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Posted on: May 11, 2021

Where does my trash go? Help us get rid of waste the right way

A rolling machine lays down a black plastic liner on a wide, flat indented area

PHOTO #1: A new half-cell at the Victoria landfill, 18141 FM 1686, is covered with a thick plastic liner to prevent contaminants from leaking into the environment.

PHOTO #2: Items that residents discarded for recycling sit in a pile at the Waste Management...

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Posted on: May 4, 2021

City Corner Column: Master plans: Community development by the people, for the people

Mike Etienne, Assistant City Manager

The City of Victoria is growing, and with that growth come new challenges. Can our transportation system handle increased traffic (along with pedestrians and cyclists)? How can we protect residents from flooding and improve our access to developable land?...

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Posted on: April 27, 2021

Public Works in Action: Loop 463 light replacement brightens our night

A cherry picker style truck extends its basket up to a street light on a highway.

PHOTO #1: A contractor crew replaces the bulb on a street light on Loop 463 near Main Street.

PHOTO #2: A worker replaces the bulb on a street light on Loop 463 near Main Street.

Residents who like to ride Loop 463, particularly at night, were likely please...

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Posted on: April 20, 2021

City Corner Column: City engages with legislative process to promote residents’ interests

Thomas_Gwodz

In his next-to-last City Council meeting, Mayor McCoy thanked me for working actively with the City Council to recommend positions on legislative issues. Laws passed at the state level can have a tremendous impact on the City and our residents, which is w...

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Posted on: April 13, 2021

Public Works in Action: Move that barricade! Reconstructed stretch of Crestwood reopens

Construction workers move orange-and-white barricades from Crestwood near Dairy Treet

PHOTO: Contractors move the barricades that blocked westbound traffic on Crestwood Drive during Phase One of a reconstruction project. The road reopened April 8.

Crestwood Drive is once again open to two-way traffic between Laurent and Ben Jordan, and the ...

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Posted on: April 6, 2021

City Corner Column: Victoria County vaccine hub provides prompt, efficient vaccinations

Portrait of David Gonzales

During our most recent COVID-19 vaccination clinic, we were able to administer vaccines to attendees within about five minutes of their arrival at the Community Center Annex. The process is much speedier than it was when we first started; attendees submit...

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Posted on: March 31, 2021

Public Works in Action: Street projects balance reconstruction, maintenance

Cracks, potholes and uneven patches are visible on a residential road.

PHOTO #1: The Victoria City Council on Feb. 23 approved a contract to reconstruct San Antonio Street from Laurent Street to East Street.

PHOTO #2: The City of Victoria last year sealed the streets in the Fleetwood subdivision using an Onyx seal coat to ext...

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Posted on: March 17, 2021

City Corner Column: Victoria Police Department seeks to improve programs, promote safety

Roberto Arredondo Jr. in police uniform

I often tell our officers that we do our job not only for the citizens of Victoria but for ourselves and our own families. We are members of this community, and we want our families to live in a safe city where police officers and community members work t...

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Posted on: March 2, 2021

City Corner Column: Port of Victoria rail expansion will boost region’s economy

Overview of proposed rail expansion shows a rail loop that provides access to more land

PHOTO: An upcoming rail project at the port of Victoria will allow the port to accommodate larger unit trains and provide access to three undeveloped tracts of land.

When I tell people that I’m the executive director of the Port of Victoria, most are surpr...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

Learn more about the thoroughfare master plan, open houses

Two women stand in front of an Explore Victoria backdrop.

The City of Victoria Development Services has been working to solicit community input on the forthcoming thoroughfare master plan, and now City officials are ready to bring residents together virtually to discuss ideas.

The City will host two open houses M...

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Posted on: February 9, 2021

Victoria’s parks system offers something for everyone

Riverside Park sign

As the weather outside starts to get warmer, many Victoria residents are emerging from their long winter’s nap to get some sun and fresh air. If you’re looking to get out of the house, Parks & Recreation has you covered with a vari...

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Posted on: February 9, 2021

City Corner Column: Resolving warrants helps put residents back on right path

Vaness_Heinhold

February is Warrant Resolution Month in the City of Victoria, and Municipal Court is adding extra virtual dockets to help residents resolve their cases. If there is a warrant out for your arrest due to unpaid fines and other unresolved issues, I invite yo...

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Posted on: January 26, 2021

City Corner Column: Victoria Economic Development Corporation grows region’s wealth

Portrait of Victoria Economic Development Corporation President Dale Fowler

When people find out that I work for the Victoria Economic Development Corporation, they often ask me what my organization is doing to bring retailers and restaurants to Victoria. While that’s certainly a worthy goal, it’s important to remember that econo...

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Posted on: January 20, 2021

Make a new year’s resolution with the City of Victoria

Two people walking along the Lone Tree Creek Hike and Bike Trail at night

PHOTO: Victoria residents can work toward their 2021 fitness goals by paying a visit to the Lone Tree Creek Hike and Bike Trail.

Here at the City of Victoria, we try to find ways to improve throughout the year, but we recognize that the start of 2021 is a ...

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Posted on: January 11, 2021

City Corner Column: New capital improvement plan process involves all departments, residents

Portrait of capital improvement project manager Todd Jarisch

If you look around at the plans taking shape in different City departments, you’ll see a common theme: a deliberate effort to enhance livability and address community needs by bringing City functions in line with residents’ expectations, particularly the ...

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Posted on: January 5, 2021

For new police chief, working in Victoria is dream come true

Uniformed police chief hands a gift-wrapped Etch-a-Sketch to a child through a car window.

PHOTO #1: Victoria Police Department Chief Robert Arredondo Jr. hands a toy to a child Dec. 9 during a toy distribution event hosted by the Region 3 Early Childhood Intervention Program.

PHOTO #2: Victoria Police Chief Robert Arredondo Jr., accompanied by ...

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Posted on: December 29, 2020

City Corner Column: Road projects determined by multiple entities, input from residents

Ken Gill

The City of Victoria recognizes the importance of keeping residents informed about the road projects that affect their daily lives, which is why we’re working to expand the ways we provide information and solicit feedback about projects. However, in order...

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Posted on: December 15, 2020

City Corner Column: Cleanups support broader community improvement

Portrait of Environmental Services Director Darryl Lesak

If a developer taking a first drive through Victoria sees litter along the highways, convincing that person to invest in our community will be an uphill battle. However, if they see clean and well-maintained public areas dotted with colorful flowerbeds, t...

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Posted on: December 8, 2020

We need a little Christmas: Tips for getting into the holiday spirit

A plexiglass elf sculpture stands near a lamppost with the H-E-B Christmas Tree in the background.

PHOTO: A plexiglass elf stands on Bridge Street at one of the “elfie stations” posted downtown by the Convention & Visitors Bureau.

A year unlike any other deserves an extra dose of holiday cheer.

It’s important that we find ways to enjoy the holiday se...

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Posted on: December 1, 2020

City Corner Column: Victoria Sales Tax Development Corporation sets goals for prosperous future

Portrait of William R. Blanchard, board president of the Victoria Sales Tax Development Corporation

My career has taught me about the type of environment businesses need to thrive. As the CEO of DeTar Healthcare System for nearly 30 years, I knew there were only two ways DeTar’s base of potential patients could grow: if the community grew or if we offer...

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Posted on: November 19, 2020

Let’s talk turkey: How to celebrate Thanksgiving during a pandemic

Thanksgiving turkey on a serving platter

COVID-19 precautions like staying inside and staying apart may not fit most people’s idea of a Thanksgiving celebration, but with a few modifications, you can still enjoy the holiday while keeping your loved ones safe.

Curbing the spread of COVID-19 is esp...

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Posted on: November 16, 2020

City Corner Column: Victoria Fire Department expands public health role

Fire Chief Robert "Tracy" Fox

When young kids say they want to be firefighters when they grow up, they may not imagine themselves providing flu shots to economically disadvantaged residents to keep hospitalizations low during a global pandemic—but for the Victoria Fire Department, it’...

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Posted on: November 10, 2020

Heat your home safely by keeping seasonal hazards in mind

Family forms wide circle around smiling cartoon space heater: I'm so happy when I have my own spa

The weather outside will be frightful before we know it—but before you light a fire in the fireplace or turn on your heating appliances, remember that fire safety is crucial even (and especially) during the colder months.

John Stary, fire inspect...

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Posted on: November 3, 2020

City Corner Column: Victoria Regional Airport helps whole community soar

Airport director Lenny Llerena

Imagine flying into George Bush Intercontinental Airport late at night after a lengthy vacation or business trip. You’re tired and jet-lagged, and you want nothing more than to go home and rest. Would you rather spend another two hours driving home or fly...

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Posted on: October 27, 2020

As fiscal year begins, capital improvement projects steadily move forward

The proposed duck pond design, featuring a larger water area and gazebo moved to opposite side

PHOTO: An image from a March 3 presentation to City Council shows the proposed new design for the duck pond in Riverside Park.

Fiscal year 2021 kicked off for the City of Victoria on Oct. 1, but whether you notice any changes may depend on where you look.

T...

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Posted on: October 13, 2020

PSA shares public health information with Victoria’s Spanish speakers

Josephine Soliz sits at the council dais during the filming of a PSA.

“La familia lo es todo,” Mayor Pro Tem Josephine Soliz implores the camera from her seat on the City Council dais, “y tenemos la responsabilidad de protegernos.”

Family is everything, and we have a responsibility to protect each other.

That’s the message be...

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Posted on: October 6, 2020

City Corner Column: Victoria Broadband Commission seeks ways to keep people connected

Assistant City Manager Darrek Ferrell

As society progresses, amenities like electricity and plumbing that were once luxuries for a privileged few become expected and necessary parts of life. In the house where I grew up, we couldn’t get cable TV because of our location relative to rail lines....

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Posted on: October 2, 2020

City Corner Column: Music industry professionals, how can we help you?

Joel Novosad

The Convention & Visitors Bureau is seeking volunteers to serve on the new Victoria Music Friendly Advisory Board, an unpaid board that will yield dividends for its members, the City and our community as we seek to harmonize our efforts to cultivate V...

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Posted on: September 29, 2020

Census deadline is almost here; here’s why you should respond

Victoria Counts! Census 2020

The window to take part in our nation’s once-in-a-decade head count closes Oct. 5.

As the deadline nears, we realize that residents who haven’t responded yet may have a variety of reasons for not doing so. Nevertheless, we want to emphasize that everyone c...

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Posted on: September 22, 2020

City Corner Column: Take a “Minute” to learn about the City

Ashley Strevel

People like to say, “You learn something new every day.” I hope that’s true for Victoria residents, who have plenty of ways to learn about the many services and programs the City offers. 

When choosing where to eat, V...

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Posted on: September 15, 2020

Public Works in Action: City smooths out pothole repair process

Bryant Stamps repairs a pothole using one of the City of Victoria’s patch trucks.

PHOTO #1: Equipment operator Bryant Stamps repairs a pothole using one of the City of Victoria’s patch trucks.

PHOTO #2: Crew leader James Toth repairs a pothole using one of the City of Victoria’s patch trucks.

PHOTO #3: Crew leader Hen...

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Posted on: September 8, 2020

City Corner Column: With 2021 budget approved, residents can look forward to bright future

Jesus Garza

Last week, the City Council approved the budget for fiscal year 2021. The completed budget represents a culmination of efforts by City leadership to find the best ways to continue addressing the community’s needs and take the next steps toward b...

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Posted on: August 31, 2020

Complete Count Committee ramps up Census effort as deadline nears

Complete Count Committee members discuss the 2020 Census at Liberty Coffee Haus

PHOTO: From left, Celeste Menchaca, City of Victoria development coordinator; Ashley Strevel, City of Victoria director of Communications & Public Affairs; Bethany Castro, executive director of Perpetual Help Home; and Jodi Sandoval, community health ...

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Posted on: August 24, 2020

City Corner Column: Going virtual brings challenges, new possibilities

IT Director James Foote

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced organizations of every stripe to rethink the way they do business, and the City of Victoria is no exception. As social distancing recommendations have guided us to limit the number of people in City-owned buildings, we&...

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Posted on: August 17, 2020

Certified Permit Technician uses love of code to assist residents

Development specialist Dora Gomez works at the front desk

PHOTO: Development specialist Dora Gomez works at the front desk at the City of Victoria Development Center. Gomez holds a Permit Technician Certification from the International Code Council.

Spending hours a day researching building codes may not be most ...

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Posted on: August 10, 2020

City Corner Column: Victoria Public Library provides education, entertainment during pandemic

Dayna_Capone

Recently I ran into someone I know while I was assisting with checkouts on a busy day at the Victoria Public Library. As I helped her check out, she thanked me and said, “This is helping me with my mental health.”

It was a reminder of t...

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Posted on: August 3, 2020

Census 2020: Why it matters; Reason #5: Census plays role in health care, pandemic recovery

Don't forget to wash your hands and respond to the 2020 Census!

Responding to the U.S. Census is a bit like washing your hands: It’s a simple action that won’t take too much of your time and will help to protect the health of your community.

The COVID-19 pandemic has provided a stark lesson about th...

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Posted on: July 27, 2020

City Corner Column: City works to bring you information wherever you are

Ashley Strevel

Whether you’re scrolling through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram; checking email; listening to a podcast; turning on your TV; or picking up the newspaper, the City of Victoria’s Communications & Public Affairs will be there to provi...

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Posted on: July 20, 2020

#WeAreParksAndRec: Recreation services manager

Woman on kayak with another woman on dock

To celebrate National Park and Recreation Month, the City of Victoria is spotlighting its Parks & Recreation employees who help make Victoria a great place to live, work and play.

PHOTO: Recreation Services Manager Jaymie Heibel, right, and recreation ...

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Posted on: July 13, 2020

City Corner Column: What’s in store for Parks & Recreation? It’s up to you

Parks & Recreation Director Jason Alfaro

I’m excited to be back in my hometown directing Parks & Recreation. Victoria is a city with a lot of natural beauty, and we’ve got a great parks system with good bones and plenty of space for expansion and new amenities. Our recrea...

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Posted on: July 6, 2020

#WeAreParksAndRec: Head golf professional

Head Golf Professional Rolando Hernandez wears a face mask at Riverside Golf Course

To celebrate National Park and Recreation Month, the City of Victoria is spotlighting its Parks & Recreation employees who help make Victoria a great place to live, work and play.

When Head Golf Professional Rolando Hernandez tells people his job title...

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Posted on: June 29, 2020

City Corner Column: Building a better Victoria through new methods, ongoing projects

Public Works Director/City Engineer Ken Gill

Public Works is taking an increasingly scientific approach to road repairs, gathering information that will help us to provide a pavement management report that will lead to more cost-effective maintenance programs for our streets.  

We’...

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Posted on: June 23, 2020

Victoria Police Department earns trust by upholding core values

Interim Police Chief J. Mark Jameson

Recent high-profile incidents of police violence have led to a breakdown of trust in law enforcement. We have seen citizens rising up across the nation to demand accountability and have been stunned to see how some protests have turned violent.

The Black L...

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Posted on: June 22, 2020

We’re prepared for hurricane season. Are you?

Yellow binder open to page displaying City and Office of Emergency Management logos

PHOTO: Environmental Services’ emergency procedures for hurricanes and other disasters are recorded in a yellow binder. The department recently finalized contracts with AshBritt, a debris management company, and TetraTech, a monitoring service c...

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Posted on: June 15, 2020

City Corner Column: Looking back, looking forward after 1 year in Victoria

Jesus A. Garza

It’s been a year since I came to Victoria to take on the role of city manager, and both the job and the city have been great. My wife and I love the fact that Victoria is a small enough community to feel family-oriented but big enough to have am...

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Posted on: June 8, 2020

Fun things to do in Victoria this summer

Kayakers on the Guadalupe River

Summer is a time for relaxation, and this year we’ve definitely earned it. The kids have logged out of their virtual classes, and with some pandemic restrictions being lifted, it’s likely that you’re looking for a cure for yo...

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Posted on: June 1, 2020

City Corner Column: Maintenance, custodial staff keep City buildings safe throughout pandemic

Roger Welder

When you come to City offices to apply for a permit or pay your water bill, you may not give much thought to the maintenance and custodial workers who keep the building running. Today, however, I’d like to commend my staff for their excellent re...

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Posted on: May 16, 2020

City Corner Column: Helping downtown thrive through COVID-19 and beyond

Danielle_Williams

Danielle Williams, Victoria Main Street Program director and interim director of Parks and Recreation 

It seems like more and more people nowadays are visiting Victoria’s historic downtown after hours, stopping by to go for a jog or walk...

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Posted on: May 11, 2020

Lessons learned from disasters, part 2: Hurricane Harvey, COVID-19

Emergency Operations Center during Hurricane Harvey

In the second part of my interview with Chief Fox we cover Hurricane Harvey and COVID-19, both so impactful to Victoria in such different ways.

This blog post is the second in a two-part series about Fire Chief Robert Fox’s experiences with major...

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Posted on: May 4, 2020

City Corner Column: 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan outlines long-term goals for Victoria

Maggie Bergeron

Transportation planning is often a moving target. The City’s Development Services department uses the best data available on demographics and growth trends to plan far into the future, but these goals still must be revised and updated on a regul...

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

Lessons learned from disasters, part 1: 1998 flood

1998 flood

Ashley Scott, digital media specialist for the City of Victoria

During a person’s career there are always moments that stand out. For most these may be big projects or promotions. For a firefighter, though, these times may include natural disaste...

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Posted on: April 17, 2020

City Corner Column: Communication can be used for good during public health crisis

Ashley Strevel

There’s a profound word picture in the Bible that depicts how we can become refined through trials, much like gold becomes when it is put through the fire. It’s a parallel to the process of character growth, a concept I’m sur...

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Posted on: April 9, 2020

Things you can do while you’re staying home, staying safe

Stay Home, Stay Safe

Staying at home can be frustrating if you’re not used to it, especially if it’s just one of many challenges you’re facing during the COVID-19 situation. However, following the City and County “Stay Home – ...

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Posted on: April 6, 2020

City Corner Column: Coronavirus Liaison Team seeks out problems, solutions

Portable handwashing station

The recommendation to wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds seems straightforward enough—unless you’re out on the street and don’t have ready access to soap and water.

That’s just one of the problems taken up by ...

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Posted on: March 29, 2020

Census 2020: Why it matters; Reason #4: Census will determine representation

Victoria Counts! Census 2020

They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and that includes our population.

During the last census 10 years ago, Texas’ population was clocked at 25,145,561, and the U.S. Census Bureau projects that our state grew more than 15% between the...

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Posted on: March 23, 2020

Support your community during COVID-19 situation

Joel Novosad

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Texas Governor’s Office and the White House are advising residents to avoid gatherings of 10 people or more in order to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As always, the City of Victoria...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Census 2020: Why it matters; Reason #3: Demographic data helps with retail recruitment

Victoria Counts! Census 2020

Do you want to see more shopping or restaurant options in Victoria? You can help by responding to the 2020 Census.

We’re all familiar with the excitement caused by the arrival of a favorite national retail chain in our city as well as the heartbr...

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Posted on: March 9, 2020

City Corner Column: Placido Benavides Drive helps design Victoria’s future

Julie Fulgham

Take a drive along the newly opened Placido Benavides Drive from Navarro Street to Ethel Lee Tracy Park. As you do, look around at the wide-open fields and imagine the possibilities for this blank canvas – new neighborhoods, a Class A office spa...

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Posted on: May 27, 2020

Grant funding drives big changes in Victoria Transit system

Shelter at transit stop

If you were excited to see a sleek new bus stop being installed at the Victoria College Science Center, complete with a bike rack and solar-powered lighting, then get ready to see even more upgrades at a total of 48 Victoria Transit stops across the city....

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Posted on: February 24, 2020

City Corner Column: Are you helping us to keep Victoria beautiful?

Tiffany Koenig

If you’ve driven by Navarro and the Loop this past week, you’ve probably seen City crews chipping away at the litter in the drainage ditch near IHOP, doing their part to turn our public spaces into something we can all be proud of.

The ...

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Posted on: February 10, 2020

City Corner Column: Plan 2035: Victoria’s road map to success

Jesus Garza

Since coming to Victoria, I’ve had countless conversations with elected officials, business leaders and community stakeholders who’ve shared their ideas about what’s important to them and our city. Most of them want the same ...

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Posted on: February 5, 2020

Census 2020: Why it matters; Reason #2: Accurate count helps schools get resources they need

Victoria Counts! Census 2020

If school district officials receive funding to provide lunch for 50 children, one can imagine the last thing they would want is for 250 hungry students to show up when lunchtime rolls around.

Having an accurate head count in the 2020 Census impacts more t...

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Posted on: February 5, 2020

City Corner Column: Victoria Sales Tax Development Corporation: Promises made, promises kept

Gilbert Reyna

The clothes you just bought are helping to pay for road repairs, recreational facilities and a wide variety of other projects that help make Victoria a better place to live and work.

On Jan. 27, the Victoria Sales Tax Development Corporation will gather fo...

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Posted on: February 5, 2020

Census 2020: Why it matters; Reason #1: The 2020 Census determines federal funding

Victoria Counts! Census 2020

The 2020 Census is right around the corner, and with it comes an opportunity for Victoria to show the federal government just how much our city has grown. Maybe you already know that the census is used to gather data for representation and other purposes,...

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