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, orangecountyedc.com, 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!



About five years ago, Vidor Rotary Club acquired a small bus that was being taken out of use in Vidor ISD.  The bus was stripped of student seats and it's wheelchair lift, painted a cheery green, and outfitted with shelves donated by Taylor Made Custom Cabinets.  With generous donations of books for kids aging from birth to eighteen, the bus was ready to roll.  It began with one monthly visit to Waterfall Apartments, where dinner was prepared for children and books were checked out from the green bus.
Since then, Rotary has greatly expanded the services of the little green bus. In the summertime, the bus makes a trip out every Wednesday atnoon, visiting four apartment complexes to take sack lunches and books to children and youth.   During the school year, the green bus will visit the same four places once each month to take a sack meal and of course, books.  In addition, you can find the green bus out many other times during the year.  The Rotarians take the bus to the Vidor Public Library's Summer Reading program finale, where books are awarded to each child who completes the library's summer reading goals. This year, more than a hundred kids got free books from Vidor Rotary Club on the bus. 
The bus also gives out free books at Vacation Bible Schools and at each of two community-wide garage sales the Rotary Club hosts each year, and visited Skatetown's summer program to award books this summer.  It participates in the Homecoming parade supporting our Pirates, and can be found at many other community events including the recent Lions Club Fourth of July bash at the community center park.  In addition, Vidor Rotary Club joined forces with Young Audiences of Southeast Texas and Vidor ISD to offer a free summer reading camp the past two years.  The children who participate in the camp receive two free books each week.  "We want to encourage kids of all ages to read," says Vidor Rotary Club President Tim Andrews. "We also realize that many of them don't have enough to eat sometimes, and we try to help with that as well."  Vidor Rotary Club is proud to keep that green bus rollin' rollin' rollin'!


County Joins Pride And Progress

By- George Garza - The Vidorian
Mayor Robert Viator and City Manager Mike Kunst meet with the Orange County Commissioners Court.
Residential property owners looking at building a new home or making any major improvements on an existing home can now receive a tax abatement on any new Orange County property taxes assessed on the improvements they make to their property. That will mean that the property owner could see a reduction in future property taxes levied by the City of Vidor, the Orange County Port and Navigation District, the Orange County Drainage District, the Orange County Water Control and Improvement District and now the County of Orange if their new construction qualifies for inclusion in the City of Vidor Pride and Progress program.


Pirates Show Respect

Courtesey: KOGT

Vidor Football Coach and Athletic Director Jeff Mathews has done a lot of innovative things and introduced new ideas to Pirate Country.  This year’s idea may be one of his best.
The Bridge City native, beginning his 17th season at Vidor, is adding a blue line on the black and gold football helmet.  His way of showing support for law enforcement with the recent shootings in mind.  The blue line emblem has multiple meanings, all arising from the same concept: police officers stand as the thin line that protects society from good and evil, chaos and order.
“I just thought I wanted to do something where everyone knew where we stood,” Mathews said.  “We support law enforcement 100%.  I have friends, former players, players parents and others who have gotten into law enforcement.  One of my players dad is a Texas Ranger.  I have total respect for what they’re asked to do and it depresses me that anyone in this country would not respect their authority.  We respect them.  And we appreciate the job they do.”
The Pirates open the season August 26 against Barbers Hill.

Date Location
Aug. 26  Barbers Hill, 7pm
Sept. 1 at Pasadena Memorial, 6pm
Sept. 10 at Central, 4pm*
Sept. 16 Ozen, 7pm*
Sept. 23 at Nederland, 7pm*
Sept. 30  Lumberton, 7pm*
Oct. 7 at PNG, 7pm*
Oct. 14  Livingston, 7pm*
Oct. 21 at Baytown Lee, 7pm*
Oct. 28 OPEN
Nov. 4 PA Memorial, 7pm*