Nacogdoches has a diverse and thriving economy that takes advantage of its dynamic workforce and abundant natural resources. While the bedrock of the local economy is a vibrant community of small businesses, Nacogdoches is a hospitable location for larger businesses — nearly 25 companies with 100 or more employees operate facilities in Nacogdoches.
Nacogdoches ranks No. 7 out of 254 Texas counties in agricultural production, with the poultry, cattle and timber industries having served as the foundation of the local agricultural economy for decades. In addition, manufacturing also plays a major role in our local economy, with plants producing a wide array of products such as bronze valves, electric transformers, giant wind tower flanges, plastic containers, high-efficiency vehicle engines, customized luxury motor homes, heavy-duty trailers and forklifts, poultry coops, door frames and animal food products. Education, healthcare and retail businesses complete the list of top employers in the area.
Over the past three years, Nacogdoches County has seen a net gain of nearly 1,400 new jobs, most at salaries well above the prevailing local wage rate. Recently, Cooper Power Systems, Parker Hannifin, Lee Container, and Mast Motorsports have experienced major expansions, while Select Energy Services, Exco Operating Company and EOG Resources have each opened major operating facilities in the county. In addition, Southern Power Company’s $475 million biomass power generating facility, the largest in the United States, began operations in June 2012.
Area businesses also benefit from a reliable workforce in the Nacogdoches community. With 65,000 permanent residents, including nearly 13,000 fall- and spring-term students enrolled at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches County offers a highly diversified and well-educated workforce. Thirty percent of all city residents, and 23 percent of all county residents, have graduated from college, while 13 percent of city residents and 9 percent of county residents hold advanced degrees. More than 300,000 people reside within Nacogdoches and its six neighboring counties.
Since its creation in 1996, the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO) has worked to bring new businesses and industries to the area, and to help existing local businesses grow and prosper. In addition, NEDCO offers assistance to prospective entrepreneurs in developing and refining coherent business plans.