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Orange County EDC Releases Industry Growth Strategy

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Orange County Economic Development Corporation

The Orange County Economic Development Corporation has released its Industry Growth Strategy in partnership with VisionFirst Advisors and Foremost Quality Logistics. The strategy targets the recruitment and expansion of the logistics distribution and warehouse industries but also provides valuable resources to promote all sectors of Orange County.

Based on interviews, desktop analysis, and VisionFirst Advisors and Foremost Quality Logistics’ (FQL) knowledge of the Orange County region and the Orange County Economic Development Corporation (OCEDC), the industry growth strategy identifies activities, outlines goals, and provides suggested tactics for OCEDC to implement to recruit logistics, distribution, and warehousing businesses.

“Orange County has seen tremendous opportunity in recent years. This strategy will allow us to continue in a growth trajectory, capitalize on existing developments, and create opportunity for sustainable success,” said Jessica Hill, Executive Director of the OCEDC.

The leadership team gathered comprehensive data and trends and sought stakeholder input from a variety of voices, providing context to the analytics, to develop a meaningful and effective growth strategy that Orange County can successfully implement.

Recommended strategies include improving internal and external messaging, increasing business development outreach, aligning industry and educational partners, and developing key performance indicators. Each strategy will be implemented through an extensive outline of tactics specifically directed at capitalizing on the strengths of the community.

This plan lays out the groundwork for a collaborative approach to logistics, distribution, and warehousing by optimizing the resources of the region. The full report can be accessed at Industry Growth Strategy.

For more information, contact Jessica Hill, Orange County Economic Development Corporation at (409) 883-7770.

City of Orange Announces Adopt a Spot Program

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City of Orange Director of Planning and Community Development, Kelvin Knauf, presented the “Adopt-a-Spot” program during the Orange City Council Meeting on March 8, 2022. The Adopt-a-Spot program is intended to provide residents and/or organizations with a way to make Orange a more beautiful city in which to live, work, and play. The Adopt-a-Spot program encourages citizen participation in beautification projects of a permanent nature on public and/or private property.

Examples of projects may include painting a mural, landscaping, cleanup of blighted areas, beautification campaigns, and/or construction of a fountain, gazebo, sculpture, or other structures.

Additional information concerning the Adopt-a-Spot program and program applications can be found here.

Orange Rec Center Slated to Open Summer 2022

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The City of Orange is excited to announce the opening of the Recreation Center is targeted to take place in the summer of 2022. The center is located at 1405 W. Orange Avenue in Orange.

This is the former location of the Orange City Natatorium. Demolition began in June 2021 of the Natatorium in preparation for the construction of the new $2.9 million recreation center to take its place.

“We look forward to bringing a facility of this level to the City of Orange for the citizens to utilize,” says Public Works Director Jim Wolf.

City of Orange CDBG Program Receives Certificate of Distinction

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Pictured L to R: Mayor Larry Spears Jr.; Rita Monson, Grants Planner; Kelvin Knauf, Director of Planning and Community Development

The City of Orange CDBG program was presented a Certificate of Distinction from the National Community Development Association for the utilization of CARES Act funding.

The City of Orange CDBG program granted funds to the Orange Community Action Association for the installation of an air purification system for their building, shields for all transportation buses, and money to continue buying food for seniors. Funds were also granted to other local organizations such as Orange Christian Services, James Hope Center, Jackson Community Center, and Greater Orange Area Literacy Services.

These funds allowed these organizations to purchase PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and provide community assistance during the pandemic.


City of Orange General Election Candidates Announced

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City of Orange Applying for Additional Harvey Disaster Relief Funds

The following candidates have applied for a place on the ballot for the May 7, 2022, City of Orange General Election:

Council Member Place 2 (Single-Member District 2):
Brad Childs

Council Member Place 4 (Single-Member District 4):
Mary McKenna
Richard G. Pillsbury
Dwain Boullard

Council Member Place 5 (At-Large):
Caroline Mazzola Hennigan
Charles Thomas

Early voting by personal appearance will be conducted: Monday, April 25, 2022, through Friday, April 29, 2022, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday, May 2, 2022, and Tuesday, May 3, 2022, from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Early Voting Polling Locations:

Orange County Airport
2640 South HWY 87
Orange, TX 77630

Mauriceville Community Center
7441 Cohenour Road
Orange, TX 77632

Orange Public Library
220 N Fifth Street
Ira Williamson Meeting Room
Orange, TX 77630

Raymond Gould Community Center
385 Claiborne
Vidor, TX 77662

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