Nacogdoches County economy sees economic boom, experts say

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POSTED: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 6:22pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 6:44pm

NACOGDOCHES - For the people of Nacogdoches County, it's business as usual and, while it may not look like things are changing, behind the scenes this county is growing in a big way.

"Matter of fact in our business we probably deal with 40 to 50 percent new people coming to town."

Ed Pool works in real estate in Nacogdoches County, he says the migration to the area is no surprise.

"The beauty of our economy here is that we have such a multi-facetted industrial business base that not one thing is bringing them but several."

And it's not hard to see the truth in that. One reason folks might move to the area is a new multi-million dollar bio-mass plant which is set to open next year bringing with it jobs, and money, lots and lots of money.

Ron Ray, the plants manager, tells KETK, "We're going to put about 8-million dollars a year into the local economy. Then there's the fuel component we will purchase 1.1 million tons of fuel annually."

But it's not just business. Another big boom the county is seeing is of course the nearly 12,000 student, Stephen F. Austin University.

"We've recently received some record enrollments and of course the more students there are, the more economic activity they bring."

For Bill King, who works for the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation, these factors as well, as the pro-business environment of the state means the county is hoping to change things in the area for the better.

"We want to also grow the living standard and quality of life in Nacogdoches."

And if what's already happening in the area with new jobs, and new people, it looks like the Nacogdoches County economy could be booming for years to come.

 

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