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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. And 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. WEDC Director Chad Odom came to his position in early 2017, bringing a global outlook and experience that included service in communications for GE Money in India and for Siemens and Verizon’s South American operations in Colombia. He also served as manager for 1st Stop for International Business Services at the World Trade Center of New Orleans, working closely with the U.S. Department of Commerce to bring foreign direct investment to bear on recovery efforts after Katrina. Chad’s academic background is equally extensive, with a B.S. in Urban Studies and Regional Planning with an emphasis in international economic development from the University of New Orleans, as well as certificates in language training from Cambridge University and project management from Villanova University. He is also a Development Finance Certified Professional.

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.

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