When you hear me say community is a priority to GVEC, you may assume I’m speaking of community service programs like our Powertown™ displays and Louie the Lightning Bug presentations at local schools. Maybe you think of lending GVEC port-a-cools to community events and supporting community programs through sponsorships, scholarships and grants. While these are fine examples of ways GVEC provides community support, economic development is also a key factor as we work to enhance the communities we serve.

The Guadalupe Valley Development Corporation (GVDC) was formed as a nonprofit subsidiary of GVEC in 1987 to support initiatives that drive future development. GVDC’s primary goal was to provide financial support to local public service organizations, such as rural water supply corporations for developing rural infrastructure and to establish volunteer fire departments.

GVDC also invests in industrial parks and land, as well as supports local initiatives to attract new business and encourage economic growth. This not only improves quality of life in our area, but also promotes economic health and sustainability for future generations. Some past example of this were GVDC’s assistance with the build-out of the DeWitt Industrial Park in Cuero and our partnership with the Gonzales Area Development Corporation (GADC) on the development of the GADC Industrial Park in Gonzales.

Recently, GVDC sold a 159-acre tract of land in southern Cibolo, off of IH-10 near Santa Clara Road, to Aisin AW, a large Japan-based company, which will build a state-of-the-art transmission manufacturing facility. This project will initially result in 900 new jobs to the area, as well as making this section of the IH-10 corridor more attractive for future development opportunities.

The Guadalupe Valley is a great place to live and work. It’s one of GVEC’s goals to ensure that it continues to be for generations to come. Investing in the communities of our service territory through economic growth and development is one of the ways we do this.

I’m always interested in your questions and feedback. Contact me by phone at 830.857.1152, email at dschauer@gvec.org or by mail at P.O. Box 118, Gonzales, TX, 78629.

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