With a combination of large businesses and a vibrant downtown shopping center, Nacogdoches boasts a thriving economy with room and resources to grow. The workforce is a dynamic compilation of college graduates, skilled laborers, and dedicated citizens. Nacogdoches is home to businesses of all sizes, but more than 30 have 100 or more employees. Two of the largest companies have more than 1,500 employees each.
Nacogdoches continues to rank in the top Texas counties in agricultural production, with the poultry, cattle and timber industries having served at the foundation of the local agricultural economy for decades.
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 flanges, plastic containers, high-efficiency vehicle engines, customized luxury motor homes, heavy-duty trailers, poultry coops and animal food products. Education, healthcare and retail businesses complete the list of top employers in the area.
With the development of NacSpace, an all-in-one digital service center, as well as some of the fastest internet speeds in the country, Nacogdoches is poised to be a place for tech sector companies and employees to escape the traffic and high costs of metro areas. Stephen F. Austin State University plays an enormous part in the success of Nacogdoches. Regular upgrades to the university campus demonstrate a commitment to lasting growth. In 2018, a $46.4 million investment resulted in a new STEM building, adding classrooms, labs, collaborative makerspaces, and a state-of-the-art planetarium to the education and training infrastructure.
Businesses benefit from a well-trained workforce in the area. With over 65,000 county residents, including more than 13,000 students enrolled at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches County offers a highly diverse and well-educated workforce. Over 30% percent of all county residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher. More than 315,000 people reside within Nacogdoches and its five neighboring counties, and the median age within a 60-mile radius is 37.4 years.
Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO) works to bring new businesses and industries to the area and to help existing local businesses grow and prosper. In addition, NEDCO works with the Small Business Development Center at Angelina College to offer assistance to prospective entrepreneurs in developing and refining successful business plans. For more information, visit nedco.org.