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Orange County EDC Unveils New Marketing Campaign

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Orange County EDC Unveils New Marketing Campaign

The Orange County Economic Development Corporation has kicked off a new marketing campaign to attract new industries, businesses, and residents to Orange County. You can read more about in this article, The Reasons Why People Are Moving to this Up-and-Coming Southeast Texas County.

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Orange EDC Hires Business Development Manager

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Orange EDC Hires Business Development Manager

The Orange County Economic Development Corporation announces the hiring of Megan Romero as its Business Development Manager. Megan comes to the EDC from Albanese Cormier Holdings, a progressive commercial real estate company, where she has been responsible for property management of Edison Plaza in Beaumont, a 425,000 square foot facility, as well as 24 properties located in the company’s southeastern region of the portfolio. Prior to her employment with Albanese Cormier Holdings, Ms. Romero was Regional Safety Coordinator for IMCAL in Lake Charles, LA, and interned with the City of Orange in the City Manager and Planning and Zoning Departments. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her Bachelor of Science Urban and Regional Planning, and a 2012 graduate of Little Cypress Mauriceville High School.

“The EDC is excited to have Megan joining the team. There are so many opportunities unfolding in Orange County and Megan will certainly assist our efforts to see them through” said Jessica Hill, Executive Director.

Megan’s roles and responsibilities will include management of the County’s Hotel Occupancy Tax program, retail development, lead generation, board management, preparation of marketing materials for business development purposes, communications in response to inquiries, social media and website management, analytical support and analysis, and support of allies and EDC members.

The Orange County Economic Development Office is located in the Orange County Administration Building, 123 S 6th Street, Orange.

Orange County Economic Development Corporation Launches New Website

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Orange County Economic Development Corporation

The Orange County Economic Development Corporation has launched a new version of its website, www.orangecountyedc.com. The new site features a modern design, improved functionality, and easy access to information allowing visitors to make informed decisions about Orange County and our economy.

The improved site includes many highly utilized applications such as the site database and demographics portal, and now includes an interactive map, useful links, and a government community calendar.

“The final product is representative of everyone’s needs. The site selector, the business owner and the Orange County citizen are all represented in the information included on the new site.” said Jessica Hill, Executive Director.

The Orange County EDC chose Marketing Alliance to facilitate the redesign and tell the story of Orange County’s economic opportunities. Marketing Alliance specializes in economic development websites and has developed a portfolio of more than 250 U.S. communities.

Help for Orange County Businesses Damaged by Imelda

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If you are an Orange County business and sustained damage from Imelda, please contact Orange County Economic Development Corporation at jhill@orangecountyedc.com.

Orange County Economic Development will need the following information:

  1. Name of business
  2. Estimated repair cost
  3. Were you insured?

You can also call them at (409) 883-7770.

2019-2020 Hotel Occupancy Tax Fund Open for Applications

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2019-2020 Hotel Occupancy Tax Fund Open for Applications

The Orange County Hotel/Motel Tax Committee has released applications for non-profit entities within Orange County to apply for a portion of the county’s hotel/motel tax funds. Any 501(C) organization in Orange County that attracts visitors to Orange County Texas can make an application to the committee. There are a number of restrictions by state law as to how the funds can be utilized. Funds must be used in a manner that encourages overnight visitors to Orange County, AND expenditures must fall within one of the following categories.

  • Convention Centers and Visitor Information Centers
  • Registration of Convention Delegates
  • Advertising, Solicitations and Promotions that Directly Promote Tourism and the Hotel and Convention Industry
  • Promotions of the Arts that Directly Promote Tourism and the Hotel and Convention Industry
  • Historical Restoration and Preservation Activities that Directly Promote Tourism and the Hotel and Convention Industry
  • Sporting Event Expenses that Substantially Increase Economic Activity at Hotels
  • Certain Portions of Sporting Facilities
  • Shuttle Services for Convention Activities

The application and guidelines are available on the Orange County Economic Development Corporation’s website. Applications will be accepted through September 9, 2019, at 5:00 pm. Applied funds must be for activities occurring October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020.

The Hotel/Motel Tax Committee will review the applications and hold a public hearing in October. An open meetings notification will be published. Those submitting applications will be notified directly. The committee will make recommendations to the Orange County Commissioner’s Court for the expenditure of the funds, which will be disbursed through a post-event reimbursement evaluation once all supporting documentation has been received.

Applications may be submitted via email to jhill@orangecountyedc.com or delivered by mail or in-person to 123 S. 6th Street, Orange, Texas 77630, Attention: Jessica Hill.

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