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May 07, 2020

The Texas Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas has provided Guidelines and Open Texas Checklists to help safely and strategically restart and revitalize all aspects of the Lone Star State. All Texans are called on to act responsibly while helping protect our most vulnerable neighbors. 

Apr 20, 2020
VEDC is partnering with Corpus Christi's Regional EDC to better understand the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on our local business community. We are participating in an impact analysis project as a member of the COVID-19 Business Resources Working Group that is conducting a series of local business surveys.
Apr 14, 2020
Governor Greg Abbott announced that Goldman Sachs and the LiftFund, along with other community development financial institutions (CDFIs), are partnering to provide $50 million in loans to small businesses in Texas that have been affected by COVID-19 as part of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.

VEDC Staff

The VEDC has a staff of three dedicated full-time employees to conduct economic development activities.


President

D. Dale Fowler, CEcD
dalefowler@victoriaedc.com

Dale brings more than 34 years’ experience of customer service in economic and community development, including 17 years at American Electric Power to his position of President of the Victoria Economic Development Corporation.  He is a Certified Economic Developer by the International Economic Development Council, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute, and holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in business and marketing. Dale lends his leadership skills to the Texas Economic Development Council where he serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. His extensive background in the utilities market allows him to provide valuable insight to prospective and current businesses. Dale maintains a quick pulse on the local and state governments, keeping abreast of the climate for business development.


Operations Director

Sharon H. Barnard
sharonbarnard@victoriaedc.com

Sharon has more than 20 years of non-profit leadership experience including twelve years at the Victoria Economic Development Corporation as Operations Director. Her service-minded attitude reflects the business friendly environment of VEDC, and her in-depth knowledge of community assets and attention to detail compliment her discernment for economic development. Sharon is a native Victorian, and is eager to assist prospective industry business leaders with the tools they need to find the right formula for success in our community.


Office Manager

Danielle Alvarez
daniellealvarez@victoriaedc.com

Danielle joined the Victoria Economic Development Corporation team in April 2018 when she confidently stepped into the role of Office Manager bringing with her a background in accounting and customer service. She completed an MBA in Economic Development and a BBA in Accounting from UH-V. As a native Victorian, Danielle conveys a strong sense of community as she communicates Victoria’s story to industry leaders, and coordinates a cohesive vision for the Corporation’s members to successfully execute the strategic plan and meet the goals of VEDC.