Around Vidor

  • 4NS Festival
  • Bird NS2
  • CHtree gallery
  • David House sm
  • Eyes NS3
  • NS1 tree
  • V memorial 3 -gallery
  • big buc -gallery
  • boat
  • clothes vidor shops 3 -gallery
  • david memorial 2
  • first baptist church sm
  • flagsmemorial
  • gumbo house food -gallery
  • high school -gallery
  • homecoming ffa float -gallery
  • memorial 2 -gallery
  • methodist church 2 sm
  • nick nacks vidor shops -gallery
  • nyp pizza - gallery
  • park memorial -gallery
  • pirates -gallery
  • vhs band -gallery
  • watertower
  • woogies -gallery
  • xmas classic cruise -gallery

Hotel Occupancy Tax Grant Applications Due

words hotel occupancy tax in yellow and white on black background with picture of hotelIt is time again to apply for Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) grants. Any organization or individual wanting to apply for a HOT grant from the City of Vidor for the fiscal year of 2016-2017 must have their application submitted to Mike Kunst, City Manager, no later than 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 7, 2016. 

Basically, HOT grants are to put “heads into beds” of local hotels, but must fit into one of nine statutorily authorized categories. Those categories are:  (1) convention and visitor centers; (2) convention registration; (3) advertising the city; (4) promotion of the arts; (5) historical restoration and preservation; (6) sporting events in a county under one million in population; (7) enhancing or upgrading existing sports facilities or sports field (only in certain cities); (8) tourist transportation systems; and (9) signage directing the public to sights and attractions that are visited frequently by hotel guests in the city.

On Thursday, September 15th at 7:00 p.m., the Vidor City Council will have a special-called meeting to consider the HOT grant applications. At this meeting, one speaker per application will be allowed to present to the City Council the merits of their application, followed by Council’s questions, if needed.  Following all the presentations and questions, the Council will determine the amount to award the applications.
A reminder for those who were awarded a HOT grant for fiscal year 2015-2016, if HOT grant follow-up forms have not completed and filed, those are also due by September 7th.

Click HERE for the HOT grants application
Follow-up form is available HERE
Further information regarding Hotel Occupancy Tax can be found HERE
Click HERE for information regarding what cities need to know to administer Municipal Hotel Occupancy Taxes

Labor Day 2016

celebrate labor day in red on blue background with workers In observance of Labor Day, City offices will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2016. The Sanitation Department will run its normal Monday route. To ensure pick-up, cans must be out by 6:00 a.m. Anyone desiring to make a payment to either the Sanitation Department or Municipal Court may use the appropriate drop box located in the rear parking lot of the City Hall Municipal Building.  Have a safe and relaxing holiday!

School Bus Safety Reminder

A chart describing examples of when a driver must stop for a school bus.A reminder from Officer Matt Custer on when you MUST stop for a school bus.

School starts on Monday, our children will be excited to ride the Big Yellow Bus! Please watch out for them.

First time Pre-K and Kindergarden parents we hope your day is not too stressfull. All you other parents try to contain your excitement in front of the children as you send or drop them off at school.

We hope everyone has a great start to the new school year!


OCEDC Debuts New Website and Strategic Planning Survey

The Orange County Economic Development Corporation is hoping to create an impactful, informative and interactive online experience with its updated website.

The site address remains the same,, but includes new features such as Business Resources, Infrastructure and Small Business Financing pages. Videos and graphics add to the experience of the site, further delivering information in a visual way.

“Having a robust website is an important tool in business recruitment,” said Jessica Hill, Executive Director of the Orange County Economic Development Corporation.

“The more information we can make available to prospects, existing businesses and residents, the more opportunities we will have.” In addition, the OCEDC is hoping the new site will drive participation in its strategic planning survey. Business owners and residents will be able to participate in the economic development corporation’s planning process by completing the online surveys found on the site’s homepage. Survey responses will be analyzed in aggregate in order to update the three to five year strategic plan.
“The surveys give the community a voice and provide citizens and business owners an opportunity to offer input as we develop a strategy for growth and development in Orange County,” says Hill. “I encourage everyone in Orange County to participate.”
The online surveys will be available through the end of October. In addition to the surveys, the Orange County Economic Development Corporation will host several focus groups to target specific initiatives. The date and location of the focus groups will be posted when scheduled.

For More information, contact...

Jessica Hill, Executive Director
123 S. 6th Street, Orange Texas 77630
409.883.7770 | 409.540.9338


Vidor ISD Open Enrollment

Vidor Independent School District is now accepting applications for Open Enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year.  Click Here for details, requirements, and the application to begin the process of enrolling your child in the school district that is Second to None!