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About Us

The Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) Board represents all of Matagorda County. It is comprised of 11 appointed members, which represent five public funding entities – Matagorda County, Bay City Community Development, Palacios Economic Development, Matagorda County Navigation District #1, the Port of Bay City Authority, and the four Chambers of Commerce from Bay City, Matagorda, Palacios, and Sargent. All Board directives are implemented by an Executive Director and a Director of Communications.

The MCEDC is focused on growing Matagorda County through the recruitment of new industries, commercial businesses, tourism infrastructure, and the expansion of existing businesses. It seeks to expand our agriculture and aquaculture sectors through new crops, value-added opportunities, and recruiting local supplier and processing businesses.

MCEDC Board of Directors & Staff

County Judge Nate McDonald

County Judge Nate McDonald

President

Matagorda County Commissioners Court

County Judge Nate McDonald

Robert Van Borssum

Vice President

Palacios Economic Development

Mitch Thames

Mitch Thames

Secretary

Bay City Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture

George Harrison

George Harrison

Treasurer

Port of Bay City Authority

Teri Treadway

Teri Treadway

Matagorda Area Chamber of Commerce

Teri Treadway

Ray Fessenden

Sargent Chamber of Commerce

Stuart Lynn

Stuart Lynn

Palacios Economic Development

Councilman Jason Childers

Councilman Jason Childers

Bay City Community Development

Councilman Jason Childers

Robert Knox

Bay City Community Development

Victor Martinez, Jr.

Victor Martinez, Jr.

Matagorda County Navigation District #1

Victor Martinez, Jr.

David King

Palacios Chamber of Commerce

Michael Ferdinand

Michael Ferdinand

Executive Director

Michael Ferdinand

Heather M. Case

Director of Communication

Areas of Economic Potential

MCEDC uses the county’s assets to promote economic development. Its goal is to diversify the county’s economy by creating an Energy Cluster that builds on our existing agricultural, chemical, and power production assets.

Our energy assets include:

  • The South Texas Project nuclear plant and other renewable technology opportunities
  • Peyton Creek Wind Farm (180 MW)
  • North American headquarters of Tenaris steel pipe manufacturer
  • Renewable energy crops for power and fuel production
  • Multiple oil and gas lines
  • Rail service by two providers
  • Commercial barge service on the Intracoastal Waterway and Colorado River Channel
  • A high capacity transmission grid
  • Air quality attainment
  • Surface, ground and brackish water supplies
  • Large amounts of open land with opportunities for various types of conventional, alternative, and green energy processes

We are poised for growth. Come! Join us in making it happen.