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VICTORIA’S LARGEST COMMERCIAL PROPERTY OWNER

JAMES WAYNE PROPERTIES Serving Victoria & Surrounding Areas for Over 30 Years Warehouses • Strip Centers/Retail • Industrial Complexes • Office Buildings • Rent-a-Shops Our experienced & knowledgeable staff is personally invested in every individual & business we partner with. We employ our own property managers & maintenance staff & on call 24/7 to ensure our tenants are fully supported & operational.

Full Service Property Management Company Premium Properties & Locations • Affordable & Flexible Leases Superior Staffing & Support of Lease Holders

2608 N. Laurent St. • Victoria, TX 77901

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At Mac Haik Ford Lincoln, our goal is to make your car-buying experience the best it can possibly be. We know how overwhelming it can be to shop for a car, so let our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff guide you throughout our no-hassle process. With our wide selection of new and pre-owned inventory, we'll make sure you drive away with the perfect car to fit your specific needs and budget. Since 2003, Mac Haik Ford Lincoln has not only been taking great care of our customers but also focusing on improving our community. Our dealership regularly participates in charities and community organizations such as Toys for Tots, CCA, Warrior Weekend, LULAC, YMCA, and Victoria Livestock.

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TIRE & AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE

ALL THE AUTO SERVICES & TIRES YOU NEED, HERE UNDER ONE ROOF Locally Owned & Operated For 11+ Years!

For Products, Services, Appointments & More, Please Visit:

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UHV.edu | (361) 570-4848 You and your family can make your mark right here at the University of Houston-Victoria. The university has proudly served the Coastal Bend region and beyond since 1973 by offering top-quality, affordable and convenient higher education.

close to home. Choose from face-to-face or online classes in more than 80 academic programs. Get a degree in popular areas such as kinesiology, digital gaming, teaching, marketing, nursing, criminal justice or accounting. We can’t wait for you to become a UHV Jaguar!

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elcome to beautiful Victoria, Texas! Whether you are a Chamber member, local business leader, looking to relocate or just visiting, we hope you learn more about all that our city has to offer within this 2021 edition of the Victoria Magazine. It goes without saying that 2020 was a challenge for every business and community in the U.S., and Victoria was certainly no different. However, through it all, our community stuck together and remained strong. As the new President/CEO of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce, my goal is to redefine the role of the Chamber within the community. The Chamber recently relocated to downtown Victoria to reintegrate our Chamber with the local

business community as well as the community as a whole. We feel this move will increase Chamber awareness as we implement post COVID-19 programs that will benefit area businesses and work to improve the area’s quality of life. We can not do this alone, and appreciate the interaction and support that the Chamber receives from our 600+ business and individual memberships. A strong, active Chamber provides the invaluable benefit of a unified voice for the growth of business in our great city. As leadership in both our Chamber and the community transitions in 2021, the Chamber will continue to be dedicated to representing the interests of the businesses in our community. When local businesses flourish, it benefits the whole community. With business success we create a common thread of shopping local, schools growing and expanding and higher education continuing to develop valuable curriculum that meet the needs of our advancing students and the desires of a rapidly changing business and industrial community. We are proud to call Victoria home. Whether you’re here to work, a visit or for a lifetime, we hope you enjoy all of the things that Victoria has to offer.

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VICTORIA’S SMALL BUSINESS PARTNER OF THE YEAR

Ronnie Hyak: Dick’s Food Store

VICTORIA’S CORPORATE BUSINESS PARTNERS OF THE YEAR

Doug Wallace: H-E-B Plus! • Michael Greenly: H-E-B As the pandemic began in early 2020, many unfounded fears spread regarding the need to stockpile food, household cleaning items and all things that grocery stores provide. The logistical problem became not only how to keep the shelves stocked, but also how to move customers in and out of the stores safely with proper health protocols. In Victoria, two grocery stores operators (at one local store and one statewide chain) stepped up to the challenge. They did not act as competitors during this time; their stores functioned as community partners focused on the needs of our community and responding effectively.

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Therefore, the Chamber proudly chose Ronnie Hyak, owner of the local Dick’s Food Store, as Victoria’s Small Business Partner of the Year and Doug Wallace and Michael Greenly, of H-E-B Plus! and H-E-B, as Victoria’s Corporate Business Partners of the Year. These stores proactively responded with a focus of true, passionate service to our community. Examples of their efforts include “senior shopping only” hours established by Dick’s Food Store and H-E-B’s quick implementation of safety protocols. Because of these actions, the citizens of Victoria felt safe shopping at these stores and cooperated fully during the early days of the pandemic.

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

Dr. Quintin Shepherd: Victoria ISD Dr. Quintin Shepherd, Victoria Independent School

District Superintendent, knew that our community and schools were in uncharted waters when it came to working through the pandemic. While there were many unanswered questions and unproven avenues, Dr. Shepherd’s paramount focus was caring for and protecting our community’s most precious asset - the children/students. Dr. Quintin Shepherd was indeed the “shepherd” who watched over the students of Victoria. Through trial and error on many programs in public education, Dr. Shepherd led the school district with confidence and compassion. Early in the pandemic, Dr. Shepherd continued the food programs in the district making sure students in need did not go hungry, even if they were not in our district. Because of his deep devotion to the well-being to all the children during this time of crisis, we are pleased to name Dr. Shepherd as the Chamber’s Citizen of the Year.

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ictoria, located beside the Guadalupe River, is nicknamed the “Crossroads of Texas” because of its two-hour proximity to large metropolitan cities Corpus Christi, Houston, San Antonio and Austin. Victoria is the largest city and county seat of Victoria County.

SMALL-TOWN FEEL WITH BIG CITY POTENTIAL

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. Quality educational opportunities from pre-K to post-grad, family-friendly entertainment, access to a wide variety of recreation, clean neighborhoods and more make Victoria an ideal place for families. 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. DeLeon Plaza downtown is a popular setting for festivals and special events.

TEXAS MUSIC FRIENDLY COMMUNITY

Victoria is proud to be designated as a Texas Music Friendly Community! Participation in the Texas Music Office’s “Music Friendly Community” program provides Texas communities with a network for fostering music industry development, and sends a clear message to industry professionals that certified communities are

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serious about attracting and developing music industry growth. Be on the lookout for more great things to come from this program in Victoria!

FILM FRIENDLY TEXAS COMMUNITY

Victoria is also proud to be listed as a Certified Film Friendly Community by the Texas Film Commission, a program of the Office of the Governor of the State of Texas. The Texas Film Commission’s Film Friendly Texas program connects media industry professionals with skilled community liaisons across the state to provide local expertise and production support. Participation in the FFTX program provides Texas communities with a network for fostering media production in their municipalities, and sends a clear message to media industry professionals that Film Friendly certified communities are serious about attracting their business.

RICH HISTORY

Known for being one of the oldest towns in Texas, residents and visitors enjoy the city’s rich history and culture, both of which earned Victoria a spot on Livibility’s “Top 10 Cities for Historic Preservation” list. Martin de Leon founded the town in 1824 when he settled 41 Mexican families here. De Leon named the town Guadalupe Victoria, honoring the Republic of Mexico’s first president (not the Queen of England.) After Texas gained independence, citizens renamed the settlement Victoria. Victoria County Courthouse The stunning 1892 Victoria County Courthouse, constructed of Texas granite and Indiana limestone, fits


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2020 Population

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Average Age

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Average Household Income

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Some College or Higher # of Households

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Formosa Plastics . . . . 3,400 Victoria ISD . . . . . . . . 2025 The Inteplast Group . . 1,248 Citizens Medical Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,220 DeTar Healthcare System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 775 INVISTA . . . . . . . . . . 600+

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HIGH July

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LOW January

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Caterpillar - NAHEX Victoria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 600+ DOW - Seadrift Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 587 University of Houston Victoria . . . . . . . . . . 409 Victoria College . . . . . . .290

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the part with Romanesque Revival architecture by J. Riely Gordon. The 2001 restored courthouse appears on several lists as one of Texas’s most beautiful courthouses. Fossati’s Delicatessen Founded in 1882, Fossati’s Delicatessen is the oldest deli in Texas and where you can still get an Italian po’boy, Reuben or a chicken salad melt. Open weekdays only. Fossati’s is also one of the oldest restaurants in the U.S. still run by the same family. Over the years, Fossati’s has handled imported foods, groceries and feed and has served as an important gathering place for Victoria’s citizens. Many famous musicians have played at the deli, including country music legend Willie Nelson. In addition, the deli is often used for political functions as well, with former Texas Governor Rick Perry holding a campaign here on August 25, 2010.

OUTDOOR RECREATION

Victoria is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with hunting, fishing, bird watching, swimming and water sports available year-round and within 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.

TRANSPORTATION

Often referred to as the “South Texas Crossroads ”because of its location on the convergence of several major highways, the well-planned regional transportation

infrastructure offers a variety of choices including rail, waterway and air to move raw materials, finished products, and people in and out of Victoria. Victoria’s excellent highway system includes Hwy. 59, Hwy. 87, Hwy. 77 with easy access to interstate highways I-10, I-35, and I-37. This network connects Victoria to neighboring cities, all parts of the United States and internationally to Mexico. Union Pacific (UP) is the primary operator of the rail lines in Victoria County. Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) have track rights to operate on the UP lines. Inland Barge Canal to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway Victoria Barge Canal is a 35 mile-long waterway that connects the Port of Victoria to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW.) Located less than 10 miles south of city center in Victoria County, the Port of Victoria is a shallow draft port situated on over 400 acres and offers businesses outstanding service by barge, rail, and four-lane divided highways. Victoria Regional Airport is a 1,766 acre Class 1 FAR Part 139 Commercial Service Airport. Flights to Houston George Bush Intercontinental airport are available via Sky West Airlines and United Express with connections to all state, national and international airports. Multiple air freight services to Victoria are available with one on-site company specializing in hot-shot service for auto parts to major U.S. manufacturers.

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AUTO

DRIVERS LICENSE

Victoria Drivers License Office 361-578-3450 8802 N. Navarro St. • Victoria, TX 77904 www.dps.texas.gov

LICENSE & REGISTRATION

Victoria County Tax Accessor-Collector 361-576-3671 205 N. Bridge St., Ste. 101 Victoria, TX 77901 orion.vctx.org/appraisal/publicaccess

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Nazareth Academy Catholic School 361-573-6651 206 W. Convent • Victoria, TX 77901 www.nazarethacademy.org St. Joseph High School 361-573-2446 110 E. Red River • Victoria, TX 77901 www.stjvictoria.com Trinity Episcopal School 361-573-3220 1504 N. Moody • Victoria, TX 77901 www.tesvictoria.org

COLLEGES / UNIVERSITIES

Victoria Chamber of Commerce 361-573-5277 106 E. Forrest St. • Victoria, TX 77901 www.victoriachamber.org

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

EDUCATION

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

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Victoria Independent School District 361-576-3131 102 Profit Drive • Victoria, TX 77901 www.visd.com

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Faith Academy 361-572-4568 539 Waco Circle • Victoria, TX 77901 www.faithacademyvictoria.com

EMERGENCY/MEDICAL In Case of Emergency: DIAL 911

FIRE DEPARTMENTS

Victoria Fire Department Admin. 361-485-3450 1703 E. Airline • Victoria, TX 77901 www.victoriatx.gov


HOSPITALS

Citizens Medical Center 361-573-9181 2701 Hospital Dr. • Victoria, TX 77901 www.citizensmedicalcenter.org DeTar Healthcare System (Navarro) 361-575-7441 506 E. San Antonio • Victoria, TX 77901 www.detar.com DeTar Healthcare Systems (North) 361-572-6100 101 Medical Dr. • Victoria, TX 77901 www.detar.com

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Victoria Police Department - Admin., Patrol and Investigations 361-573-3221 306 S. Bridge St. • Victoria, TX 77901 www.victoriatx.gov

GOVERNMENT

MAYOR (Term 2021-2022)

Jeff Bauknight . . . . . . . . 361-485-3030 jbauknight@victoriatx.gov

CITY COUNCIL

Mayor Pro-Tem • District 2 (Term 2018-2024) Josephine Soliz . . . . . . . 361-485-3030 jsoliz@victoriatx.gov

District 1 (Term 2018-2024) Rafael DeLaGarza, III rdelagarza@victoriatx.gov

Precinct 3 - Goliad Hwy Gary Burns . . . . . . . . . . 361-578-8212 GBurns@vctx.org

District 3 (Term 2021-2024) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 361-485-3030 www.victoriatx.gov

Precinct 4 - Business 59 Clint Ives . . . . . . . . . . . 361-575-5221 CIves@vctx.org

District 4 (Term 2018-2024) Jan Scott . . . . . . . . . . . 361-485-3030 jscott@victoriatx.gov Super District 5 (Term 2019-2022) Dr. Andrew Young . . . . . . 361-485-3030 ayoung@victoriatx.gov Super District 6 (Term 2019-2022) Mark Loffgren . . . . . . . . 361-485-3040 mloffgren@victoriatx.gov

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LOCAL COURTS

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.gov 115 N. Bridge St., Ste. 330 Victoria, TX 77901

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

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

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

Representative - District 30

Precinct 2 - Nursery Kevin M. Janak . . . . . . . 361-575-7932 KJanak@vctx.org

STATE LEADERS

Geanie W. Morrison . . . . 512-463-0456 1908 N. Laurent, Ste. 500 Victoria, TX 77901 https://house.texas.gov

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

LIBRARY

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

PETS

Victoria Co. Animal Control 361-578-3564 • www.vcphd.org 122 Perimeter Rd. • Victoria, TX 77904

Senator - District 18

Lois Kolkhorst . . . . . . . . 512-463-0118 P.O. Box 12068, Capitol Station Austin, TX 78711 senate.texas.gov

FEDERAL LEADERS

U.S. Representative - District 27

Michael Cloud . . . . . . . . 361-894-6446 111 N. Glass • Victoria, TX 77901 Victoria, TX 77901 https://cloud.house.gov

Dorothy H. O’Connor Pet Adoption Center 361-575-8573 • www.docpac.net 135 Progress Dr. • Victoria, TX 77905

UTILITIES

CABLE & SATELLITE

AT&T 800-331-0500 • www.att.com DIRECTV 800-531-5000 • directv.com

U.S. Senators

John Cornyn . . . . . . . . . 202-224-2934 517 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 www.cornyn.senate.gov

Dish Network 800-282-1635 • usdish.com

GAS & ELECTRIC

CenterPoint Energy 800-752-8036 • centerpointenergy.com American Electric Power Company 800-672-2231 • aeptexas.com The Power to Choose 833-437-4347 • choosetexaspower.org Victoria Electric Cooperative 361-573-2428 • victoriaelectric.coop

TELEPHONE

Victoria Communication Services 361-575-7417 • vcscompanies.com

TRASH & RECYCLING

City of Victoria 361-485-3230 • victoriatx.gov Waste Management of SE Texas - Victoria 361-485-3400 • www.wm.com White Trash Services 361-550-1826 • whitetrashservices.com

WATER & SEWER

City of Victoria 361-485-3400 • victoriatx.gov

Suddenlink Communications 888-822-5151 • suddenlink.com

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anking is considered the life-blood of the economy. By building a relationship with a local financial institution, individuals and businesses can realize important economic benefits. In addition to loans and deposits, financial institutions act as advisors, counselors and agents of business that can help your financial health. Learn more about some of our local financial institutions.

CAL-COM FEDERAL CREDIT UNION WWW.CALCOMFCU.ORG

What sets your company apart from your competitors? Cal-Com Federal Credit Union, chartered in 1968, is a strong, diverse non-profit financial cooperative owned by its members. Democratically controlled, it was organized to serve and provide its members with a safe place to save and borrow funds at reasonable rates. Because the mission of Cal-Com is focused on providing service to the members, it works to keep expenses down so that it can provide lower loan rates and higher dividends than “for profit” financial institutions.

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2020 was a year of uncertainty. What financial advice do you feel would be most helpful going forward? To say 2020 was a year of unprecedented concerns and unavoidable change would be an understatement. The one consistency is the constant state of shift we have all experienced. Navigating the COVID-19 landscape continues to require flexibility in how we live, work and educate amid this novel virus. How does your company give back to the community? Cal-Com Federal Credit Union is open to all persons who live, work, worship or attend school in, and businesses located in Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Lavaca, Jackson, Refugio, and Victoria counties and members of their families. Cal-Com strives to participate in and donate to as many organizations as it can.

CROSSROADS BANK WWW.CRBANKTX.COM

What sets your company apart from your competitors? Crossroads Bank, formerly First State Bank of Yoakum


was established in 1931, survived the Great Depression and continues to grow strong within the communities that we serve. This year in June, we are proud to celebrate 90 years of continuous service. We at Crossroads Bank are first to serve our communities and first to help make a difference by changing and improving the lives of others. As a community bank we can offer the same products and services as the big banks do and offer personalized service. 2020 was a year of uncertainty. What financial advice do you feel would be most helpful going forward? While 2020 was full of uncertainty, it taught us to really think “outside the box” on how we were going to service our customers to where they felt comfortable and safe in conducting their business. In March, banks started closing their lobbies and only had their drive thru open. We gave the community several options on how they could apply for loans or open new accounts, by either making an appointment, coming through the drive-thru or parking in front of the bank and we would go out and assist them. Just because you have always done it that way does not mean you cannot look for other ways to serve your customers. Crossroads Bank continues to look for ways to better serve our communities. How does your company give back to the community? Crossroads Bank is strongly committed to the communities we serve – by participating in city, school and community activities. In 2000, the bank announced their commitment to education by offering an $8,000 scholarship to Yoakum, Moulton and in 2020 to Victoria. In 2019, Crossroads Bank announced they will donate $300,000 over the next 10 years to support the expansion of athletics at the University of Houston – Victoria.

FIRST COMMUNITY BANK WWW.FCBOT.COM

What sets your company apart from your competitors? We are a traditional community bank, so when customers bank with us, their deposits are reinvested in homes and businesses right here in South Texas, helping families and business owners succeed. 2020 was a year of uncertainty. What financial advice do you feel would be most helpful going forward? Save. Save for the unexpected. Have a game plan. Determine in advance how much money you can afford to set aside each month. Start at 5–10% if possible and work from there. How does your company give back to the community? Our Others 1st Project has recognized and rewarded dozens of organizations and charities helping our Coastal Bend communities. Each year, we ask employees from each branch to nominate local organizations for Others 1st consideration. Each month, FCB chooses three from

the list with bank employees and residents using social media channels to share, like, and comment to show their support. The group receiving the highest number of social engagements then receives a $1,000 check from FCB in a monthly presentation.

FROST BANK

WWW.FROSTBANK.COM

What sets your company apart from your competitors? Our focus is on building long-term relationships based on top-quality customer service, high ethical standards and safe sound assets. At Frost, we do what we believe is right, rather than merely what the policies and procedures require or allow. For the past four years, Frost has received the most Greenwich Excellence Awards, including the best brand recognition for both ease of doing business and trust, among U.S. banks. Since 1868 - through challenges like wars, economic crises, and even pandemics - we have worked rigorously to be a safe and sound place to do business. 2020 was a year of uncertainty. What financial advice do you feel would be most helpful going forward? A community does not face adversity alone. Entrust the relationships that are built in this community and lean on the available resources to navigate unprecedented times. 2020 may have presented new challenges, but the presence of challenges is nothing new. Where you bank matters; it’s easy to build relationships with customers when everything is going well, but it’s when times are challenging that the true value of a banking relationship becomes apparent. How does your company give back to the community? At Frost, we’re always looking for ways to make people’s lives better and to be a force for good in their everyday lives. Besides Frost’s financial support of local nonprofit organizations, we also contribute our time and expertise by serving on local boards and commissions. In Victoria, perhaps the most visible example of giving back to the community was our sponsorship of Frost Bank Field at Memorial Stadium, which allowed the school district to install new turf for an enhanced and safer field.

IBC BANK

WWW.IBC.COM

What sets your company apart from your competitors? IBC Bank believes the customer experience begins with a “We Do More” mantra from every employee. Furthermore, IBC Bank prides itself with being a hometown bank where every customer is known by their name, not a number. Trust, loyalty and confidence are the attributes our customers seek and find at IBC Bank through the financial products and services offered.

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2020 was a year of uncertainty. What financial advice do you feel would be most helpful going forward? The adversity and challenges of 2020 have taught us all the importance of strength, resilience and focus. IBC Bank took those strengths to help customers get through the difficult hurdles. IBC Bank believes that by supporting and advocating for local business and through strategic financial planning every consumer and the community at large will prosper, grow and succeed through difficult times. IBC Bank believes in a positive outlook and prioritizing on economic development to ensure a greater tomorrow for everyone. How does your company give back to the community? Since 1966, IBC Bank has been dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the communities they serve. Focused on youth, education and the needs of low to moderate income families, IBC Bank participates actively with non-profit, education and community organizations in all of their footprint throughout Texas and Oklahoma. The main objective is to play an active role in every club or organization that serves the needs of the community.

NEW FIRST NATIONAL BANK WWW.NEWFIRST.COM

What sets your company apart from your competitors? New First is proud to maintain continuous private ownership since its inception in 1902. We provide our customers with strength and stability that has earned us their respect and trust. We connect with our customers on a personal level that can be hard to find in larger institutions today. 2020 was a year of uncertainty. What financial advice do you feel would be most helpful going forward? 2020 demonstrated that people and businesses need to have financial plans that include strategies for uncertainties. Including reserve planning, contingency plans, and good employee succession plans. In other words; a solid business continuity plan. How does your company give back to the community? Many of our officers and employees are involved in various civic, religious, and non-profit organizations. We provide time and experience by volunteering, as well as financial support to these organizations and others within the communities we serve.

PROSPERITY BANK

WWW.PROSPERITYBANKUSA.COM

What sets your company apart from your competitors? With over 280 locations across Texas and Oklahoma and our variety of mobile banking options, we make it convenient for our customers to bank with us. We are also a publicly traded bank that is overseen by a board of directors. This provides an additional level of regulation to

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ensure we are serving everyone in our communities in the best way possible. 2020 was a year of uncertainty. What financial advice do you feel would be most helpful going forward? Bankers typically perform a “stress test” or “shock analysis” when evaluating lending opportunities. 2020 taught us all about the importance of everyone performing their own “shock analysis”. The advice I would give to any individual or business contemplating a large purchase is to evaluate the impact on both cash/liquidity, as well as your ongoing cash flow, if something unexpected happens like Covid or an expensive family emergency. Then ask yourself: ”Can I afford this purchase if my cash flow or liquidity is diminished by 25%? Or 50% Or maybe 100%?” How does your company give back to the community? One of the many consistent things you will find across our company is the importance to give back to our communities. Our associates who volunteer are called the “Community Crew.” These associates volunteer with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, local food banks, American Cancer Society, Easter Seals of Greater Houston, Susan G. Komen and many more.

TEXAS DOW EMPLOYEES CREDIT UNION TDECU.ORG

What sets your company apart from your competitors? TDECU provides exceptional service to our Members. We offer competitive products and services to help them reach their financial goals. TDECU is a not for profit cooperative financial institution that is member owned & exists to improve the lives of our employees, members, and communities. 2020 was a year of uncertainty. What financial advice do you feel would be most helpful going forward? We offered relief through our Skip A Pay Program, extended first payments on new loans, and funded PPP loans to keep small businesses running. I’d encourage people to use these services, especially during financial hardship. Members who partnered with us and took advantage of our special programs were more prepared for the challenges that 2020 brought. How does your company give back to the community? In 2020, we gave over $115,000 back to the communities we serve. We partnered with 42 501c3 organizations and TDECU employees volunteered over 1,100 hours despite being faced with the unique problems that COVID presented, and not being able to give their time as much in person.

THE FIRST STATE BANK WWW.FSBLOUISE.COM

What sets your company apart from your competitors? We live by our motto or moniker “The Friendliest Bank


Anywhere.” We have developed a unique culture to insure we can deliver on this promise at all our banking locations. Our customers are not just another number - we know their name, their family and their businesses. We invest the time to get to know them so we can provide the best service possible. 2020 was a year of uncertainty. What financial advice do you feel would be most helpful going forward? Plan for uncertain times by developing strong relationships with trusted financial advisors. Develop contingency plans and discuss them with your immediate family circle but seek help from experts in banking, legal assistance, insurance, and accounting that can help you plan and execute your goals. Unfortunately, uncertainty often brings with it very tough financial decisions, you don’t have to tackle them alone.

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How does your company give back to the community? The First State Bank devotes time and money into organizations in the community that our employees are passionate about. We provide financial sponsorships, volunteer our time and serve on many local boards.

TRUST TEXAS BANK

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What sets your company apart from your competitors? We are family and friends to those we serve. We make it a point to know our customers and build a relationship. We are not some arbitrary voice from some unknown place. We are from here, we work and live here, we understand the local dynamics and needs of our customers and our community. 2020 was a year of uncertainty. What financial advice do you feel would be most helpful going forward? There is opportunity in chaos. During uncertain times (such as 2020) there will be opportunities presented amongst the chaos. If we pay attention to what is happening around us, we will be able to recognize those opportunities and make positive things happen. How does your company give back to the community? TrustTexas Bank encourages participation from our staff to be engaged in the local community through their personal interests. Our employees dedicate not only their personal time, but company time as well, to great organizations such as stock shows, Habitat For Humanity, and local youth clubs. Many of our staff are involved in civic organizations; including Rotary, Lions, Blue Santa, among others. Not only does TrustTexas Bank donate time, but monetary contributions as well. Whether it is hospice, or buying animals at the stock show, we realize that giving back to the community is the backbone of continued viability of those organizations.

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ictoria 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 high-end home options in the $400+ price range. As for style, home buyers have a wide variety of architectural styles ranging from modern to mid-century modern to 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 new construction opportunities - with more coming all the time, especially on the north side of town! Demand for housing has stayed strong, even amid the pandemic and economic hardship of the past year. The majority of those who are moving to the Victoria area are retirees, young couples getting married and having children, transfer employees for large area employers and folks moving from renting to home ownership. This also is complemented by continuously low interest rates

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set by the federal government and buyers who were not necessarily on the market to buy when COVID-19 arrived in Texas. Research Economist Luis Torres from the Texas A&M University Real Estate Research Center said the growth in the Victoria area is in-line with the trends across the state. The Victoria Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Calhoun, Goliad and Victoria counties, housing is following the trend of tight supply. Real value of houses built in the Victoria metro area increased by 11% (adjusted for inflation.)

2020 TYPES OF RESIDENCE

OWNER OCCUPIED

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2020 AVERAGE LENGTH OF RESIDENCE

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“Victoria is a town with about 65,000 people. I love that it is small enough to get around in - about 15-20 minutes wherever you are in the city. I love that the waiting lines are not too bad in stores, that waiting for a table at a restaurant is 30-45 minutes, and I love that the latest movies are at our theater. Victoria maybe small but it still offers fun event for singles and families every month. Church attendance is up and busy every Sunday and Wednesday.” - Current Resident “I moved to Victoria from a small town and I love it so much! There are always activities going on downtown and I enjoy the wide variety of stores!” - Current Resident

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“This is a great city to live in, especially if you like diversity. Although Victoria is mainly of Hispanic culture, as that is what is more prevalent, you will find other cultures here, such as Asian, African-American and even European. Victoria is stationed in a very good spot as it is in the “crossroads” between Houston, Corpus, San Antonio and Dallas. There are many job opportunities.” - Current Resident “Victoria is growing! The city provides the community with many free events to go to. The community gets involved with everything, showing that they care. There are always events going on and people keeping the town alive.” - Current Resident “Victoria, Texas is a fantastic little city to raise a family. The schools in Victoria are really good and the cities high schools are both brand new and very nice. I graduated from St. Joseph High School in 2003 and then moved away to start a family in San Antonio, but relocated back here to Victoria to raise our kids. Victoria is big enough to have most of the establishments you will find in a big city, yet it is small enough to drive across town within ten minutes. Overall Victoria is a great place to raise a family and grow a career as well.” - Current Resident

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VICTORIA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 361-576-3131 • www.visd.net

ith 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 pre-advanced 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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ELEMENTARY

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

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Schorlemmer Elementary School 361-788-2860 • 2564 Mallette Dr. 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

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

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

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

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

Howell Middle School 361-578-1561 • 2502 Fannin

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

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

Rowland Elementary School 361-788-9549 • 2706 Leary Ln.

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

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HIGH SCHOOLS

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.

ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLS

Liberty Campus: Credit Recovery Program 361-788-9650 • 1110 Sam Houston Liberty Campus: DAEP Program 361-788-9658 1110 Sam Houston, Ste. 100 Victoria County Juvenile Justice Center 361-575-0399 • 97 Foster Field Dr.


CROSSROADS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 361-212-3078 crossroadschristianvictoria.com

At Crossroads Christian School, we value a learning environment that considers individual student needs while encouraging growth academically, spiritually, emotionally and socially. CCS is a private part-time Christian School that provides a one-on-one and small group learning environment that supports a students’ home-centered education. On-campus classes meet two to four days per week, with at-home learning occurring on the alternate days. With instruction and guidance from experienced, degreed and certified teachers, we offer the unique opportunity for the one-on-one instruction that is so productive in a homeschool environment, while encouraging socialization and interaction with instructors and peers. Combined Schooling Options include: Part Time Enrollment, Full Time Enrollment, Extended Enrollment and Dual Credit Enrollment. In addition to enrollment options, students enrolled may choose the college bound or career (non-college bound) track and have access to participate in select extra-curricular activities, mission trips, etc.

FAITH ACADEMY

361-572-4568 • myfaithacademy.com

As Christian educators, we understand God’s calling and future plans for students don’t magically happen; rather, they are intentionally formed over time. Established in 1981, Faith Academy has purposefully cultivated an environment where students receive an excellent education through highly qualified instructors and rigorous coursework; we also understand that it is vital for students to be discipled and prepared to take the life-changing ministry of Jesus Christ into their communities. Faith Academy is dually accredited by the International Christian Accrediting Association (ICAA) and Cognia for preschool— 12th grade, which is recognized by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission (TEPSAC). We regularly are thanked from for investing in them and equipping them, both spiritually and academically, for their college and career endeavors.

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NAZARETH ACADEMY

361-573-6651 • nazarethacademy.org

Nazareth Academy, established in 1867, is the oldest educational institution in Victoria and fourth oldest Catholic school in the state. Serving PK3 – 8th grades, Nazareth Academy prepares students for the future through challenging core subjects and elective courses. Students may also participate in extracurricular sports as well as become members of the choir and band. Students grow not only in their academic skills, but also in their faith by learning how to serve God and others through religion classes and service projects. Continuing a tradition of excellence, students of Nazareth Academy are prepared and ready for high school and beyond.

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OUR LADY OF VICTORY CATHOLIC SCHOOL

361-575-5391 • ourladyvictory.org

Our Lady of Victory Catholic School (OLV) serves students in grades PreK3 - 8th grade. OLV is accredited by the TCCB-ED and has been a Blue Ribbon School since 2008. Our mission is to build character through service, achieve academic excellence, and honor Christ through our Catholic Faith. Students with various gifts, talents, and cultures are able to flourish at OLV. The foundation of problem solving and critical thinking begins at OLV and here our students learn how to be lifelong learners.

TRINITY EPISCOPAL SCHOOL 361-575-5391 • tesvictoria.org

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.)

Higher Education

VICTORIA COLLEGE

361-573-3291 • VictoriaCollege.edu

Victoria College (VC) is nearing one century of offering higher education, training in Crossroads. Since 1925, Victoria College has provided quality and affordable higher education and training to thousands of residents of Victoria and nearby communities. 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. 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

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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 Crossroads’ 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 employs nearly 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.


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

The University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) is growing in some new and exciting ways. The university reached the 4,900 enrollment mark for the first time during the fall 2020 semester, and construction projects across campus are complete or nearing completion. “UHV is moving forward, and we are fortunate to have the support of our community,” UHV President Bob Glenn said. “We are proud to partner with Victoria’s leaders to help serve the needs of area businesses and students. We look forward to helping students make their mark for years to come.” In August, UHV opened a Chick-fil-A and Jaguar Java inside the UHV University Commons student center, 3006 N. Ben Wilson St. The three-story, 80,124 sq. ft. building has been home since 2019 to the UHV Library, the Victoria Regional History Center and the Jag Station bookstore. It also features a multi-purpose room with space for up to 250 people on the first floor and a covered balcony patio on the third floor. The Don & Mona Smith Hall residence hall opened for the fall 2020 semester. The 272-bed residence hall includes amenities such as a large classrooms and reception area. Each floor has a common kitchen area and laundry room for students, as well as a study room with a computer lab. The residence hall houses upperclassmen and was named after the university’s provost emeritus and his wife. Another major development is UHV University South, the university’s new science, technology, engineering and mathematics building, which opened in spring 2021. The 58,464 sq. ft., three-story building houses a 120-seat classroom; motion capture, robotics and gaming, biology, anatomy and other labs; and an immersive 210-degree visualization theater. UHV Northwest, the university’s property at Airline Road and Laurent Street, also opened in spring 2021. The

building houses the UHV Small Business Development Center; the Center for Regional Collaboration; UHV Athletics; classrooms, faculty and administrative offices; labs for kinesiology programs; 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. The school also has a Specialist in School Psychology degree, the first specialist degree in the university’s 48 year history and the highest degree now offered by UHV. Another outstanding program available through the school is the nationally ranked undergraduate digital gaming program. 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 2020, 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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rom 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. 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.

space and enhancing our patients’ experience,” said Jeff Payne, Citizens Medical Center ER Director. The project is expected to be completed in late 2021 and will add more than 17,000 square feet to the building. The expansion consists of a $10 million renovation, with 23 examination rooms, as well as two rooms designed for trauma patients, two rooms for triaging patients, and one for OB/GYN patients. In addition, there will be two rooms for patients experiencing mental health crises and two decontamination rooms for patients that have been exposed to harmful chemicals or other hazardous materials were affected patients can be washed off.

Citizens Medical Center Expansion

361-573-9181 • citizensmedicalcenter.org 2701 Hospital Dr. • Victoria, TX 77901

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CITIZENS MEDICAL CENTER

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. Today, Citizens is a 338-bed acute care hospital and 24/7 emergency department with over 1,000 employees. Citizens Medical Center includes: • A comprehensive, accredited bariatric surgery program • A nationally accredited comprehensive community cancer program by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer • A nationally accredited chest pain center • Advanced Level III Trauma facility • Onsite medical helicopter • Primary Stroke Center • Imaging and surgery center • Sleep study center • Birth Center with labor and delivery • State-of-the-art rehabilitation/fitness center • Urology center • DaVinci robotics minimally invasive surgery options

DETAR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

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. Our two fully-functioning acute care hospitals, DeTar Hospital Navarro and DeTar Hospital North have been recognized for providing quality care by the Joint

Commission and offer services one may expect to travel miles to receive, such as: • Cardiac program with two cardiac catheterization labs, electro physiology program and open-heart surgery • An accredited Chest Pain Center • A Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with the area’s only program providing 24-hour coverage with in- house neonatologists • An inpatient rehabilitation facility recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and offering round-the-clock nursing care and at least three hours of physical, occupational and/or speech therapy • A designated Primary Stroke Center • Both Level III and Level IV Trauma Centers

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 provides comprehensive outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation services as part of the Post Acute Medical network of hospitals. With experts from a range of disciplines, 26 private patient rooms and the latest rehabilitation equipment, our facility can serve patients with many medical needs. Our approach to rehabilitation aims to prevent readmission to the hospital, shorten recovery times and lay the foundation for positive long-term health outcomes.

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CITIZENS HEALTHPLEX

9406 NE Zac Lentz Pkwy. • Victoria, TX 77904 361-570-5433 citizensmedicalcenter.org/page/healthplex

If your goal is to improve your health, prevent disease, help you get strong and fit and just “be well,” Citizens HealthPlex is for you! Their 72,000 square foot facility has everything you need to maximize your enjoyment and results including all the space, equipment and classes you’ll need to get fit and healthy including a large array of strength and cardio equipment, over 100 group fitness classes each week, a degreed and certified fitness staff offering professional instruction. Need to relax? Try their steam rooms, whirlpools, dry saunas and massage therapy. Want to lose weight? Hire one of their personal trainers to work with you one-on-one and you’re sure to see the results you want.

DETAR HEALTH AND FITNESS CENTER

4204 N. Laurent St. • Victoria, TX 77901 361-576-5884 www.detar.com/fitness-center-rehabilitation Since 1986, DeTar Healthcare System’s Health and Fitness Center has been providing the Victoria area with a fitness and wellness facility stocked with all of the best workout equipment. In addition, the center is fully supervised by a professional group of fitness instructors, personal trainers and massage therapists. After all, exercise is all about living a healthier life.

They offer the following programs: Adult fitness programs • Group fitness • Free childcare Corporate wellness program • Certified personal trainers Registered massage therapists

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Senior Resources 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 and seniors that permanently relocate!

MEALS ON WHEELS VICTORIA

361-576-2189 603 E. Murray St. • Victoria, TX 77901 www.mowvictoria.org

Meals on Wheels Victoria (MOW) delivers meals five days a week/52 weeks a year, to homebound individuals 60+ within the city limits of Victoria. If you or someone you know needs services, contact us and an intake specialist will assess eligibility. A $3.00 per meal donation is requested, but no one is turned away for inability to pay. Due to COVID, the amount of local homebound seniors requiring MOW service has doubled. Please consider donating and/or volunteering your time to help.

SENIOR CENTER

Meals on Wheels Victoria also operates a senior citizens center where seniors can congregate for food and fellowship. Currently the dining and activity rooms are temporarily closed due to COVID, however, they are tentatively planning to fully reopen in September. The Senior Centers provide opportunities to gather with new and old friends. Play a round of dominoes or bingo, join in bridge or other card games, watch a movie, craft or make a quilt with a quilting group. Periodic health screenings are also offered. A $3.00 donation is requested for lunch, but no one is turned away for inability to pay.

TRANSPORTATION

Meals on Wheels Victoria offers on-demand, curb to curb transportation service Tuesday-Friday from

7:30 am to 1:00 pm service within the city limits of Victoria for those 60+. All trips must be reserved at least 24 hours in advance, speaking to the transportation coordinator in the front office. New riders must complete an intake form. The completed form can be faxed, mailed or hand delivered. Suggested $1.00 donation per trip. Transportation is provided for: • Medical Appointments • Personal Care Appointments, Errands, and Other Community Destinations • Grocery Shopping

GROCERY BOX PROGRAM

MOW Victoria launched their Supplemental Grocery Box Program in May 2021. Each month registered homebound seniors receive one of these supplemental boxes that contains shelf-stable food items. This will help alleviate the need for frequent trips to the grocery store and make sure seniors are adequately fed!

PET PROGRAM

Clients receiving home-delivered meals, who own pets, can sign up for MOW Victoria’s pet assistance program. Cat food and dog food is delivered once a month on or around the last Friday of the month based on the number and size of your pets. If you were not signed up for the pet assistance program during intake and registration, call the program coordinator at 361-576-2189 to enroll. You can also email us at pets@mowvictoria.org

SENIOR FITNESS MEMBERSHIP

Are you over 65 and want to work out, but have never been a member of a gym before? Citizens HealthPlex offers senior memberships for $50 a month which comes with a FREE coaching session. In addition, Detar Health and Fitness Center offers group classes geared for seniors, like Seniorcize and Chair Zumba. You’ll get fit while having fun!

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The Great Outdoors

020 was a year that we all spent way too much time cooped up inside. This year everyone is more than ready to get outside and enjoy all of the wonderful outdoor activities that Victoria has to offer!

ATHEY NATURE SANCTUARY BIRDING DECK

Start your birding experience in Victoria at the Athey Nature Sanctuary Birding Deck - one of the top 7 birding hikes in Texas according to stepoutside.org! Three feeding stations attract a variety of local and migrating birds with interpretive displays pointing out notable species. Large interpretive maps show great birding spots in nearby Riverside Park and the Coastal Bend region.

COLETO CREEK PARK & RESERVOIR www.gbra.org/coletocreekpark

Coleto Creek Park & Reservoir is Victoria’s largest body of water. This 3,100-acre reservoir and 190-acre

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park consists of 58 multi-use campsites, three camping cabins, two miles of hiking trails, a large picnic area, two covered group pavilions, a 200-foot lighted fishing pier, playgrounds, sand volleyball courts, and marked swimming areas. It’s a renowned fishing hotspot, and the lush aquatic vegetation make this an ideal spot for birdwatching.

DISC GOLF COURSES

Let if fly at any one of the three 18-hole disc golf

courses in Victoria! Riverside Park features two full courses, the renowned Riverside Disc Golf Course and the more recently built Fox’s Bend course. Signature holes run along the banks of the Guadalupe River, creating a challenging scenario for even the most skilled of players. Test your skills further at the Patriot Park course in Victoria County. All holes run adjacent to the beautiful Saxet Lakes at this brand new course. Don’t own a set of discs but want to try your hand at this sport? Rentals are available in Riverside Park from Flow Paddle Co!


EDUCATIONAL GARDENS

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SKATE PARK

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Spend some time among the beautiful plants and take a relaxing stroll in the Victoria Educational Gardens. Any gardening, horticulture, landscape, or nature enthusiast will be fascinated with the hundreds of native and exotic plant species blooming in the gardens. Even better, admission is free and the facility is open every day, dawn to dusk.

Bring your board or skates to the Victoria Skate Park, located in the Victoria Youth Sports Complex. The concrete park includes a full bowl with a varying depths, ramps, and grinding rails along with bleacher seating, shade structures, water fountain, and a full lighting system.

PADDLING TRAIL

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This 25-mile long trail along the Guadalupe River is a slower moving trail that is made up of four sections. The 4.25-mile Riverside Park trail is navigable for all levels of paddlers. Load-in is at the Riverside Park Boat Ramp and the trail ends behind the PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant & Bar. Bring your own kayak or rent from Flow Paddle Co.

RIVERSIDE PARK www.victoriatx.gov

You’ll find plenty of fun activities at Victoria’s largest park - at over 560 acres! The park sits along 4.5 miles of the Guadalupe River, with launch and take-out points for watercraft available. Plan an outing at one of the 200 picnic areas with tables and BBQ pits. There are multiple playscapes and sports fields throughout the park as well as a Memorial Rose Garden featuring 1,050 rose bushes.

SPLASH PADS

Splash pads are a great way to beat the heat! A variety of water features in a safe environment is a perfect way for young children to cool off. Restrooms and covered seating is also offered on site. Sorry, but no pool toys or glass allowed inside the facility. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited. If daily temperatures are not expected to exceed 65 degrees, the splash pads will not open for the day.

THE TEXAS ZOO www.texaszoo.org

The Texas Zoo is a 501(c)3 nonprofit zoo located in Victoria’s beautiful Riverside Park. The Zoo is home to over 100 species, both Texas natives and exotics found around the world. The Texas Zoo strives to connect guests to wildlife through our walk-through aviary, petting zoo and unique animal encounters with a variety of species that appeals all ages.

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We are a family owned and operated business with a strong belief that success results from customer service. We strive every day to make each customer’s experience the very best possible. • State-of-the-art facility • Coin or Loyalty Card System with 86 total machines with smart phone payment • Most advanced equipment anywhere • Largest capacity machines in South Texas • Large enough to handle any commercial account • Butcher block folding tables • Free WIFI • Kids Play area including: IPADS with games • Free popcorn • Snack and drink machines • Five big screen 4k TV’s • Clean restrooms w/ baby stations. Wash & Fold - Whether you bring in 10 lbs. or 1000 lbs., clothes or comforters and pillows, we have the machines and experience to return your laundry to you in the timely manner and in the best of conditions. Always expertly folded, neatly packaged, and returned with a smile.

THE CLUB AT COLONY CREEK www.theclubatcolonycreek.com

Enjoy a first-class golf experience in a fun, laid-back environment on our naturally landscaped 18-hole golf course designed by Dick Watson in 1985 for year-round play. Facilities include a full-service Golf Shop, putting green, and driving range. Members and guests also enjoy The Grille and Patio for a delicious meal and adult beverages before or after play. The Club also offers individual and group lessons for golfers of all skill levels - from the novice to the expert golfer looking to improve their game.

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The jewel of golf in Victoria is the Victoria Country Club, one of the finest courses in South Texas and home to many Championship events each year. Originally built by E.L. Grunder as a nine hole course in 1924, the current eighteen hole layout was redesigned by Joe Finger. Victoria Country Club is a private country club but allows reciprocal charges with other clubs pending prior arrangements with the Golf Professional or Club Manager. Additional member amenities include access to the club’s hard court and sand tennis courts, Olympic-sized family swimming pool, as well as multiple dining facilities.

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Riverside Golf Course, located inside Riverside Park, is under the management by the City of Victoria and has recently undergone major renovations. The greens, fairways, and tee boxes are in incredible shape! Enjoy 18 challenging holes and access to brand-new golf carts, an upgraded clubhouse, and beverage cart service.

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More Things to Do CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY MUSEUM OF THE GOLDEN CRESCENT www.cdmgoldencrescent.com

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!

FIVE POINTS MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART www.fivepointsmuseum.com

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.

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MUSEUM OF THE COASTAL BEND www.museumofthecoastalbend.org

The Museum of the Coastal Bend showcases the rich multi-cultural heritage of Texas’ mid-coastal 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.

NAVE MUSEUM

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J Welch Farms has been a family owned Texas olive ranch and farm for over 40 years. Come visit their farm-totable gift shop for an array of award-winning extra virgin olive oils, flavored extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars and more! Corn Maize opening September 2021 - bring the family for farmtastic fun!

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.

LEO J. WELDER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

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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 and is home to resident company Theatre Victoria.

VICTORIA FARMERS MARKET

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.

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The oldest fine arts museum in the Crossroads area, The Nave Museum features five diverse and compelling art exhibits each year. The Nave Museum is operated by the Victoria Regional Museum Association, whose mission is to enrich, enlighten and educate through visual and cultural art.

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Spring

ART CAR PARADE

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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.

DOWNTOWN RHYTHMS

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Victoria Symphony proudly invites you to join us for an evening of food, families, and fun at the annual free family concert Downtown Rhythms. Under the leadership of Maestro Darryl One, the Symphony will perform selection from pops, jazz, and movie favorites.

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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.

JAM FEST

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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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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.

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VICTORIA OPEN

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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 light-hearted. You are exhibiting tremendous support of your Chamber when sponsoring this event.

POLO AT MCFADDIN RANCH

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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.

RIVERSIDE RIDE

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The Annual Riverside Ride is a fun, family, timed, “recommended” ride (bike riding) Annual Event presented by Toyota of Victoria and the City of Victoria and Main Street. It raises awareness and support for the children of the Victoria area to ensure they are empowered for success. Riders can choose to participate in one of five SAG-supported routes including 6-mile (Family Ride), 30mile, 40-mile, 50-mile, and 60-mile routes.

WARRIOR’S WEEKEND

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Grab a line and a pole and come on down to Port O’Connor each May for the Warrior’s Weekend annual fishing event. For fifteen years, Warrior’s Weekend has been assisting combat wounded veterans with a relaxing water therapy weekend. They fly in about 300 combat wounded OIF/OEF, 300 transport themselves by private vehicle and another 100 Pre 9-11 are also included. The

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weekend is filled with a “good ole South Texas welcome” with all the surrounding towns waving on the streets, shutting down highways, waving big flags and showing appreciation for what we all hold dear - OUR FREEDOM!

Kids’ Corral with a wide variety games, inflatables, and performances. Shop at over 40 merchandise vendors and 30 food vendors. Compete in the washers pitching tournament, check out classic rides at the car show, truck & motorcycle show, run in the downtown 5K and more!

CEMETERY TOURS

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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.

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Summer

VICTORIA BACH FESTIVAL www.victoriabachfestival.org

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.

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BOOTFEST

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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, blues and more. The kids will love the

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On Saturday, October 23, 2021, Citizens Medical Center will host the Fifth Annual Citizens Run Against Cancer Half-Marathon and 5K in Victoria, Texas! All proceeds from this event benefit local patients who are battling cancer.

HOWL-O-WEEN BLOCK PARTY AND HAUNTED ZOO www.texaszoo.org

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.

QUILT SHOW

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The Quilt Guild of Greater Victoria will present this annual showcase of tremendous skill and design work on September 24-25, 2021. Marvel at the dozens of quilts on display and shop from a number of vendors in attendance selling a variety of unique quilt-related items and supplies. There will be various vendors, classes, special exhibits, silent auction, scrap dive and fun for everyone!


SOUTH TEXAS TRANSPORTATION CONFERENCE www.victoriachamber.org

The South Texas Transportation Conference is held at Victoria College Conference and Education Center each September and is a premier educational forum for planners, government officials and economic development representatives.

LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE & CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE www.victoriatx.gov

VICTORIA DUCK SAFARI www.duckrace.com/victoria

Thousands of adopted rubber ducks will dive into the Guadalupe River at Riverside Park and race toward the finish line. Prizes will be awarded for the first 10 ducks to reach the finish line. Anyone can adopt a duck for a chance to win. The ducks will paddle their way to an exciting finish at Pebble Beach.

WILD ABOUT WINE www.texaszoo.org

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.

Winter

CROSSROADS HEART & STROKE WALK www2.heart.org

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.

Each year the City of Victoria’s Parks and Recreation department hosts a free, fun-filled evening on the square with a petting zoo, 30ft tall and 90ft long Snowzilla Jr. slide, giant snow globe to jump inside, Christmas treats, holiday songs and pictures with Santa along with a breathtaking lighted Christmas parade the next evening. Downtown Victoria comes alive with over one hundred floats and organizations decked out in their Christmas attire. Come get in the holiday spirit!

THE NUTCRACKER

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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.

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% 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.

To Be Decided HISTORIC HOMES TOUR

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

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Sponsor Index 1st Community Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 A Different Image Salon & Boutique . . . . . . . . . . 14 Advanced Vision Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Alamo Mini-Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Angel Lucy’s Funeral Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Appliance Pro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Armstrong Warehouse and Transfer Company . . . 25 Assurance One of Texas, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Atzenhoffer Chevrolet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Atzenhoffer’s Velocity Powersports . . . . . . . . . . 14 Barton’s Home Outlet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Bluebonnet Chiropractic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Bobcat of Victoria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Brannan Paving Co., Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Canteen Victoria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Capital Title - a Shaddock Company . . . . . . . . . 45 Citizens Medical Center . . . . . . . . . . . . Back Cover Crossroads Business and Education Connection 29 Crossroads Christian School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Crossroads Tire & Automotive Service - Tire Pros® Crossroads Tire Service LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Elie’s Heavenly Christian Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Explore Victoria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Food Bank of the Golden Crescent . . . . . . . . . . 10 Goodwin Personnel Consultants . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Grace Lutheran Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Honda of Victoria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Infinium Powered by Victoria Electric Cooperative 29 J Welch Farms™ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 James Teleco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 James Wayne Properties . . . . . . Inside Front Cover

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Janecka Insurance Agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 La Quinta® by Wyndham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Limitless Offroad & Performance . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Mac Haik Ford Lincoln . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Metro Wash & Fold Victoria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Nissan of Victoria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Office Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Polished Nails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Port of Victoria, Texas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Presidio La Bahia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 TSO™ Texas State Optical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Texas Traditions Grill and Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 The Back Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 The Nave Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Then & Now Vintage Collectibles Gifts . . . . . . . . 40 TISD.net . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Trust Texas Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 University of Houston - Victoria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 VAS Contracting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Vermeer Texas-Louisiana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Victoria College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Victoria Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram . . . . . . . . . . 11 Victoria Duck Safari Presented by Victoria Symphony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Victoria Electric Cooperative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Victoria ISD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Victoria Regional Airport • United Express . . . . . . 41 Vincent’s Roofing, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Woodworks Creative Interiors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Zboril Dental Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32


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