2023 Victoria Chamber Guide

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2023 BUSINESS,
RELOCATION & COMMUNITY GUIDE
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2 victoriachamber.org Every effort has been made to ensure the information herein is up-to-date and correct. There are no representations or warranties, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability, with respect to the information, products, services or related graphics by Community Matters, Inc. and/or the Victoria Chamber of Commerce. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without express written permission. ©2023 Community Matters, Inc. 106 E. Forrest St. • Victoria, TX 77901 361-573-5277 www.victoriachamber.org 04 WELCOME 06 PROFILE 12 CHAMBER 14 ECONOMY 22 HOUSING 26 EDUCATION 31 MEDICAL 36 SEE AND DO 43 MARKETPLACE 44 SPONSORS CONTENTS

Ta k e t h e n e x t s t e p a t U HV !

You and your family can make your mark right here at the University of Houston-Victoria.

The university has proudly ser ved the Coastal Bend region and beyond since 1973 by offering a top-quality, affordable and convenient higher education.

Send your son or daughter to UHV as master’s degree 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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As the Victoria Chamber of Commerce enters its 100th incorporated year representing businesses in Victoria and the surrounding area, we are becoming a more member centric and business friendly organization. Keeping that in mind, the Chamber will only be as strong as its members and the memberships that are made up of dedicated business leaders in the community. These small businesses have as few as two employees to major employers with well over one thousand employees.

Our economy is diverse in retail and industrial development that exhibits a fresh look at new ideas and is supportive of genuine entrepreneurial experiences. Local and national businesses, small or large operate and compete professionally. All businesses know it takes a strong effort to make our city and region more vibrant.

The Chamber and our sponsors of this magazine developed this publication to allow you to explore several opportunities available to you when are considering Victoria as a place to live or to do business. If you are looking at the convenience of a comfortably sized community filled with scenic delights, room to grow with friendly and warm people, Victoria is the place to be. Our community offers a great location in the Coastal Bend with easy access to lakes, parks, nature outings, hunting, fishing and

the beautiful Texas Gulf Coast.

The Victoria area offers excellent public and private school systems with Victoria College and the University of HoustonVictoria offering affordable, quality and highly respected postsecondary education. While the Chamber’s informal organization dates back to the early 1900’s, we are excited to be approaching the City of Victoria’s 200th anniversary in 2024. We are a historic county and city with long-term commitment of Chamber members to support the stability of our city’s growth.

On behalf of the staff, board of directors and members of The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, we appreciate you considering Victoria to be your destination for education, business and a great quality of life.

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WELCOME
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One of the oldest cities in the Lone Star State, Victoria is located in the heart of the Golden Crescent of South Texas, and is within a two-hour drive of Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Corpus Christi. 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.

Victoria boasts a diverse population of over 65,000 residents and encompasses an area of approximately 34 square miles. With major highways 77, 59, 87 and the future Interstate 69 all intersecting Victoria and with a prime position along the NAFTA Corridor, the city is known as the “Crossroads of South Texas.”

Economic growth in the manufacturing industry, expanding petrochemical and industrial chemical plants, a growing medical services community, a high-speed fiber optic telecommunications network, growing higher education and burgeoning retail trade sector have made Victoria one of the most progressive and fastest developing cities in Texas.

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

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 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! The 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.

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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 Victoria County Courthouse was constructed in 1892 and occupies the block to the west of De Leon Plaza. It was designed by noted architect J. Riely Gordon, who is responsible for 18 Texas Courthouses. It was spectacularly restored over a period of seven years, culminating in its rededication on March 24, 2001. The 1892 Victoria County Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Registered Texas Historic Landmark.

8 victoriachamber.org TOP AREA EMPLOYERS Formosa Plastics 3,400 Victoria ISD 2,025 The Inteplast Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,248 Citizens Medical Center 1,220 DeTar Healthcare System 775 INVISTA 600+ Caterpillar - NAHEX Victoria 600+ DOW - Seadrift Operations 587 University of Houston - Victoria 409 Regency Post Acute Healthcare System 400 INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR • FLOORING • CABINETS COUNTERTOPS • BRICKS AND PAVERS • STONE SHOWROOM: 14408 HWY. 77 N.  VICTORIA, TX 77904 WWW.WOODWORKSVICTORIATX.COM 361-572-9734 sipandshopwithjess.com For brilliant smiles designed to last... for life! 361-575-0237 112 Professional Park Drive• Victoria, TX 77904 www.victoriatx.dentist

Victoria is a city with a rich history and a bright future. I am proud and honored to serve as the mayor of Victoria at a time when our City government is proactively working to strengthen our economy and enhance livability.

The City creates new employment and entertainment opportunities by attracting businesses through various city managed organizations. We also continue to work closely with Victoria County, Victoria Sales Tax Development Corporation, Victoria Economic Development Corporation, Victoria Regional Airport, Port of Victoria, Victoria Chamber of Commerce and other local partners to expand industry and commerce.

We are also leveraging resources and partnerships to expand budget-friendly housing. Affordably priced apartment complexes and our forthcoming infill housing program create a welcoming environment for residents and for new businesses whose employees will need a place to live.

Our city will mark its bicentennial in 2024 and plans are underway to celebrate this milestone such as the unveiling of statues of Victoria’s founders, Martín De León and his wife Patricia de la Garza De León. The yearlong celebration will highlight our history and set the stage for the next 200 years of prosperity.

Serving as mayor has helped me to gain a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing our whole community. With the support of my fellow council members and community partners, I will continue to do my part to help our city grow and thrive.

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Victoria!
Welcome to
VICTORIA HOUSTON 139 MILES AUSTIN 126 MILES SAN ANTONIO 115 MILES CORPUS CHRISTI 87 MILES HIGH (Jul.) 94° LOW (Jan.) 43° Rainfall 41In. Average Household Income $77,361 Average Age 34.4 Est. Population 66,122
JEFF BAUKNIGHT Mayor City of Victoria

AUTO DRIVERS LICENSE

Victoria Drivers License Office 361-578-3450 • dps.texas.gov

LICENSE & REGISTRATION

Victoria County Tax Accessor-Collector 361-576-3671 orion.vctx.org/appraisal/publicaccess

CHAMBER

Victoria Chamber of Commerce 361-573-5277 • victoriachamber.org

EDUCATION

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Victoria Independent School District 361-576-3131 • visd.com

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Crossroads Christian School 361-212-3078

crossroadschristianvictoria.com

Faith Academy 361-572-4568 • myfaithacademy.com

Nazareth Academy 361-573-6651 • nazarethacademy.org

Our Lady Victory Catholic School 361-575-5391 • ourladyvictory.org

St. Joseph High School

361-573-2446 • stjflyers.com

Trinity Episcopal School

361-573-3220 • texvictoria.org

Victoria Christian School

361-573-5345 • victoriachristian.org

The Vine School

361-212-8463 • thevineschool.com

COLLEGES / UNIVERSITIES

University of Houston-Victoria 361-570-4848 • uhv.com

Victoria College 361-573-3181 • victoriacollege.edu

EMERGENCY/MEDICAL

FIRE DEPARTMENTS

Victoria Fire Department Admin. 361-485-3450 • victoriatx.gov

HOSPITALS

Citizens Medical Center 361-573-9181 • citizensmedicalcenter.org

DeTar Healthcare System (Navarro) 361-575-7441 • detar.com

DeTar Healthcare Systems (North) 361-572-6100 • detar.com

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Victoria Police Department 361-573-3221 • victoriatx.gov

GOVERNMENT

MAYOR

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

CITY COUNCIL

Mayor Pro-Tem

Super District 5

Dr. Andrew Young 361-485-3030 ayoung@victoriatx.gov

District 1

Rafael DeLaGarza, III rdelagarza@victoriatx.gov

District 3

Josephine Soliz 361-485-3030 jsoliz@victoriatx.gov

District 3

Duane Crocker 361-485-3030 dcrocker@victoriatx.gov

District 4

Jan Scott . . . . . . . . . . . 361-485-3030 jscott@victoriatx.gov

Super District 6

Mark Loffgren 361-485-3040 mloffgren@victoriatx.gov

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS County Judge

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

Precinct 1 - Da Costa

Danny Garcia 361-575-8711 DGarcia@vctx.org

Precinct 2 - Nursery

Jason Ohrt . . . . . . . . . . 361-575-7932 JOrht @vctx.org

Precinct 3 - Goliad Hwy

Gary Burns 361-578-8212 GBurns@vctx.org

Precinct 4 - Business 59

Kenneth Sexton 361-575-5221 KSexton@vctx.org

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LOCAL COURTS

Criminal District Attorney Constance Filley Johnson 361-575-0468 vctxda.org

Victoria County Courthouse 361-575-0581 • victoriatx.gov

Victoria City Municipal Court 361-485-3050 • victoriatx.gov

STATE LEADERS

Representative - District 30

Geanie W. Morrison . . . . . 512-463-0456 house.texas.gov

Senator - District 18

Lois Kolkhorst . . . . . . . . 361-573-7300 senate.texas.gov

FEDERAL LEADERS

U.S. Representative - District 27 Michael Cloud 361-894-6446 cloud.house.gov

U.S. Senators

John Cornyn 202-224-2934 cornyn.senate.gov

Ted Cruz 202-224-2934 cruz.senate.gov

LIBRARY

Victoria Public Library

361-485-3302 • victoriapubliclibrary.org

PETS

Adopt A Pet 361-575-7387 adoptapet.webnode.page

Dorothy H. O’Connor Pet Adoption Ctr. 361-575-8573 • docpac.net

Victoria Co. Animal Control 361-578-3564 vctx.org/page/animal.control.home

UTILITIES

CABLE & SATELLITE

AT&T/DIRECTV

800-331-0500 • att.com • directv.com

Dish Network 800-282-1635 • usdish.com

Infinium 361-582-5550 • infinium.coop

Optimum 844-874-7558 • optimum.com

Sparklight 877-687-1332 • sparklight.com

GAS & ELECTRIC CenterPoint Energy

800-752-8036 • centerpointenergy.com

The Power to Choose 833-437-4347 • choosetexaspower.org

Victoria Electric Cooperative 361-573-2428 • victoriaelectric.coop

TRASH & RECYCLING City of Victoria

361-485-3230 • victoriatx.gov

Garden-Ville

361-897-1500 • garden-ville.com

Omnisource LLC 361-573-0865 • omnisource.com

Texas Port Recycling 855-223-8638 • texasportrecycling.com

Waste Management of SE TX - 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

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The Victoria Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit business membership organization comprised of businesses and professionals in the Victoria area dedicated to supporting a favorable business climate and enhancing the quality of life in the area.

The Chamber is INDISPENSABLE to the Members we serve. With the knowledge and experience of the board base of 1,000+ members, representing countless employees, working collectively toward a common goal. It is a source of knowledge, a venue for human interaction and an opportunity to grow your business.

CHAMBER EVENTS

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP BANQUET

Held every January highlighting year-end activities and featuring informative and entertaining speakers.

CHAMBER BUSINESS EXPO

This successful business expo showcases a variety of businessin the areal The expo is open to the business and residential committees.

CUSTOMER SERVICE TRAININGS

Coaching to help improve support and satisfaction among customers by providing your employers with necessary skills to make your business a success.

JUICE UP YOUR MORNING

Join us for a morning of networking with an opportunity to connect with other members. Stop by and enjoy a cup of coffee and a breakfast treat to start your day off right.

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CHAMBER

MONTHLY CHAMBER LUNCHEONS:

Sponsorships are available for all events and each luncheon features a guest speaker who addresses a timely topic.

NACHO AVERAGE CHAMBER MIXERS

An excellent opportunity for members and prospective members to network, exchange business cards and meet neighbors.

TACOS-N-TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR

Various subjects geared to small and medium businesses that focuses on today’s constant changing in digital technology.

SOUTH TX TRANSPORTATION CONFERENCE

Held at The Emerging Technology Complex and is a premier educational forum for planners, government officials and economic development representatives.

ST. PATTY’S DAY PINCH ME 5K

March 18th, 2023

A sanctioned run open to all ages.

TOPICS AT 12

Join Chamber staff and business leaders for lunch and open discussion of topics pertaining to Victoria.

VICTORIA GAME DAY WITH HOOKS

Join us for double-A baseball with the Corpus Christi Hooks. At the Ball Park at the Bay at Whataburger field.

VICTORIA LEGISLATIVE DAY IN AUSTIN

March 6th and 7th, 2023

Focuses on issues that effect businesses in Victoria and surrounding areas. Highlights are government officials and legislators that offer an insight to state government.

AMBASSADORS

The Ambassadors play a vital role in the Victoria Chamber of Commerce acting as the official welcoming committee for the Chamber. The Ambassadors work to strengthen relationships with chamber members and increase awareness of the benefits, programs and initiatives of the Chamber. The Ambassadors are known around town for their friendly smiles and distinctive red attire. We proudly serve the community as dedicated and diplomatic envoys to spread goodwill.

Benefits:

· Meet business leaders for networking contacts

· Obtain an insiders perspective to the Victoria’s business community

· Invitations to Ribbon Cuttings, Groundbreakings, and other Chamber events

· Gain knowledge of resources and leads through the Chamber and fellow Ambassadors

· Exposure of your name and company before the business community

· Recognitions and awards for outstanding service

Join the Ambassadors for Just $30 a Year

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VICTORIA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

victoriaedc.com

The Victoria Economic Development Corporation (VEDC) is excited to play a vital role in the Greater Victoria Region and we are growing and evolving to better serve our community. Our focus is jobs, whether that be helping to retain the great primary job base that we have in the region or working with our partners to create more high paying job opportunities locally for our friends and neighbors.

Our official mission is to work to attract opportunities for private capital investment that will increase the tax base and create primary jobs; and works to retain and expand existing businesses. We were founded in 1982 by members of the private business sector with a vision for the future; to work closely with elected officials and community members on initiatives that will strengthen opportunities for generational growth.

That means our goal is to be your partner and advocate for you. To do whatever we can to make it easier for you to retain and create job opportunities in the region.

This year we are excited to announce that we have embarked on an official new Business Retention and Expansion Work Program. We have begun reaching out, visiting and working with regional employers to see what challenges they face and how we can pull our community together to support and make Victoria an even better place to do Business.

We are also fortunate to be adding more members to our Board of Directors and welcoming new partners, expanding our ability to serve our constituents. In May 2022 we began working for the City of Edna and Calhoun County, the City of Port Lavaca and (Calhoun)

West Navigation District in January 2023. We also have contracts in place or are designated partners to serve the Victoria Sales Tax Development Corporation - City of Victoria, Victoria County, the Victoria County Navigation District and Victoria Regional Airport. VEDC’s non-profit status provides for a unique organizational structure that mirrors the collective ideas of both private business and governing taxing entities. Our private sector funding is derived from businesses and individuals committed to supporting Victoria’s growth.

We are fortunate to be experiencing a very active time in our region for potential new investments. VEDC continues to work with several mega projects that represent more than $5 billion in capital investments and have the potential to create over 1,100 local high paying jobs. VEDC is working around the clock to help our region rise above the competition and secure a brighter future for all of us.

Economic development is a team sport, and everyone plays a vital role in the competition for expansions and new business growth. Superb educational opportunities for the current and future workforce, robust utility infrastructure to support new business growth, diverse and stable transportation infrastructure, and a quality place to live and work all contribute to the success of our region.

VEDC is committed to building and maintaining strategic alliances to accomplish the goal of job creation and growth of the tax base in the Victoria area.

Contact Jonas Titas at jonastitas@victoriaedc.com for more information on becoming a member of VEDC.

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PORT OF VICTORIA

The Port of Victoria (POV) is a shallow-water port located just 35 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and is perfectly located between Houston and Corpus Christi. POV currently moves over 4 million tons of cargo by barge a year and has an $11 billion economic impact on the region which constantly ranks us among the top inland ports in the country. In 2022 the port has added over 2 miles of rail to our North Site and announced the Texas Logistics Center at our South Site. Dual rail service provided by the UPRR and BNSF gives the port an advantage over other locations.

In addition to the above, the port continues to reinvest in itself. 2022 was a banner year for the Port of Victoria. We completed 2 road expansion projects, executed two leases with new tenants, signed two options for future leases and added 270 acres of land to the South Site. Zinc Resources, a $90 million facility is now operational! This proves that investing in infrastructure leads to jobs and economic development.

POV continues to work closely with Victoria County, City of Victoria and Victoria Economic Development Corporation to promote economic growth. We are part of the I -69 alliance which helps make I-69 a reality. This interstate is vital to our future providing improved connection to Mexico, Houston and beyond. The Port is currently working on other infrastructure improvements such as a $27 million rail build out at the Texas Logistics Center to provide enhanced service to future tenants. The coming years look bright for the future at the Port and region.

VICTORIA REGIONAL AIRPORT flyvictoriatx.com

Victoria Regional Airport (VCT) is a towered, fully operational FAA Part 139 airport that provides scheduled commercial airline service. SkyWest Airlines d.b.a. United Express currently operates a 50-seat Bombardier CRJ 200 Regional to Houston Intercontinental Airport. VCT is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS), which identifies existing and proposed airports that are considered significant to the national airspace system. The Airport, owned and operated by Victoria County, is situated on a 1,766-acre site and is classified by the Federal Aviation Administration as a Regional Commercial Service Airport.

As a significant transportation, infrastructure, and economic asset to the community, VCT brings great opportunities to improve economic outcomes in Victoria and the region, as well as to make the area more of a business and economic opportunity destination. Recently, VCT finished a Site Preparedness Study that concentrated in future development of three parcels of land located off U.S. 59 Business Highway. The study focused on four major components:

• Quantify & prioritize land available for non-aeronautical land development

• Identification & analysis of site environmental & utility availability

• Determine future environmental & horizontal infrastructure needs

• Identification of targeted industry sectors & airport-compatible land uses

Non-aeronautical land development refers to the development and ground leasing of airport-owned property for compatible commercial or industrial uses that are physically separate from the secured runway zones and typically unrelated to serving the traveling public or aeronautical functions. It is expected that VCT’s non-aeronautical ground leasing will become the central force behind the growth of the region, and the catalyst for turning Victoria County and City of Victoria into one of the region’s most prosperous and vital local economies. While non-aeronautical real estate development will become a crucial source of revenue for the airport, the combined economic impact to the region will grow exponentially from the current impact of $44.7 million in economic activity.

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BUDGET BLINDS OF VICTORIA budgetblinds.com/victoriatx

What sets your company apart from your competitors?

We are a locally owned and operated business with a strong franchise support. We take care of the process from start to finish. Alicia will schedule the consultation, Melissa or Casey will come to your home or business with our Free In-Home Consultation and show you our products, measure and present a quote to you. Then when the products are in, Kyle and Travis will professionally install your new window treatments. We back our products up by the best warranty in the industry, and all service is done by us.

How does your company give back to the community?

Budget Blinds loves being involved in the community and have volunteered or sponsored several events: we are an Annual Sponsor of Citizen Cancer Run, Heart Walk, the Annual Christ Kitchen Christmas Dinner & Care Package, Golden Crescent Casa Wine Pairing, and various other sponsorships.

This year we co-hosted a Back-to-School Drive where we handed out almost 300 back pack and supplies to kids in the community (along with help from some amazing local businesses). We are always looking for ways to be involved in local events in the community and give back as a team!

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHTS

LONG BRANCH RANCH & AG SERVICE

longbranchag.com

What sets your company apart from your competitors?

Long Branch Ranch & Ag Service has based our company on customer communication and satisfaction. From our initial meet and consult of the work a customer wants done and until the last weld is laid, we have their best interests at heart. We stand behind everything we do and they are always a customer. Another item we feel sets us apart is every job we do is bid. Customers always know upfront what their charges will be. No hourly rates nor surprises once finished. When I drive out the gate for the final time, I want them to feel appreciated and proud of what they paid for.

We instill in our employees this attitude as well as with our work. Always have made the point clear to do the job as if you were building this for yourself. We do feel our commitment to our customers and the quality of our work sets us apart from others.

How does your company give back to the community?

Long Branch Ranch & Ag Service volunteers time to help with events in city limits/county such as trash cleanups and Warriors Weekend group. Several organizations/businesses have formed to help others in need and we are proud to be able to make generous donations by sponsoring fund raisers and buying items at their events. We appreciate the call to help others and to be able to give back to the community to help these causes. Nothing is better than sharing success with others by doing it through volunteering your time or financially supporting.

I feel blessed to have been able to make my living doing what I love. Through hard work and dedication anyone can achieve their goals no matter how big or small. I look at our Community this way. Victoria is such a great City with much potential because of its caring people & businesses. Giving back to those who support you is what makes a good City a great City.

16 victoriachamber.org Insurance is our something. Customers are our everything. 1501 E. Mockingbird Ln., Ste. 406 Victoria, TX 77904 361-576-2186 • higginbotham.com

OFFICE SYSTEMS officesystemstx.com

What sets your company apart from your competitors?

Our emphasis on partnership. We focus on being more than just a vendor and partnering with our customers, which has helped us become the company we are today. Being local and family-owned, we prioritize building true relationships with our customers and providing unmatched value in the services we offer. Our unique rental acquisition strategy gives our customers unmatched flexibility to manage their business while designating the task of technology management to us. I also believe that our customers appreciate having a Victoria-based company that reinvests in the local community, while also offering cuttingedge tech resources. Finally, it’s our personal touch. Whether it’s servicing a broken printer or managing a fleet of servers, you always get to talk to a real person when you call.

How does your company give back to the community?

While our office has differences in opinions on politics, if pineapple belongs on pizza, and when you can put up Christmas decorations, we are on the same page when it comes to giving back to Victoria. We give back 10% of our yearly profits directly to the community through the Office Systems Foundation. Packing backpacks for elementary kids in need is always a favorite, along with our annual Pack the Pantry event at Christmastime. With Pack the Pantry, we deliver a 3-month supply of groceries and presents to Victoria families who need help during the holidays. In 2021 we adopted 20 families and were able to bless over 60 children with the Christmas every child deserves.

VICTORIA RADIOWORKS LLC

victoriaradioworks.com

What sets your company apart from your competitors?

Victoria RadioWorks has always been extremely involved with our community. We have participated in every charitable event hosted by different organizations. From the once charitable Cattle Baron’s Ball, the Bluebonnet Youth Ranch, Food Bank and many others, we have been and will always remain strong in our desire to contribute to this community. When an organization needs raffle prizes, we give away airtime to raffle ticket winners. We also benefit our community by offering giveaways in the way of tickets for families to enjoy events like Schlitterbahn, Splashway, Renaissance Festival, Moody Gardens and other exciting places. We will always stay focused on helping our community because we care so much about it.

How does your company give back to the community?

Victoria RadioWorks’ history and our long standing relationship with our customers sets us apart from our competitors. The

17 ECONOMY Licensed & Insured / M-38597 Se Habla Español Residential • Remodels • Faucets Fixtures • Sewer/Drain Cleaning Water Heaters • Whirlpool Tubs vicsplumbing@yahoo.com 361-676-2935 Victor Nunez, Owner
For more information about Victoria, please visit victoriachamber.org

history of our stations is like building a family. What started out as the first radio station in Victoria, then the first radio station to bring FM radio, we’ve been here for decades. As we grew from one single station to five stations, each with it’s own unique format, our listeners can enjoy their many music styles. We have talented and wonderful on-air talent that starts the morning each day for our community.

Victoria RadioWorks has been a leader in promotions back to the first and only worldwide Armadillo Festival, bringing people from many other countries, states and cities. KVIC, our long standing station, also conceived and began the first ever night Christmas parade to Victoria. We have continued throughout the decades to offer great promotions, free fun events for family, free tickets to concerts and bringing Willie Nelson to Victoria. Our history has been one of success as we continue to grow new and old businesses, bring great music and conversations with Victoria and the surrounding areas and never settle for less than what we’ve already achieved.

J WELCH FARMS

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What sets your company apart from your competitors?

J Welch Farms is a family farm owned and operated by Jackie and JonAnn Welch. Featuring a 120 acre olive orchard, J Welch Farms is the largest producer of olive oil in Texas offering the highest quality extra virgin olive oil produced at the 5-ton mill. The farm includes a winery, outdoor space with a 12-acre corn maze, live music and entertainment, family fun and games, wine and olive oil membership clubs, and gift shop featuring handmade olive oil soaps and body butters. A unique destination place created and operated with family values, passion, and love, there are many options for community, family, and fun. J Welch Farms offers gift sets with olive oils, balsamic vinegars, family spice mixes, and curated specialty items. “Faith, family, and farming are our core values and we strive to provide the best products and experience for all those who visit our farm.” - Jackie and JonAnn Welch.

How does your company give back to the community?

At J Welch Farms, we believe in giving back to the community that has supported us for so many years. That’s why we are proud to offer our products to local food banks and non-profit organizations. We regularly work with Mid-Coast Family Services, a nonprofit organization that provides critical services to children, individuals, and families. We know that these organizations are working hard to make a difference in our community, and we want to do our part to help them succeed. Our products are always fresh and of the highest quality, so one can be sure that the best possible products are donated to the local food banks and non-profit organizations. We are committed to giving back to the community, and we hope you will join us in supporting these essential organizations. – Jackie and JonAnn Welch

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JANECKA INSURANCE AGENCY janeckainsurance.com

What sets your company apart from your competitors? With a presence of over 36 years in our community, Janecka Insurance Agency is committed to excellence when it comes to customer satisfaction. That means staff members who are easy to reach, available to talk to, and quick to respond to customers’ needs. Agents at Janecka Insurance are knowledgeable and thorough in providing the best possible rates and coverage options to our clients. We consistently go the extra mile to understand the needs of our customers, answer all their questions, and ensure that they understand the terms of their policies. Our way of doing business is to treat others as we would treat our own family members. Simply put, our office team deeply appreciates the trust that our clients place in us, and we consider it a privilege to serve each one of them. Our clients say it best when they tell us that it’s our high standards of service and excellent customer relations that they appreciate most.

How does your company give back to the community?

Janecka Insurance Agency was built on a legacy of service before self. Founder Maynard Janecka was passionate about giving back to his community. Upon his passing in 1986, Maynard’s son Russell assumed ownership of the agency and continued in his father’s footsteps of civic engagement. In 1988 Russell established the annual Maynard Janecka Memorial

Scholarship to honor his father, and to date the agency has awarded a total of $52,350 to many deserving high school graduates who demonstrated community service and civic involvement. Upon Russell’s untimely death in 2021, his wife Gail became owner, and together with Russell’s sister Jill and our dedicated staff, our agency is honored to continue Russell’s precedent of supporting initiatives that have a positive impact on our Victoria Community. These include local schools and churches and their groups and teams; 4-H and Livestock Show; Victoria Ballet; Victoria Symphony; Victoria Fine Arts Association; Victoria Chamber of Commerce; Restoration House; Habitat; Gabriel Project and Bethlehem House.

VICTORIA ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC.

What sets your company apart from your competitors?

Victoria Electric Cooperative (VEC) has been in business for over 80 years. Cooperatives have many qualities that differentiate us from our competition beginning with being a non-profit organization that is owned by those we serve. That’s why those who receive electric service from us are called members, not customers. Without members, there would be no Victoria Electric Cooperative. Our members maintain democratic control of VEC, which means they elect fellow members to represent them on the Board of Directors who establish the strategic direction. Another special benefit of being a member is we return the

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profits to our members every December in the form of Capital Credits. Overall, co-ops are more accessible and responsive to our membership which is why we have established Infinium Broadband to provide internet service to the underserved membership in our service area. We give our members a voice, and we are local—living and working alongside those we serve. That’s the cooperative difference.

How does your company give back to the community?

One of the seven cooperative principles guiding Victoria Electric Cooperative is concern for community which extends further than providing life essential electricity and now broadband internet service. Victoria Electric Cooperative believes one of the best ways to give back to the community is by investing in the education of the youth within our community and as a result awards twenty scholarships annually to local high school students and sends students on the Government-in-Action Youth Tour designed to give young people insight into our state and federal government. VEC provides grants through Community Development Program and adopts a family for Christmas each year. We support the community with hundreds of hours of community service that our local personnel contribute annually while employees of VEC serve on local boards such as the Victoria Rotary Club, Victoria Economic Development

Corporation, Victoria College Foundation, the Victoria Chamber of Commerce, Relay for Life, Perpetual Help, Victoria Christian Assistance Ministry, Adopt a Beach in Port O’Connor, Crossroads Business and Education Connection, and the Victoria Business Coalition. VEC also partners with Community Action Committee of Victoria to assist members who have difficulty paying their electric bills.

KLEAN CORP INTERNATIONAL kleancorp.com

What sets your company apart from your competitors?

We have our own way of doing things. Our one of a kind process comes out of a company culture that values our people, doing the job right and treating clients like family above all else. To ensure that, we create value added products and methods designed to combat your fouling issues. We simply move matter out of place, protect your assets and create value.

How does your company give back to the community?

Over the last 25 years Klean Corp has given to over 100 organizations and continues to support the community not only monetarily, but with our talent and time. We believe in being benevolent, for our Lord has entrusted us with so much.

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ABC TEXAS MID COAST CHAPTER COMPANY

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What sets your company apart from your competitors?

Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc., Texas Mid Coast Chapter (ABC) is a non-profit, construction trade association and is one of 68 chapters across the nation. ABC has been in business since 1982 and works with 105 member companies that are contractors, suppliers, and professional associates, serving the commercial and industrial construction industry.

ABC’s mission is to protect and enhance the free enterprise system by promoting and training a safe, skilled workforce and promoting member participation and involvement by providing quality services, programs, and ways to market members of the association through community involvement. Safety training & education classes, construction project services, legislative engagement, and networking opportunities are just a few of the benefits of being an ABC member. If you would like more information about ABC, please call us at 361-572-0299.

How does your company give back to the community?

ABC gives to the community by offering educational training through the Mid Coast Construction Academy (MCA). This is a high school pre-apprenticeship program offering classes and project-based learning opportunities in Electrical, Plumbing and HVAC. The adult apprenticeship program offers evening classes in Electrical and Plumbing while the student is employed full time in their craft during the day. The MCA programs serve students throughout the mid coast region with job placement assistance in these high demand occupations.

ABC has also donated to other non-profit organizations, such as: The Boys & Girls Club of Victoria, The Ronald McDonald House Charities and the American Cancer Society.

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HOUSING

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 are only a few million dollar homes, there are plenty of high-end options in the $400,000+ price range.

As for style, home buyers have a wide variety of architectural styles ranging from the historic Victorian style the city is known for, to mid-century modern and modern. Although the average age of a home in Victoria is over 35 years, there are plenty of new construction opportunities available - especially on the north side of town.

COMING SOON: FISHPOND AT VICTORIA

Construction on FishPond at Victoria is set to begin in early 2023. The complex will be located near Airline Road and Navarro Street. FishPond at Victoria will include 75 units for residents 55-years-old and older. They must earn less than 60% of Victoria’s area median income, which varies depending on household size. The Department of Housing and Urban Development updates the area median income yearly. Income includes Social Security and other benefits. A residents’ income will determine the unit’s price. Leasing is expected to begin in fall 2024, though this timeline is subject to change amid ongoing inflation and supply chain issues.

NOW LEASING: ENCHANTED GARDENS APARTMENTS

The City of Victoria’s Victoria Housing Finance Corporation, in partnership with Realtex Development Corporation announced the grand opening of a newly constructed affordable housing community, Enchanted Gardens Apartment Homes in October.

“Providing affordable workforce housing options was identified as a key priority by Victorians during development of the City’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan, and the HFC is helping us achieve that goal,” said Assistant City Manager Mike Etienne.

The gated three-story garden-style community features 168 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, providing options for individuals and larger families. The development was designed with open-concept contemporary lifestyle spaces, attractive finishes such as luxury faux wood flooring, quality cabinetry, granite counters, walk-in closets, Energy Star-rated stainless steel kitchen appliances, nine-foot ceilings and garden tubs, among other features.

HOUSING UNITS

39.175 OWNER OCCUPIED

67.3% PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD

2.79 via United States Census Bureau

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Third Quarter 2022 Victoria MSA Quarterly Housing Report

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WHAT RESIDENTS LOVE MOST

“Born and raised in Victoria Texas and graduated from Stroman High school. Victoria community has grown exponentially offering many opportunities for growth, diversity and inclusion are opening doors for many cultures. Victoria is changing rapidly UHV, VC, Three High schools initial plans to expand our Downtown. Making Victoria a place for the next generation.”

“I made Victoria my home 24 years ago, a beautiful small city in the middle of great cities. My husband Troy and I raised two wonderful boys, our oldest one is finishing his master’s in finance management at Texas A&M, while our younger son just started college. We are grateful to the local schools in Victoria both Public and the private sector. Victoria has 2 amazing hospitals ranking on the top 100 best Hospitals providing great work opportunities, for both younger and older adults. Victoria is the beautiful place to raise a family.”

“ Victoria is a safe place to raise our family with great schools and space to grow. I love our city because we take pride in supporting local businesses and giving back to the community.”

“Living in the Victoria Area has many benefits, such as a reasonable cost of living, minimal traffic and in close proximity to many recreational activities such as hunting & fishing that myself and my family absolutely love. Victoria is big enough to have most every amenity and service available that bigger cities offer, yet small enough to offer many advantages you cannot get in the cities. I’m a 40+ year Victoria Banker and love my job, especially my Bank Family & Customers.”

“I grew up in the area as a kid and just moved back about a year ago. I love our city because I am able to share with my own family the nostalgic memories of growing up in the area. Victoria continues to grow into a robust city that offers living for everyone.”

“Victoria: home to Family, Friends, Career and Legacy. I love the relationships built in this community and the compassion in demonstrating their eagerness to lend a helping hand through volunteerism and civic activities. Victoria’s history and hometown ambiance are the perfect setting for our close-knit community, a town teeming with those who rely on one another.”

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EDUCATION

VICTORIA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

361-576-3131 • www.visd.net

With over 13,000 students, the Victoria Independent School District (VISD) boasts an early childhood education center, 14 elementary and eight secondary campuses.

VISD believes that students and staff should explore through choice, pathways, and experiences in and out of the classroom. For students, exposure means attending field trips to the University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) to learn more about STEM programs offered or meeting community partners at personalized learning campuses to learn about various career fields. Exposure means having the opportunity to take a wide variety of classes through routes such as AP, Dual-Credit, or the Career and Technology Institute. It means getting the opportunity to put classroom knowledge to work through learning-based practicum experiences with local partners. It’s having the chance to try out for the band, softball, basketball or dance team.

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 community partnerships to educate students for the 21st-century workforce.

Students are encouraged to “Find Their AND,” when seniors walk across the stage at graduation, they have a diploma AND will leave us prepared for a successful launch into a career, military, college and life to be a contributing member of society. Students are positioned for entering the workforce or college, thanks to career and college centers located at Victoria East and Victoria West High Schools.

VISD’s collaboration with Victoria College, the UHV and other higher education institutions allow students to earn college credits while also pursuing their diploma. Through exposure, exploration, and experiences, students and staff can learn more about themselves, what they enjoy and what they are good at opening the doors for each person’s genius to come to life.

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EARLY CHILDHOOD

Early Childhood Center at F.W. Gross

361-788-2847

1208 S. Navarro

ELEMENTARY

Aloe Elementary

361-788-9509

62 Chaparral

Chandler Elementary

361-788-9587

5105 Guy Grant Rd.

Crain Elementary

361-573-7453

2706 N. Azalea

DeLeon Elementary

361-788-9553

1002 Santa Barbara

Dudley Elementary

361-788-9517

3307 Callis Rd.

Hopkins Elementary

361-788-9527

110 Hopkins Rd.

Mission Valley Elementary

361-788-9514

12063 FM 236

O’Connor ACE Elementary

361-788-9572

3402 Bobolink

Rowland Elementary

361-788-9549

2706 Leary Ln.

Schorlemmer Elementary

361-788-2860

2564 Mallette Dr.

Shields Elementary

361-788-9593

3400 Bluebonnet

Smith STEM Academy

361-788-9605

2901 Erwin

Torres Elementary

361-788-2850

4208 Lone Tree

Vickers Elementary

361-788-9579

708 Glascow

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

Cade Middle

361-788-2840

611 W. Tropical Dr.

Howell Middle

361-578-1561

2502 Fannin

Patti Welder Middle

361-575-4553

1604 E. North St.

STEM & Stroman Middle

361-578-2711

1110 Sam Houston Dr.

HIGH SCHOOLS

Victoria East High

361-788-2820

4103 E. Mockingbird Ln.

Victoria West High

361-788-2830

307 W. Tropical Dr.

Career & Technology Institute

361-788-9288

104 Profit Dr. VISD P-TECH

361-788-2820

ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLS

VISD Success Academy

361-788-9650

2003 E. North St.

Liberty Campus: DAEP Program

361-788-9658

1110 Sam Houston, Ste. 100

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PRIVATE SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT CROSSROADS

CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

361-212-3078 • crossroadschristianvictoria.com

At Crossroads Christian School (CCS), we value a learning environment that considers individual student needs while encouraging growth academically, spiritually, emotionally and socially. CCS is a private part-time school that provides a oneon-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 on alternate days

FAITH ACADEMY

361-572-4568 • myfaithacademy.com

Established in 1981, Faith Academy (FA) 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. FA is dually accredited by the International Christian Accrediting Association and Cognia for preschool -12th grade, which is recognized by the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission. We regularly are thanked from for investing in them and equipping them, both spiritually and academically, for their college and career endeavors.

ST. JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL

361-573-2446 • stjflyers.com

At St. Joseph High School, they believe your education means more than just showing up for class. Here, it’s about exploring your unique talents and gifts. Students are encouraged to challenge themselves academically in an environment

where faculty cares about the individual and their success. As a community of faith, STJ believes in building character while building your future. With a diverse student body, a campus filled with enriching activities, organizations and athletics, STJ will help you discover who you are and what matters most in your life.

THE VINE SCHOOL

361-212-8463 • thevineschool.com

The Vine School is a special program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related Communication Disorders. The program is open to children age two through eighteen. The Vine School does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, or religion.

Parents are invited to visit the school and observe in the classroom so they will be able to make an informed decision about whether the available opening is suitable for their child. An initial screening is then conducted to determine each child’s eligibility for admission to the program.

VICTORIA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

361-573-5345 • victoriachristian.org

At Victoria Christian School (VCS), they prepare their students for Today, Tomorrow, and most importantly, Eternity. Established in 1978, VCS offers preschool beginning at one year through Pre-K 4 as well as a Kindergarten through 11th grades. They add a grade each year to the school as they grow.

VCS is strongly committed to quality education in a Christian environment. All of their teachers are experienced, certified and dedicated to the teaching profession. Curriculum is Christianbased and Abeka. The Abeka curriculum offers a strong foundation in the core subjects. It is a challenging curriculum which has been proven to be a year ahead of public school curriculums.

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Victoria College (VC) is nearing one century of offering higher education and training in the 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 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-ofthe-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 school in Hallettsville.

The University of Houston-Victoria is working every day to make a positive impact on its students and the community. We know the importance of drive, and the university has made some exciting changes that will help others connect with the university and its mission.

“UHV is committed to providing a high quality, affordable higher education to our students and to meet the needs of our community,” UHV President Bob Glenn said. “We are proud to partner with Victoria’s leaders to promote education and support them and others as they work to reach their goals for themselves and their hometown.”

In October, UHV hosted a ribbon-cutting celebration for UHV University South, the university’s new science, technology, engineering and mathematics building. The 58,464 sq. ft., threestory building houses a 120-seat classroom; motion capture, robotics and gaming, biology, anatomy and other labs; and an immersive 210-degree visualization theater.

That same day, UHV announced that the university would be reorganizing from three academic schools into four academic colleges: Business, Education & Health Professions, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, and Natural & Applied Science.

UHV offers more than 80 academic programs for students to earn degrees and certificates in what drives them. During the past year, UHV has added new programs to better serve the needs of the surrounding communities and the interests of its students.

The UHV College of Business has added an undergraduate concentration in construction management as well as graduate concentrations in business analytics, human resources management, nonprofit leadership and supply chain management. The UHV College of Natural & Applied Science also began offering new academic programs including a graduate data science program as well as new undergraduate concentrations in cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and data science.

UHV also is working to add even more new programs, including undergraduate degrees in nursing, music and studio art as well as programs in computer, chemical and electrical engineering; agribusiness and agricultural science; and aviation science.

The future is looking bright for UHV and Victoria, and your hometown university is here to help you achieve your goals and pursue what drives you.

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VICTORIA COLLEGE 361-573-3291
VictoriaCollege.edu
OF HOUSTON - VICTORIA 361-570-4848 • UHV.edu
UNIVERSITY

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. 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.

MEDICAL FACILITIES

BUIILDING KID STEPS

361-578-2257 • www.buildingkidsteps.com

4208 Retama Circle • Victoria, TX 77901

Building Kid Steps opened in May 2011 and provides outpatient rehabilitation and rehabilitation for children with disabilities ages birth to 21 years old. They provide speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy for children with a variety of disabilities and developmental delays. They

believe in treating the whole child by including their family as part of the treatment process. Through a team approach Building Kid Steps strives to:

• Provide cutting edge, evidence-based therapy to assist our “kids” in becoming the best version of themselves.

• Provide families education and support regarding their child’s individual therapeutic needs and how it may impact the entire family.

CITIZENS MEDICAL CENTER

361-573-9181 • citizensmedicalcenter.org

2701 Hospital Dr. • Victoria, TX 77901

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

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• 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

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

DRISCOLL CHILDREN’S VICTORIA

SPECIALTY CENTER: 361-572-1000

QUICK CARE: 361-572-1045

MFM CLINIC: 361-694-4874

Pediatric Cardiology: 361-694-5086

driscollchildrens.org

115 Medical Dr. • Victoria, TX 77904

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.

Specialty Center - Victoria

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

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buildingkidsteps@gmail.com

The COAL Center accepts pediatric and adult patients with certain neurologic diagnosis who may benefit from using the Lokomat®Pro or the Armeo Spring equipment. To find out more about our services, please contact us through Building Kid Steps.

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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.

Quick Care - Victoria

Driscoll Children’s Quick Care – Victoria offers 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.

GULF BEND CENTER

www.gulfbend.org

Each year, the Gulf Bend Center serves approximately 1,900 adults with mental illness, 550 children and adolescents with an emotional disturbance or mental disorder and 200 people with developmental disabilities. Since its opening, the Center has provided services to over 50,000 people in the Crossroads Region, improving their quality of life and their personal relationships with family and friends. Gulf Bend is the only Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic in this 7-county region.

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.

FITNESS

CITIZENS HEALTHPLEX

citizensmedicalcenter.org/page/healthplex

Citizens HealthPlex’s 72,000 square foot facility has everything you need to maximize your results. Come enjoy 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.

DETAR HEALTH AND FITNESS CENTER

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 • Registered massage therapists

Corporate wellness program • Certified personal trainers

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NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT

FOOD BANK OF THE GOLDEN CRESCENT . . . . www.tfbgc.org

In 2021, FBGC provided nearly 7.2 million meals to the community.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY .

. . . habitat.org

We build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.

MID COAST FAMILY SERVICES . . .

. midcoastfamily.org

Empowering children and adults to live a life free from family violence, homelessness, sexual assault and substance abuse.

RESTORATION HOUSE MINISTRIES .

restorationhouseministries.org

Helping young men & women and their families restore their lives.

SALVATION ARMY. . . southernusa.salvationarmy.org/victoria

Sharing God’s love by serving others. You can make a difference!

BELONG

. sjrcbelong.org

Belong serves children and families of Texas who have been affected by abuse, neglect or trauma.

SOUTH TEXAS BLOOD southtexasblood.org

South Texas Blood & Tissue connects lifesaving donors to patients.

HOPE OF SOUTH TEXAS CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER

hopecenterstx.org

Our goal is to reduce the trauma of child abuse by assisting in the investigation, assessment, prosecution, and ongoing treatment.

UNITED WAY OF THE CROSSROADS unitedwaycrossroads.org

Our focus is on childhood success, financial stability and health.

BILLY T. CATTAN RECOVERY OUTREACH . . . . . . . . btcro.org

Adult outpatient substance use and psychiatric disorder treatment.

GULF BEND CENTER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . gulfbend.org

Comprehensive mental health and intellectual/developmental disability services.

YMCA OF THE GOLDEN CRESCENT . ymcagoldencrescent.org

Ensuring that everyone has the chance to learn, grow and thrive.

VICTORIA COUNTY LONG TERM RECOVERY GROUP victorialtrg.org

Providing case management, spiritual, emotional, physical and financial resources to those affected by disasters.

VICTORIA SYMPHONY SOCIETY, INC. victoriasymphony.com

Carefully curating musical concerts in Victoria since 1974.

TEXAS ZOO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . texaszoo.org

The Texas Zoo’s mission is to CONNECT the public to wildlife.

VICTORIA BACH FESTIVAL . . . . . . . . victoriabachfestival.org

Celebrating the work of J.S. Bach and composers spanning the ages.

VICTORIA BALLET THEATRE . . . . . . . . . . . . victoriaballet.org

Promoting dance for the cultural benefit of Victoria.

WARRIOR’S WEEKEND . . . . . . . . . . . . warriorsweekend.org

Assisting combat wounded veterans with a water therapy weekend.

PERPETUAL HELP HOME . . . . . . . . . perpetualhelphome.org

A place of safety and healing for women released from jail or prison.

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SEE AND DO

ATHEY NATURE SANCTUARY BIRDING DECK

Start your birding experience in Victoria at the Athey Nature Sanctuary Birding Deck! Three separate 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 Texas Coastal Bend region.

THE AXE SOCIETY the-axe-society.square.site

Victoria Texas No. 1 Axe throwing experience and venue. BYOB beer/wine/food. Good for happy hour, date night, birthday parties, and team building to name a few. Ages 10+ are welcome to throw. Adult need be present if younger than 18 years old.

CENTURY LANES centurylanes.com

Century Lanes is a bowling center with 32 AMF lanes and a Bowl Land automatic scoring system. They have a full service lounge, pool tables, lockers, pro shop, video arcade and snack bar. There is a wide variety of leagues to join spanning all ages and tournaments throughout the year.

CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY MUSEUM OF THE GOLDEN CRESCENT

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 handson environment. Regardless of how you spend your time, you’re sure to discover something new!

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THE CLUB AT COLONY CREEK

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.

DISC GOLF COURSES

Let if fly at Victoria’s18-hole disc golf courses! Riverside Park features two full courses, the renowned Riverside Disc Golf Course and the 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. In addition, Coleto Creek Park will be home to a new 18 hole championship disc golf course designed by Ron Engebretson and the Fox’s Bend Design Team.

EDUCATIONAL GARDENS

vcmga.org/victoria_educational_gardens

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.

FIVE POINTS MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART

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.

HWY 87 MARKET

DAYS

hwy87tradedays.com

Hwy 87 Trade Days is an indoor/outdoor vendor market held the 3rd Saturday of the month from 9am to 3pm at Son Valley Ranch located at 8793 Hwy 87 North in Victoria. From hand crafted wood products, metal artwork, home accents, jewelry, hand-sewn products, bath goods, direct sales with candles, books, clothing, essential oils, boutique clothing, and more along with non profit organizations for you to support!

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Corn Maze 9/9 to 11/27 2022 Fri: 6p-10p • Sat: 10a-10p Sun: 11a-6p Call for Field Trip Info! Winery Great wine, cra beer, charcuterie, pizza, wine slashes and tons of fun! Band Nights - Fri & Sat: 7p-10p r-Sat: 11a-10p • Sun: 11a-6p 361-412-7677 111 Ripple Rd., Victoria, TX JWelchFarms.com Visit our Farm-to-Your-Table Gi Shop

J WELCH FARMS

jwelchfarms.com

Located on a 40 acre site in Victoria, J Welch Farms has something for everyone! Offering handcrafted farm-to-table extra virgin olive oil, a large selection of Texas made wines, Texas craft beer, live music every Friday & Saturday from 7-10PM, RV accommodations nearby, a gift shop and a corn maze. Bring your kids and stay awhile; there is fun for everyone! Corn Maze is open seasonally mid-September through Thanksgiving weekend.

LEO J. WELDER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

weldercenter.org

The Leo J. Wilder Center for the Performing Arts hosts yearround 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.

LET’S DANCE

letsdancevictoria.com

Let’s Dance brings you the finest ballroom, Latin, country and swing dance instruction in South Texas. Whether you are beginning or advanced, have a partner or not, they will tailor a program just for you. Come see their brand new elegant location on Navarro, between Ashley’s Furniture and Gold’s Gym.

MISSION VALLEY PAINTBALL

mvpball.com

Mission Valley Paintball is family owned and operated by the Girt family of Mission Valley, Texas. The idea of MVP ball was planted in 1998, after family members took up the sport. MVP ball has now grown to include 3 speed/concept fields and one brush field.

MUSEUM OF THE COASTAL BEND

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.

OUTLAW PASS FAMILY FUN CENTER

outlawpass.com

This premier family entertainment center is where “kids” of all ages can enjoy a variety of exciting attractions in one location, including the most unique adventure golf course in the Lone Star State, a thrilling 900 linear ft race track and much more!

PADDLING TRAIL

tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/boat/paddlingtrails/ inland/victoria

The Chisholm Trail, Riverside Park, Mission Espiritu Santo, and Fort Saint Louis Sections are the four trails that make up the 25-mile Victoria Paddling Trail. Meandering along the Guadalupe River in the Coastal Region this trail is slower moving and bordered by scenic soft banks rather than the limestone bluffs of the Hill Country. This quiet reach can be paddled in multiple sections varying in lengths and time on the water.

PARKS

victoriatx.gov/166/Parks-Facilities gbra.org/recreation/coleto-creek-park

You’ll find plenty of fun activities at Victoria’s many parks. The City of Victoria has 16 parks and 981.98 acres of parkland, including Riverside Park, Victoria’s largest, as well as Patriot Park, which is dedicated to honoring veterans and first responders. In addition to ballfields, picnic areas, playscapes and pavilions, Victoria’s park system includes boat launches as well as a Memorial Rose Garden featuring 1,050 rose bushes.

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

PRO-ESCAPE ROOMS proescapes.net

At Pro Escapes they go beyond to challenge your mind. Their team has created a selection of live action packed puzzle rooms perfect for families, friends, tourists, co-workers or for any special events. Visit their website to learn more.

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Second Weekend in December PROCLAIMING THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT JESUS CHRIST Sunday Worship - 9:10am & Bible Class - 10:30am B e t h l e h em V il l a g e Early Childhood Center Preschool Ages 3-4 361-573-0867 GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod 9806 NE Zac Lentz Parkway Victoria, TX 77904 www.gracelutheran-tx.org 361-573-2232

RIVERSIDE GOLF COURSE

playriversidegc.com

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.

SKATE PARK

victoriatx.gov

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.

SKATEWORLD

skateworldtx.com

Open for public skating sessions! Enjoy skating and exciting games out on the skating floor or just come and hang out with your friends and take advantage of the snack bar. They also offer general and private parties.

SPLASH PADS

Beat the heat this summer at one of Victoria’s three splash pads! With a variety of water features, covered tables or pavillions and restrooms, this is the perfect place for 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. Planning a party? For reservations contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 361-485-3200.

Community Park Splash Pad: 211 N. Ben Wilson St. Ethel Lee Tracy Splash Pad: 1507 Placido Benavides Dr. Lone Tree Creek Splash Pad: 4009 E. Airline Rd.

THEATRE VICTORIA theatrevictoria.org

Founded in 1977, Theatre Victoria has grown from a handful of participants, who stored their properties, sets and costumes in borrowed garages and performed only a few times a year, to a core of 150 active volunteers producing up to 10 productions annually.

THE TEXAS ZOO

texaszoo.org

The Texas Zoo’s mission is to CONNECT the public to wildlife. Giving them the opportunity to LEARN the importance these

E ach of our comfortable rooms include valuable amenities like a microwave and refrigerator, as well as free WiFi so you can stay connected on the road. Swim in the heated indoor pool before heading to your room for a comfortable night of rest.

39 SEE AND DO MOBILE CHECK-IN FREE WIFI INDOOR POOL FREE BREAKFAST VICTORIA NORTH/MALL AREA 361-237-3943 SUPER8.COM 8001 N.E. ZAC LENTZ PKWY. • VICTORIA, TX 77904 RELAX AND UNWIND
victoriatx.gov/480/Splash-Pads

For more information about Victoria, please visit victoriachamber.org

animals serve to the environment and humans alike. Inspiring them to PROTECT our animal’s wild counterparts in their native habitat. The Zoo is home to over 100 species, both Texas natives and exotics found around the world.

VICTORIA COUNTRY CLUB

victoriacc.com

The jewel of golf in Victoria is the Victoria County Club, one of the finest courses in South Texas and home to many Championship events each year. 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.

VICTORIA FARMERS MARKET

facebook.com/victoriafarmersmarket

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.

VICTORIA PUBLIC LIBRARY

victoriapubliclibrary.org

One library. More than 141,600 books, CDs, and DVDs and 470 plus programs and activities. From interactive reading programs for young children to video gaming fun for teens, the library has a tremendous variety of engaging activities for all ages!

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2918 N. Laurent St. Victoria, TX 77901 organicemporiumllc.com 361-576-2100

CAN’T MISS EVENTS

CEMETERY TOURS

www.historicvictoriatexas.com

This 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 lively vignettes as visitors meet the ghostly residents of Evergreen Cemetery.

CITIZENS MEDICAL CENTER RUN AGAINST CANCER

citizensrunagainstcancer.org

In fall of 2023, Citizens Medical Center will host the 7th Annual Citizens Run Against Cancer Half-Marathon and 5K! All proceeds from this event benefit local patients battling cancer.

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 across the nation in raising funds for lifesaving science. Join the American Heart Assoc. to take steps together to cure heart disease and stroke.

CZECH HERITAGE FESTIVAL

victoriaczechs.org

A family friendly day of dining, drinking, dancing, games, and especially music. Make plans to bring the whole family!

DOWNTOWN VICTORIA ART WALK

vtxartwalk.com

The Downtown Art Walk is a self-guided art experience of local galleries, artist studios, local businesses and cultural events. Attendees will be able to enjoy live music, shopping, dining and live dancing. On-site trolley shuttles attendees to each venue.

DOWNTOWN RHYTHMS

victoriasymphony.com

Victoria Symphony proudly invites you out for an evening of food, families and fun at this free family concert. The Symphony will perform selection from pops, jazz and movie favorites.

GOLDEN CRESCENT CASA WINE PAIRING

goldencrescentcasa.org

Mark your calendars and join Golden Crescent CASA for our Annual Wine Pairing! This event will include an Inspired cuisine with various paired wines, a live and silent auction, and thrilling entertainment.

HISTORIC HOMES TOUR

www.victoriapreservation.com/events

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.

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.

JACK WHITMIRE MEMORIAL CHARITY CLAY SHOOT

clayshoot.victoriarotary.org

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 & live auctions as well as the Calcutta.

JAM FEST

victoriafinearts.org

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.

LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE & CHRISTMAS ON THE

SQUARE

www.victoriatx.gov

Each year the 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

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Victoria comes alive with over one hundred floats and organizations decked out in their Christmas attire.

THE NUTCRACKER

www.victoriaballet.org

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.

OUTDOOR EXPO AT SUN VALLEY RANCH

www.familyoutdoorexpo.org

This free, unique event brings the outdoors to town in a one of a kind experience for families to fish, shoot pellet guns, climb rock walls, ride ponies, browse educational booths, learn how to fly fish, shoot a bow and arrow and more!

PARADE OF HOMES

crossroadsba.com/parade

The Parade of Homes is an annual event showcasing the latest in home building design, floor plans, architecture, state-of-the-art technology, interior design, outdoor living, furniture decor, landscape design, and new home trends in products and services throughout the Victoria and Crossroads area.

QUILT SHOW

quiltguildvictoria.org

Marvel at the dozens of quilts on display and shop from a number of vendors in attendance selling a variety of unique quiltrelated items and supplies. There will be various vendors, classes, special exhibits, silent auction, scrap dive and fun!

RIVERSIDE RIDE & KIDZ FEST

kiwanisclubvictoriatx.org/riversideride

This is a fun, family, timed, “recommended” bike riding event 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 six SAGsupported routes including 6 mi. (10K Family Ride), 20 mi., 30 mi., 40 mi., 50 mi., and 60 mi. routes.

SOUTH TEXAS TRANSPORTATION CONFERENCE

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.

VICTORIA BACH FESTIVAL

www.victoriabachfestival.org

Performing masterworks of classical repertoire and new music, this week-long festival 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 area.

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.

VICTORIA GENERALS BASEBALL GAMES

victoriagenerals.com

The Generals have seen several of their former players selected in the Major

League Baseball draft over the course of the last four years. During that time span, 20 former Generals have been selected and 11 still currently play affiliated minor league baseball. It is only a matter of time before the first former General makes his major league debut.

VICTORIA LIVESTOCK SHOW

www.victorialivestockshow.com

Attracting more than 10,000 visitors each year, the Victoria Stock Show 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.

WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S®

act.alz.org

This is the world’s largest fundraiser for care, support and research. All participants are encouraged to raise critical funds that allow the Alzheimer’s Association to provide 24/7 care and support and advance research toward methods of prevention, treatment and, ultimately, a cure.

WARRIOR’S WEEKEND

www.warriorsweekend.org

For 16 years, Warrior’s Weekend has been assisting combat wounded veterans with a relaxing water therapy weekend in Port O’Connor. The weekend is filled with a good ole South Texas Welcome with all the surrounding towns waving on the streets, shutting down highways, waiving big flags and showing appreciation for what we all hold dear - OUR FREEDOM!

WILD ABOUT WINE

www.texaszoo.org

Wine tasting, food pairing, music and entertainment make a night of fun at the annual Wild About Wine fundraiser for the Texas Zoo. 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.

Then

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Where shopping is a little piece of Heaven! Vintage Collectibles Gifts 3708 N. Navarro St, D Victoria, TX 77901 361-578-7290 Monday - Saturday 10am-6pm 25+ Vendors in 1 Large Shop! New Stuff - Old Stuff and Anything In Between Featuring: Furniture, Glassware, Art, Clothing, Jewelry, Coins, Man Cave & More!
& Now

MARKETPLACE

BANK AND FINANCIAL

FIRST NATIONAL BANK VICTORIA

4304 N. MAIN ST. VICTORIA, TX 77901

361-579-7911

FROST BANK

7602 N. Navarro St. Victoria, TX 77904

361-580-9091

www.frostbank.com

With $51.8 billion in assets, Frost – a subsidiary of Cullen/ Frost Bankers, Inc. – is one of the 50 largest U.S. banks and provides a full range of banking, investments and insurance services to businesses and individuals across Texas.

TEXAS DOW EMPLOYEE CREDIT UNION

tdecu.org

TEXAS CROSSROADS

1401 E. Mockingbird Ln. Victoria, TX 77904

(800) 839-1154

VICTORIA RIO GRANDE

1514 Rio Grande St. Victoria, TX 77901

VICTORIA MALL

7800 N. Navarro St., Ste. 387 Victoria, TX 77904

Opening in Spring 0f 2023

RELOCATION OF THE VICTORIA MALL

9019 N. Navarro St. Victoria, TX 77904

BEAUTY AND SPA VICTORY BARBERSHOP LLC

1101 SAM HOUSTON STE. B VICTORIA, TX 77901

979-476-1540

VICTORYBARBER.SETMORE.COM

CATERERS AND FOOD SERVICES

GRAPEVINE CAFE AND CATERING

6404 NURSERY DR., STE. 103 VICTORIA, TX 77904 361-572-3060

COMMUNICATIONS

INDEPENDENT LIVING COMMUNITY

MORADA VICTORIA EAST

501 E. LARKSPUR ST. VICTORIA, TX 77904 361-248-2422

MORADASENIORLIVING.COM

INSURANCE

GSM INSURORS

104 N. WILLIAMS ST. VICTORIA, TX 77901 956-202-2322

WWW.GSMINSURORS.COM

MANUFACTURING AND INDUSTRY

REGIONAL STEEL

4853 US HWY. 87 S. VICTORIA, TX 77901 361-578-5277

REGIONALSTEEL.NET

VCS COMPANIES

302 Kerh Blvd. Victoria, TX 77904 361-575-1528

vcscompanies.com

Leader in technology & communications for 35+ years.

Residential & Commercial Burglar & Fire Alarms

Video Surveillance

Automations Systems

Smart Home Systems

Complete Network Systems

iCloud Backup • Motorola Radios

Wi-Fi • ATT service & phones

EDUCATION SERVICES

CUERO ISD EDUCATION FOUNDATION

960 E. BROADWAY CUERO, TX 77954 361-275-1924

SERVPRO OF VICTORIA

2504 E. Rio Grande Victoria, TX 77904 361-573-6000

servprovictoria.com

24/7 Commercial & Residential

Emergency Clean-Up & Restoration Services

Specializing in:

Water Damage Restoration

Fire Damage Restoration

Mold Remediation

Storm & Major Events

Air Duct Cleaning

Bio-Hazard Clean-up

MEDICAL

DONALD W. BREECH, M.D., P.A.

605 E. SAN ANTONIO ST., STE. 410 E VICTORIA, TX 77901 361-578-2911

ELITE TESTING & SCREENING SERVICES LLC

1501 E. RED RIVER, STE. B1 VICTORIA, TX 77901

361-894-6859

SOUTHTEXASDRUG.COM

THE SURGERY CENTER

6404 NURSERY DR., STE. 300 VICTORIA, TX 77904

361-570-8311

VICTORIASC.COM

NON-PROFIT

GULF BEND CENTER

6502 Nursery Drive, Ste. 100 Victoria, TX 77904

361-575-0611

gulfbend.org

Gulf Bend Center provides community-based services to individuals with mental illness & intellectual & developmental disabilities (IDD) in Victoria, Calhoun, Lavaca, DeWitt, Jackson, Refugio & Goliad Counties.

RETAIL AND SPECIALTY SHOPS

DICK’S FOOD STORE

1302 E. CRESTWOOD VICTORIA, TX 77901

361-573-4339

HUDSONS ENGRAVING & GIFTS

3208 SAM HOUSTON DR. VICTORIA, TX 77904 361-578-9873

HUDSONSENGRAVING.COM

PORT LAVACA: 1101 S. Hwy. 35 Bypass • 361-552-6726

VICTORIA: 4304 N. Main St. • 361-579-7911

SEADRIFT: 101 Railroad St. • 361-785-5321

PORT O’CONNOR: 3675 W. Adams • 361-983-2508

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Visit us for all of your banking needs. The Bank that’s Good as Gold ® FIRST NATIONAL BANK www.fnbportlavaca.com

We are a family owned and operated business with a strong belief that success results from customer ser vice. We strive ever y day to make each customer’s experience the ver y 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 laundr y to you in the timely manner and in the best of conditions. Always expertly folded, neatly packaged, and returned with a smile.

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45 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Railroad and rawhide exhibits are featured at the Yoakum Heritage Museum as well as photos about the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad. The Leather Room covers early tanneries and exhibits fine-tooled saddles and other leather goods. In addition, the Museum hosts several special exhibits throughout the year. 34TH CHRISTMAS TREE FOREST: STARTS NOVEMBER 20TH NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM EVENT: DECEMBER 10TH SUNDAY, TUESDAY & THURSDAY: 1PM-4PM • FRIDAY: 10AM-4PM 312 Simpson St. • Yoakum, TX 77995 361-293-7022 yoakumareachamber.com/visit-yoakum/experience-history EXPERIENCE OUR HISTORY AT THE Yoakum ritage
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With downtown shopping and restaurants, a recently renovated 9-hole golf course, an historic public library with exciting new programs, Yoakum is everything you need whether you're here for the day or for a lifetime. 808 S. HWY. 77A • 361-293-6321 • CITYOFYOAKUM.ORG Yoakum Chamber of Commerce • 361-293-2309 • yoakumareachamber.com • info@yoakumareachamber.com YOAKUM AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EVENTS FARM AND MARKET DAYS 1st Saturday of Every Month 9am – 1pm Centennial Park TOM TOM FESTIVAL 1st Weekend in June Arts/Crafts/Food Vendors Parade • BBQ Cook Off Car Show • Live Music STREET DANCE 3rd Saturday in September Celebrating Yoakum’s Birthday SIP AND SHOP 3rd Thursday in November Shop and Sip Your Way Through Yoakum With Great Raffle Prizes! CHRISTMAS ON GRAND 1st Saturday in December Snow • Kids Games Farm/Market Vendors Local Shopping Lighted Parade • Movie
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