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 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.
In the last year, over $35 million in capital has been invested in businesses, spurring considerable activity and economic development opportunities.
Stephen F. Austin State University has an enormous part in the success of Nacogdoches. In the 2015-2016 school year, SFA had a total impact of $335 million on the Nacogdoches economy.
Businesses benefit from a well-trained workforce in the area. With more than 65,000 county residents, including nearly 13,000 students enrolled at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches County offers a highly diverse and well-educated workforce. Over 25 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.