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Economic development group receives recognition for business center, Caterpillar project

Oct. 11, 2011 at 5:11 a.m.

Representatives from Victoria stand onstage at the Texas Economic Development Council's 50th Anniversary annual conference in Fort Worth. Attending the ceremony are, from left, Charmelle Garrett, Don Pozzi, Lewis Neitsch, Thomas Gwosdz, Donald Day, Will Armstrong, Adrian Cannady, Dale Fowler, Dennis Patillo and Aaron Demerson.

The Victoria Economic Development Corp. is the winner of the Texas Economic Development Council's Community Economic Development Award.

The honor, presented last week at the council's 50th Anniversary annual conference in Fort Worth, recognizes entities that made significant economic development contributions to their communities and the state.

Victoria's award came for its strategic development plan for the Lone Tree Business Center and its marketing to industry leaders. The result was an announcement that Caterpillar planned to locate a hydraulic excavator plant at the business park.

Victoria was up against other communities with similar populations, including Allen, Longview, Missouri City, New Braunfels, Sugar Land and Waller County. Criteria for the award included innovativeness, transferability, community commitment and leverage, measured objectives and secondary benefits.

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