as well as through Dow-led efforts, including #PullingOurWeight, where in 2019, Dow employees from around the world teamed up to collect more than 175,000 pounds of waste from local beaches and waterways. This was accomplished with more than 18,000 volunteers at 175 different locations, including

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the beaches at Port O’Conner. Dow has also sponsored a Habitat for Humanity build in Victoria in 2019, and employees have volunteered with numerous other local organizations and in our schools. Since 2016, over $680,000 has been contributed to non-profit organizations in our area.

What new, innovative products/services are under development?

At Dow, we strive to make products and promote processes to enable the best environmental performance, mindful of every aspect of a plastic’s lifecycle. For example, working with our partner UPM, Dow is turning a waste residue from paper production into naptha, creating an alternative and renewable feedstock for plastics production. This waste product comes from sustainably managed forests - extracted as a residue when separating wood fiber for pulp production. Unlike other alternative renewable feedstocks, no extra land resources are required and there is no competition with the human food chain. This approach is reducing CO2 emissions by more than 50% when compared to standard fossil derived PE resins and the polymers produced as a result are helping packers and converters to meet their sustainability goals. Inside Dow plants, we use drone technology to perform inspections on towers and in enclosed areas, taking our people out of doing this work so it is much safer. Dow is looking at other technologies to eventually turn our sites into ‘smart plants’, further increasing the safety and security for our people and our communities.

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Air Liquide is a world leader in gases and technologies and serves a wide range of industries: energy, metals, food, chemicals, automotive, pharmaceuticals, etc. In addition, Air Liquide supports the healthcare industry by providing services to patients at home and hospitals.

What are Air Liquide’s values?

Air Liquide promotes employee diversity. With over 67,000 employees globally there is diversity of nationalities, training, and expertise. Air Liquide embraces a global approach to our climate objectives:



reduce our assets carbon intensity in 2025 vs. 2015 by 30%, take action for our customers to create a clean industry by developing low-carbon solutions, and contribute to a new low-carbon society.

What was the last big achievement that was celebrated?

In 2019, the Victoria site was awarded the CEO’s Safety Award, which is the top safety award in the company.

What is your [Laura Mahany] favorite part about working for Air Liquide?

Air Liquide really values and cares about its employees. We are a small site that feels like a family with the resources and support that come with a large global corporation.

What career opportunities are available?

We don’t have an open roles at the Victoria plant at this time. However, we employ operators, engineers, maintenance professionals, electricians, instrument technicians, and mechanics.

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Innovation is at the heart of Air Liquide’s customercentric transformation strategy. Air Liquide has 5 innovation campuses globally (Delaware, Paris, Frankfurt, Shanghai, and Tokyo). In 2019 alone, there were 330 new patents filed by Air Liquide with over 4,300 employees contributing to innovation. The focus of these employees range from: understanding new trends and usages; focus on data, design, user research and software engineering; focus on molecules to link science to business; and focus on data science and decision science.

Home Sweet Victoria features a diversity of neighborhoods and a variety of homes that range in value from the low $100,000s to the $1 million range. Although there is only a few million dollar homes, there are plenty of options for high end homes in the $400+ price range. As for style, home buyers have a variety of home architectural styles ranging from modern of today to mid-century modern and the historic Victorian style that the city is known for. Although the average age of a home in Victoria is over 35 years, there are plenty of current new construction opportunities - with more coming all the time! For those looking for low maintenance living, check out the townhomes for sale in the TEAKWOOD VILLAS subdivision. Starting at just $150,000, these townhomes have been designed with minimal maintenance & yard work in mind, these units are perfect as a starter home, a retirement home or even just someone who wants to focus on life without the big mortgage payment.


SALEM CROSSING is a close knit subdivision with sidewalks and no drive through traffic located just minutes from the majority of restaurants and shopping in Victoria! CAPSTONE ESTATES is a tight-knit community that boasts low county taxes and sits just outside the city limits. The beautiful lots of PELICANS POINT offer quick access to Hwy 87, Loop 463, Downtown Victoria and are only minutes from nearby schools. For larger lots to build your dream home, check out the QUAIL CREEK homesites that span more than a quarter acre. POST OAK ESTATES plays host to picturesque home sites of all shapes and sizes surrounded by mature oak trees in an established country community. The square lot layout at PARSONS ESTATES, allows for the most maximization of space for yard and additions such as a shop!


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Victoria’s housing market is also rich in history and residents of historic homes work hard to preserve this heritage. Founded in 1824, Victoria is home to a variety of historic buildings and features a range of iconic architecture including Greek Revival, Southern Colonial and Italianate. Currently there are over 100 homes within the city that are on the National Register of Historic Places - and more continue to be renovated to their former glory each year. Historic homes offer various amenities that buyers love: high ceilings, ample windows, decorative woodwork and a chance to live “in history.” For everyone else, just looking at these gorgeous homes is a trip back in time. The most popular area to view historic homes is “Old Victoria.” Here you will see towering homes that people like Robert Lewis Dabney, Stonewall Jackson’s chief of staff, once lived. Victoria’s newest historic district is the College Park neighborhood. Homes in this area aren’t as old as the other districts in the city, but showcases mid-century homes as well as a mix of other architectural styles along beautiful tree lined streets. Each year people from all over the state come to the area specifically for the Historic Homes Tour, a 30+ year springtime tradition where you can walk Victoria’s historic districts and learn about the rich history and architecture of the city. Contact Victoria Preservation Inc. for more details.

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With nearly 14,000 students, the Victoria Independent School District (VISD) boasts 14 elementary and eight secondary campuses. VISD offers advanced academics to its scholars, including preadvanced placement courses, dual credit classes, gifted and talented classes, AVID and more. Recently VISD became one of the first school districts in the state to be designated as a “District of Innovation.” This distinction allows VISD to build on community partnerships in order to educate students for the 21st century workforce. Victoria’s dedication to making these opportunities available to every VISD student is illustrated through community partnerships that span businesses, higher education, civic organizations, parents and individuals.

Students are positioned for entering the workforce or college, thanks to career and college centers located at Victoria East and Victoria West high schools. Each center has an adviser available to help students with preparing for their careers after graduation. VISD’s collaboration with Victoria College, the University of Houston-Victoria and other higher education institutions allows high school students to earn college credits while also pursuing their diploma. Balancing a rigorous class schedule, students also have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities, such as basketball, golf, volleyball, football, power lifting, wrestling and cheerleading - to name a few. Likewise, pupils can nurture their creativity through the fine arts, which includes theater, orchestra, choir, band, dance, mariachi, ballet, art and guitar. Each school also offers a variety of clubs and organizations that encourage student involvement.


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Aloe Elementary School 361-788-9509 • 62 Chaparral Chandler Elementary School 361-788-9587 • 5105 Guy Grant Rd. Crain Elementary School 361-573-7453 • 2706 N. Azalea DeLeon Elementary School 361-788-9553 • 1002 Santa Barbara

Shields Elementary School 361-788-9593 • 3400 Bluebonnet Smith Elementary School 361-788-9605 • 2901 Erwin Torres Elementary School 361-788-2850 • 4208 Lone Tree Vickers Elementary School 361-788-9579 • 708 Glascow


Dudley Elementary School 361-788-9517 • 3307 Callis Rd.

Cade Middle School 361-788-2840 • 611 W. Tropical Dr.

Hopkins Elementary School 361-788-9527 • 110 Hopkins Rd.

Howell Middle School 361-578-1561 • 2502 Fannin

Mission Valley Elementary School 361-788-9514 • 12063 FM 236

Patti Welder Middle School 361-575-4553 • 1604 E. North St.

O’Connor Elementary School 361-788-9572 • 3402 Bobolink

Stroman Middle School 361-578-2711 • 3002 E. North St.

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Rowland Elementary School 361-788-9549 • 2706 Leary Ln. Schorlemmer Elementary School 361-788-2860 • 2564 Mallette Dr.

Victoria East High School 361-788-2820 • 4103 E. Mockingbird Ln.

Victoria West High School 361-788-2830 • 307 W. Tropical Dr. Career & Technology Institute 361-788-9288 • 104 Profit Dr.


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“We want students to discover their talents and value, and the plans they have for their lives,” says Larry Long, superintendent of Faith Academy. We want to disciple and help them understand they are both the light and salt of the earth.” Faith Academy builds exceptionally strong bonds and student relationships that last a lifetime. “It’s a seamless program, preschool through 12th grade,” says Long. “Our teachers stay for a long time and they’re all degreed teachers. We’re also a dually accredited institution, recognized by two different organizations that are qualified according to the guidelines acknowledged and recognized by the Texas Education Agency.”


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Nazareth Academy is the fourth-oldest Catholic school in the state and the oldest educational institution in Victoria. Serving pre-K through 8th grades, the academy prepares students for future careers in many ways, including a focus on technology. With the benefit of a 25 station computer lab in the K4 to eighth grade classrooms, students use the labs yearround, learning keyboarding skills, Microsoft Office applications, Internet safety and how to conduct academic research and compose papers using proper MLA formatting. Smartboards are also used in class.


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Our Lady of Victory Catholic School instills enthusiasm for lifelong learning and promotes

student growth in the commitment to serve God, one another, the Catholic Church and the community. On the academic side, students in pre-K through 8th grade take classes in English, math, science, history, handwriting, spelling and more. Electives are also part of 7th and 8th grade instruction. Our Lady of Victory Catholic School also offers extracurriculars, encouraging students’ physical and social well-being through choir and sports, such as volleyball, football and basketball.

ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL 361-573-2446 • www.stjvictoria.com

Serving Victoria since 1868, St. Joseph High School is Victoria’s only nationally accredited, exemplary Catholic high school. Cultivating a peaceful, challenging and loving atmosphere that fosters spiritual growth, the school is known for academic excellence and its focus on building the Catholic educational community. Rigorous classes are designed to prepare St. Joseph students for admission into the best colleges and universities in the nation, as well as develop them into well-rounded citizens. On top of that, pupils have a variety of athletic pursuits in which to participate.


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Founded in 1954, Trinity Episcopal School’s mission is to introduce students to innovative, creative and time honored teaching methods while realizing there is an intellectually curious learner within every child. Trinity encourages students to discover the power of their own minds to think critically, seek answers and solve problems. The school maintains several campuses, including the Early Learning Center (K3-K4), Lower School (K-5th grade) and Middle School (6th through 8th grades.)

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Higher Learning UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON VICTORIA 361-570-4848 • UHV.edu

The University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) is growing in some new and exciting ways as we move into a new decade. The university reached the 4,500 enrollment mark for the first time during the fall 2020 semester, and construction projects across campus are complete or nearing completion. “UHV is making positive developments in some important areas, and our students will see some major benefits,” UHV President Bob Glenn said. “Thanks to the ongoing support of the Victoria community, the university can look forward to helping students achieve their educational goals for years to come.” In August 2019, UHV hosted a ribbon cutting for its new University Commons student center and library. It is a three-story, 80,124-square-foot building located on the east side of Ben Wilson Street, directly across from the UHV University Center. It is home to the UHV Library as well as university offices that serve students. There also is a multi-purpose room with space for up to 250 people on the first floor and a covered balcony patio on the third floor. In August, the building also will feature a Chick-fil-A and a coffee bar that will serve Starbucks Coffee. The university and the City of Victoria have taken another big step closer to starting work on an attractive

entryway to the university after Victoria City Council members voted to move forward on a project to allow UHV to enhance Ben Wilson Street in front of the campus. The project will allow students, faculty, staff and visitors to safely cross the street to University Commons, a new residence hall and other future buildings on the east side of Ben Wilson Street. UHV’s new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics building and a fourth residence hall for the growing on-campus student population are nearing completion. The 58,464-square-foot, three-story STEM building will house a 120-seat classroom; motion capture, robotics and gaming, biology, anatomy and other types of labs; and an immersive 210-degree visual theater. The 272-bed Don & Mona Smith Hall will be for upperclassmen. Both buildings are set to open in fall 2020. In addition, UHV owns and is renovating a large portion of the former Town Plaza Mall in Victoria and received a $1 million matching federal grant that will be used to renovate the building. Once it is finished, the building will house the UHV Small Business Development Center, the Center for Regional Collaboration, classrooms, faculty and administrative offices, labs, and storage of some library books and materials. UHV offers more than 80 academic programs in three schools for students to have a wide variety of choices. The School of Arts & Sciences is home to a Master of Science in Publishing, which focuses on the history, development and current practice of publishing. EDUCATION


The school also has a Specialist in School Psychology degree, the first specialist degree in the university’s 47-year history and the highest degree now offered by UHV. Another outstanding program available through the school is the nationally ranked undergraduate and graduate digital gaming programs. Students in the School of Business Administration can take bachelor’s and master’s degrees with concentrations in accounting, finance, marketing, management, human resource management, healthcare administration and other areas. The school recently added a Master of Accountancy for students who want to become CPAs. The school is accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which gives this mark of excellence to less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide. Students also can take a new degree in the School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development. In January, the school started offering classes for the new Master of Science in sport management. The school offers programs in education, nursing, counseling, kinesiology and health studies. The master’s programs in school counseling and clinical mental health counseling are accredited by the national Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.




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Victoria College (VC) has provided quality and affordable higher education and training since 1925. VC offers education and training leading to associate degrees, certificates, industry-recognized credentials, and academic transfer to four-year universities. Programs and courses are offered in business and technology, health careers, industrial trades, public service, and liberal arts and sciences. “Our vision at VC is to empower each student to excel in a learning environment that promotes positive relationships among students, faculty, and staff,” said Victoria College President Dr. David Hinds. “We also strive to stimulate educational attainment, economic growth, and cultural enrichment in partnership with business, industry, community groups, and all levels of education.” Many students take advantage of VC’s affordability while completing their first two years of coursework and leave better prepared to continue their academic careers at four-year universities. High school students can begin earning college credit while still in high school with Victoria College’s dual-credit classes. Victoria College is also a leader in providing diverse workforce training and continuing education to meet demands of area residents and the local job

market. VC works closely with area business and industry partners to ensure that its training programs meet specific employment needs. Adult Basic Education is offered to help students improve basic skills in reading, writing, and math in order to prepare for the GED exam and college, and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses help non-native speakers learn to communicate in the English language more effectively. Victoria College’s Emerging Technology Complex is the Crossroad region’s premier training and meeting facility. The state-of-the-art facility’s three-story Conference and Education Center has become a favorite venue for gatherings of large and small businesses, companies, and organizations. The two-story Industrial Training Center is home to many of VC’s industrial trades and customized training courses. Victoria College has been named a “Great College to Work For” three consecutive years by The Chronicle of Higher Education and employs more than 300 people at its Main Campus in Victoria, the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, the Emerging Technology Complex, the Museum of the Coastal Bend, the VC Gonzales Center, and nursing schools in Cuero and Hallettsville. EDUCATION


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From routine checkups to the most advanced treatments, family services to fitness programs, health care providers in Victoria expertly tend to the wellness needs of residents in all stages of life. Wellness is achieved through not only seeking treatment for ailments, but by taking an active role in prevention. Victoria offers many programs and events to help stave off disease, such as the “Crossroads Heart and Stroke Walk� to benefit the American Heart Association. Not only do the proceeds go to fund the American Heart Association, but it also encourages residents to be more active. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, positive changes like this have lowered the death rate for heart disease by more than 28% in Victoria County since 2005. The area is served by many gyms, fitness centers and fitness classes that offer personalized exercise programs to promote wellness, improve physical fitness levels or help you recover from illness and injuries.



Citizens HealthPlex, an extention of Citizens Medical Center, is a state-of-the-art gym that includes indoor and outdoor track, indoor pool, daily fitness classes, Crossfit gym and childcare. They also offer specialty programs like cardiac rehabilitation, massage and various therapy programs.

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Victoria is home to the largest medical community in the Golden Crescent region. This progressive medical network provides ready access to state-of-the-art care at every level from hospital campuses to clinics, urgent care centers and primary care physicians. These facilities provide individualized care with the most modern advances in technology for inpatient and outpatient services. More than 270 practicing physicians in Victoria representing nearly every medical specialty, residents


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Citizens Medical Center is a not-for-profit hospital known for compassionate patient care, clinical expertise, and bringing advanced medical services to the South Texas region since 1956. They are guided by a simple mission: “to provide quality medical services at a reasonable cost to the citizens of the region.” Today, Citizens is a 338-bed acute care hospital with over 1,000 employees. Citizens Medical Center is recognized for its outstanding cardiology program which includes a nationally accredited Chest Pain Center. Citizens has a Comprehensive, Accredited Bariatric Surgery program, a nationally accredited Comprehensive Community Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and has a 24/7 emergency department, advanced Level III Trauma facility and on-site medical helicopter, a Primary Stroke Center, imaging and surgery center, sleep study center, Citizens Birth Center with labor and delivery, state-ofthe-art rehabilitation and fitness center, urology center and daVinci robotics minimally invasive surgery options, a home health agency, and has a long history of providing continuing education for healthcare providers and the community. Most recently Citizens Medical Center announced that they will add an electro physiology clinic this year, which is a specialized service that allows physicians to better understand and treat patients with abnormal heart rhythms.


www.detar.com DeTar Hospital Navarro: 361-575-7441 506 E. San Antonio St. • Victoria, TX 77901 DeTar Hospital North: 361-573-6100 101 Medical Dr. • Victoria, TX 77904

The physicians, staff and volunteers of the DeTar Healthcare System pride themselves on caring for our community. Since 1924, the DeTar “family,” has grown to a team of 1,200 staff members, more than 200 physicians and 120 volunteers who dedicate themselves to keeping Victoria healthy. Their two full-service, acute care hospitals, DeTar Hospital Navarro and DeTar Hospital North offer services one may expect to travel miles to receive. DeTar hospitals in Victoria include Level III and Level IV Trauma Centers and have been designated a Primary Stroke Center and accredited as a Chest Pain Center. They also have a comprehensive cardiac program with two cardiac catheterization labs, an electro physiology program and open-heart surgery. The hospitals have also been recognized for providing quality care by the Joint Commission. In addition, DeTar’s inpatient rehabilitation facility has been recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and offers round-the-clock nursing care and at least three hours of physical, occupational and/or speech therapy. To better serve their littlest patients, DeTar includes a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with the area’s only program providing 24-hour coverage with in-house neonatologists. DeTar believes in harnessing the power of people to create great care. A patient-centered team of doctors, nurses, employees and volunteers work hard every day to make DeTar facilities a place of healing, caring and connection for patients and families.



POST ACUTE MEDICAL REHABILITATION HOSPITAL OF VICTORIA (PAM) 361-220-7900 • www.postacutemedical.com 101 James Coleman Dr. • Victoria, TX 77904

PAM Rehabilitation Hospital of Victoria is a comprehensive inpatient medical rehabilitation hospital offering 26 spacious, private rooms in a beautiful boutique hospital environment with state-of-the-art rehabilitation technology. PAM is pleased to offer specialty programs and highly trained staff in all of our hospitals. The rehabilitation hospital programs primarily focus on brain injury, stroke, amputation, spinal cord injury, neurological conditions, complicated orthopedics, and multiple trauma. Certified rehabilitation registered nurses, telemetry monitoring, advanced cardiac life support certification, and multiple specialty certified therapists are part of the individualized treatment program offered at PAM.


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Through the vision and generosity of its founder, Clara Driscoll, Driscoll Children’s Hospital has served the families of South Texas since 1953 via their freestanding hospital and more than 30 medical and surgical specialties. Driscoll Children’s Victoria includes a specialty center, quick care clinic as well as a Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic that offers diagnosis, treatment and ongoing care of expectant mothers and their unborn babies, who may be at high risk for special health problems and a Pediatric Cardiology Clinic offering general, interventional and electro physiology consults.

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Driscoll Children’s Specialty Center – Victoria is a pediatric outpatient center that delivers specialized and complex medical care, exclusively serving children from Victoria and neighboring communities. Driscoll physicians travel from Corpus Christi to treat patients who live in the area. The multispecialty clinic provides pediatric subspecialty services in the areas of: endocrinology, gastroenterology, general surgery, nephrology, neurology and urology.


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timely treatment for a wide range of common problems like coughs, colds, flu, asthma, allergies and other minor illnesses. Children rarely get sick or injured at a convenient time which is why they offer extended hours, staying open from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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Victoria is located near the Gulf of Mexico and between four major metro areas, offering easy access to lots of entertainment and cultural events. The area also includes plenty of ways for seniors to find the mental, physical, spiritual and emotional stimulation to keep them healthy. That’s why Victoria draws snowbirds to the area during the winter months! The city also includes a variety of housing options for senior residents - both short term and permanent basis. A favorite choice for snowbirds, local RV parks offer plenty of amenities for comfort and opportunities to socialize. Rates are available for daily, weekly or monthly stays. For those who are ready for more permanent moves, Victoria has many senior living communities including facilities for low income-affordable, independent, assisted living, skilled nursing and memory/Alzheimer’s care. The key to staying young as you age, is staying active. No matter the interests, there is something for everyone. Take a walk or bike along the nature trail. Go fishing in the Guadalupe River or enjoy the beauty of the Rose Garden at Riverside Park. For those who are looking for a challenge of the mind, there are plenty of book clubs, board games, bingo, card games and more at the local senior center! These activities help seniors socialize and stay active, which is a critical part of wellness. So get out there and enjoy all that the “golden years” have to offer.




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Meals on Wheels Victoria also operates a senior citizens center within Victoria where seniors can congregate for food and fellowship. Bingo is played daily at 10am and lunch is served at 11am. Other activities include a monthly movie, a weekly bible study, an active quilting group, and periodic health screenings and educational programs. A $3.00 donation is requested for lunch, but no one is turned away for inability to pay.


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It’s pretty satisfying to find all you need in one place. Think about a recent shopping trip where you didn’t have to hop around to several different stores just to cross everything off your list. When you’re talking about planning a day’s worth of activities, in Victoria your one-stop-shop is definitely Riverside Park. At over 600 acres, Riverside Park is one of the premiere parks in all of South Texas, featuring a wide variety of activities and serving as the location for numerous events and community gatherings. As its name suggests, the park sits along 4.5 miles of the beautiful Guadalupe River. The banks, covered in lush vegetation of pecan, oak, and cypress trees, create a truly relaxing landscape that feels worlds away from the busy city nearby. For those wanting to take a paddling trip down the gently-flowing river, a boat ramp and take out point are available. Don’t own a kayak? Rentals from local outfitter Flow Paddle Co. will help you get all set for an aquatic adventure. Remember to bring your fishing poles too and try your luck for catfish, bass, and sunfish. Looking to stay on dry land? Hit the links at Riverside Golf Course where you’ll face 18 challenging holes. At 6,579 yards with a par-72 arrangement, you’ll definitely need to bring your A-game as water hazards and strategically placed trees line the fairways. Players frequently see deer and other local wildlife roaming the course, bringing golf in the park to life. Get some practice time in at the driving range, and save your legs with a rental from their fleet of modern carts. Golf is obviously a big sport in Riverside Park,



but I’m not just talking about the kind you play with clubs. Riverside features a 21-hole disc golf course designed by John Houck, widely considered to be the world’s premiere disc golf course designer. Let it fly on signature holes that run along the banks of the river, creating a thrilling and challenging scenario for even the most skilled of players.

Of course, it’s always good to slow down a bit and just spend some quality time in nature. A number of walking trails can be found in Riverside Park, with the most notable being the Athey Nature Trail. Take a stroll among the beautiful trees and catch a glimpse of multiple species of wildlife like deer and songbirds. For a more manicured setting, the Memorial



Rose Garden hosts over 1,000 rose bushes along with an ornamental water fountain, gazebo, and various walkways. It’s a great spot to just stop and think. Pebble Beach in the Grover’s Bend area of the park offers visitors the opportunity to dip their toes in the cool river and picnic right next to the water’s edge. That’s not all that Riverside Park has to offer. The Texas Zoo, one of Victoria’s most popular attractions, is located in the park. Featuring over 150 animals of both native Texan and exotic species, the zoo is a can’t-miss spot for families. Get up close and personal with their wildlife encounters which offer the chance to interact with lynx, lemurs, coatis, and more. Educational programs and themed camps are a great way to introduce your little ones to the wonders of the

natural world. Riverside Park also hosts the ultimate summer pastime with live baseball action from the Victoria Generals at Riverside Stadium. The Generals, a member of the Texas Collegiate League, play dozens of season games against division rivals. Community organizations and local businesses often sponsor free tickets for select games, and themed nights featuring fun promotional items make this a great way to spend some time with the family. Adults can also enjoy draft beer on the party deck and kick back in the lively atmosphere. Pair your drink with a little ball park food and you’ve got the perfect summer evening combo. Come on out to the ball game and cheer on the home team! For a romantic dinner, night out with friends, or

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This state-of-the-art museum experience is perfect for families to explore. With over 10,000 square feet of indoor space and over 20 exhibits, it can help you stay dry or beat the heat while your little ones design and create in a wonderfully hands-on environment. Regardless of how you spend your time, you’re sure to discover something new!

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One of Texas’ most challenging courses bordering the Guadalupe River, disc golf at Riverside Park is a blast. Afterward, explore the grounds, featuring more than 600 acres, 200 picnic areas, a zoo, duck pond and more!


Five Points Museum of Contemporary Art draws on the cultural diversity of South Texas, featuring broad access to works by regional and national artists and creators. Local and national artists are showcased, celebrating the community’s Mexican and European foundations. Admission is free.


The Leo J. Wilder Center for the Performing Arts hosts year-round performances, including theater, dance and concerts, just to name a few. Owned and managed by Victoria College, the center caters to



business events, too, and is home to resident company Theatre Victoria.

MUSEUM OF THE COASTAL BEND www.museumofthecoastalbend.org

The Museum of the Coastal Bend showcases the rich multi-cultural heritage of Texas’ midcoastal region. Through a robust slate of permanent and temporary exhibits, educational programming, public lectures and conservation efforts, the museum enhances the appreciation and enjoyment of the region’s heritage.



The oldest art museum in the Crossroads area, the Nave Museum features six to eight diverse and compelling exhibits each year, both classical and modern, ranging in styles from portraiture and landscapes by celebrated Texas artist Royston Nave.



Grab the grocery list and head to the Pattie Dodson Health Center to find fresh and seasonal items at the open-air farmers market. Tantalizing home-baked goods, local honey, free-range eggs and fresh produce abound. There are also fresh meats, herbs and pickles to take home. Enjoy live music and food trucks as well. The market is open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ENTERTAINMENT & RECREATION





Making spirits bright, the city of Victoria’s Annual Lighted Christmas Parade is the perfect way to start the holiday season. Taking place in Downtown, friends and families gather for festive merriment in early December including more than 100 twinkling floats, vehicles and marching bands.



Featuring over 50 magnificent, moving works of art, the annual Art Car Parade in April, presented by the Five Points Museum of Contemporary Art, is entirely unique. After the parade, spectators can check out the vehicles at the museum. Bold or whimsical, the artwork and designs are creative originals.



In early October, guests put on their boots and head out to Victoria’s largest, free music festival. The festival features incredible live music with two stages showcasing Country music recording artists, as well as a variety of other national and regional favorites playing country, folk, classic rock & roll, blues and more. The kids will love the large Kids’ Corral with a wide variety games, inflatables, and performances to entertain all ages. Shop till you drop with the over 40 merchandise vendors and enjoy all kinds of tasty festival treats with 30 food vendors. Western



crafters and boot makers will show off their talents while western performers will entertain the crowds. Compete in the washers pitching tournament, check out classic rides at the car show, truck & motorcycle show, run in the downtown 5K and more!



Offered in late October, the torch-lit tour travels back in time through the perspectives of historic figures who all played a pivotal role in Victoria’s rich history. Re-enactors play out colorful and lively vignettes as visitors meet the ghostly residents of Evergreen Cemetery.


In February 2019, Citizens Medical Center hosted the 3rd Annual Citizens Run Against Cancer HalfMarathon and 5K in Victoria, Texas, to raise money to help patients in our community who are fighting cancer. Check their website for the 2020 information.


Participate in the Heart Walk, locally sponsored by DeTar Healthcare System, to join a million Heart Walk Heroes from across the nation in raising funds for lifesaving science. Help keep hearts everywhere beating and join the American Heart Association to take steps together to cure heart disease and stroke.


The Howl-O-Ween Block Party and Haunted Zoo is a top-notch fright fest with jaw-dropping excitement. Visitors are invited to wear costumes and participate in games, treats and activities as they stroll around Texas Zoo.


Join the Victoria Rotary Club for a great day of gun safety, fine shooting, good food and fantastic fellowship. The shoot features a catered steak dinner, silent and live auctions as well as the Calcutta.




Purchase tickets to the Historic Homes Tour and Gala from Victoria Preservation Inc.’s website. Victoria’s historical fabric, both phsyical and cultural, continues to live through the vision and efforts of VPI, its membership and supporters.


JAM Fest, a free music festival, takes place downtown features tunes, food and shopping. It’s a great way to spend an April day. Along with diverse bands and multiple genres of music, JAM Fest features a little something for everyone.

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It’s one of the most festive nights of the year, the Victoria Ballet Theatre’s production of “The Nutcracker” has been wowing crowds since 1985. Come enjoy the sound and colors of the holidays for five public performances.

Performing masterworks of classical repertoire and new music, this week-long festival, held each June, celebrates the beloved work of J.S. Bach and composers of the ages. Audiences find delight in orchestral, choral, and chamber works performed by local and nationally acclaimed artists in various venues around the Victoria area.




The Parade of Homes is a showcase of Victoria’s newest and most exquisite homes. Sponsored by the Crossroads Builders Association and corporate anchors, homes are open to the public to tour and view the latest in kitchens, baths, interior decor, craftsmanship, furnishings and so much more. The parade takes place each May.



Steeped in tradition, polo at McFaddin Ranch is the quintessential event of the year. Enjoy tailgating, wine and beer, a live silent auction, live music and the Kid’s Corral. The polo match is held in early April as a benefit for the Nave Museum.



The Annual Riverside Ride, presented by the Kiwanis Club of Victoria, consists of four routes, including a challenging 100-mile route through the rolling hills of northwest Victoria County.


The South Texas Transportation Conference takes place each September and is a premier educational forum for planners, government officials and economic development representatives. Held at Victoria College Conference and Education Center, the event provides updates and details on transportation projects important to maintaining excellent quality of life in South Texas.

VICTORIA LIVESTOCK SHOW www.victorialivestockshow.com

Attracting more than 10,000 visitors each year, the Victoria Stock Show - in its 74th year - is one of the few remaining livestock shows where 100 percent of the proceeds from each animal sold at the auction is paid to the 4-H/FFA Junior Exhibitors. Pre-show events include BBQ cookoff, parade, carnival, beauty pageant and more.



Show your support for YOUR Chamber by joining us at the Victoria Chamber of Commerce Victoria Open. This tournament is for the serious golfer and the lighthearted. You are exhibiting tremendous support of your Chamber when sponsoring this event.


The annual VTCIFF is designed to inspire and champion independent artists while introducing the community to the passionate work being done in independent cinema. Visiting filmmakers screen their films, collaborate on new films and sometimes return to Victoria to shoot their next film.



Grab a line and a pole and come on down to Port O’Connor each May for the Warrior’s Weekend annual fishing event. This event supports U.S. veterans with an emphasis on those wounded in the Global War on Terrorism.



The Texas Mile is speeding to the crossroads of South Texas! Come check out the action every March and October at the Victoria Regional Airport. Drivers compete against themselves as they see how fast their cars, trucks and motorcycles will go in 1 mile – with no speed limit! Food trucks will be on site as well as vendors.

Wine tasting, food pairing, entertainment and music make a night of fun at the annual Wild About Wine fundraiser for the Texas Zoo in March. The grounds are transformed into a magical venue emphasizing a special theme. A wide variety of select wines are, of course, part of the evening.






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