With a combination of large businesses and a vibrant downtown shopping center, Nacogdoches boasts a thriving and diverse economy. The workforce is a dynamic compilation of college graduates, skilled laborers and dedicated citizens. Nacogdoches prides itself in the diversity of its business sizes, where entrepreneurs of all levels can succeed.
Businesses benefit from a well-trained workforce in the area. With over 65,000 county residents, and nearly 13,000 students enrolled at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches County offers a highly diverse and well-educated workforce. More than 25% of residents hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. More than 315,000 people reside within Nacogdoches and its five neighboring counties, with a median age of 30.6 in Nacogdoches County.
Nacogdoches continues to rank in the top Texas counties in agricultural production, with the poultry, cattle and timber industries having served as the foundation of the local agricultural economy for decades. Nacogdoches County ranks 2nd out of 254 Texas counties for chicken broilers, 3rd in egg and poultry production, and 3rd in blueberry crops.
Manufacturing 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 opening of NacSpace, an all-in-one digital service center, as well as some of the fastest internet speeds in the country, Nacogdoches is 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. SFASU continues to make upgrades to the university campus, including a new athletic performance facility and several other innovative projects, demonstrating a commitment to lasting growth.
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.