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About Wharton, Texas EDC

Extensive experience. Dedicated engagement.

For the Wharton EDC (WEDC), success always comes full circle, by design and by desire. As an organization, the WEDC is committed to Wharton’s overall and long-term prosperity, a mission that requires far more than recruitment. As a Type B economic development corporation, the WEDC has the structure to operate with unique effectiveness in maintaining a “virtuous circle” that includes recruiting new business and industry, supporting industrial success and creating a community environment that helps business and people to flourish together. 

In recent developments, the WEDC has taken a leadership position in facilitating

  • Critical infrastructure projects such as the $700 million cutting-edge upgrade of Exelon Generation’s Colorado River power plant that brought an additional 1,000 MW of clean, affordable power to the area, and the Lower Colorado River Authority’s $255 million off-channel construction project that will generate 117 million gallons of fresh water for industrial and residential consumption.
  • Business expansions and openings, including the Nan Ya Plastics Corporation’s expansion and the opening of INFRA Technology’s new gas-to-liquid plant that will make energy safer and more affordable.

A director who speaks your language. Joshua Owens is the Executive Director of the Wharton Economic Development Corporation. Josh knows the value of economic development in fostering a high quality-of-life and economic opportunities for the citizenry of Wharton. He was drawn to Wharton by its community spirit and small-town values. Josh has worked in economic development since 2013 as the economic development planner and the chief administrator for the Gulf Coast Economic Development District. During his time with the Gulf Coast Economic Development District, the regional economic development planning organization, he had the opportunity to work with the City of Wharton and Wharton Economic Development Corporation on a number of economic development initiatives, including Opportunity Zones, industrial development, and disaster recovery. Josh holds a professional certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners, along with a Basic Economic Developers Certificate from the Texas Economic Development Council. Josh holds dual bachelor’s degrees from Pepperdine University, and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Polytechnic University (Virginia Tech). His previous professional experience also includes work with the U.S. Green Building Council, Enterprise Community Partners, and serving as a community development volunteer with Peace Corps Paraguay.

The WEDC board provides a deep bench of business experience, supporting the WEDC mission with knowledge, values and diverse viewpoints. The WEDC’s community integration and leadership is also an asset that yields important flexibility and agility in action.

Experienced, engaged and with an array of incentives at its disposal, the WEDC has the tools and the desire to help business and industry achieve powerful success and a prosperous future.

Wharton EDC Newsletter | January 2021

Jan. 25, 2021 - The second volume of the Wharton Economic Development Newsletter is here! Learn about national and local funding opportunities,...  READ MORE

Wharton EDC Newsletter | November 2020

Nov. 23, 2020 - On November 18, 2020, Wharton EDC released the first edition of the Wharton Economic Development Newsletter. Wharton Economic Development Corporation...  READ MORE

Connected Nation’s Broadband Survey Could Bring Better Internet Coverage to Wharton County

Oct. 21, 2020 - Wharton Economic Development is working to understand Wharton County's internet coverage needs to inform an action plan....  READ MORE


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