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 and large businesses, Nacogdoches has more than 20 companies with 100 or more employees, two of which have more than 1,500 employees.
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.
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.
Over the past two years, Nacogdoches County has seen job growth, with nearly 750 jobs added at leading employers. In addition, more than $80 million in capital has been invested in businesses since 2012, spurring considerable activity and economic development opportunities.
Businesses benefit from a well-trained workforce in the area. With over 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. Thirty percent of all city residents and 30 percent of all county residents have bachelor’s degrees 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 (Nac EDC) works to bring new businesses and industries to the area and to help existing local businesses grow and prosper. In addition, Nac EDC 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.