For the seventh consecutive edition, Texas is the highest-ranked state in Development Counsellors International’s “Winning Strategies in Economic Development Marketing” survey of U.S. corporate executives. In 2018, Texas also ranked No. 1 on Chief Executive Magazine’s best states for business list for the 14th year in a row. Maybe that explains why Texas is home to 48 Fortune 500 companies, including ExxonMobil, AT&T and Kimberly-Clark.
In Entergy’s Texas service area, the existing industry base comprises top Fortune 500 companies, including ExxonMobil, Valero Energy, Anadarko Petroleum, Chevron, Huntsman, McKesson, Halliburton, Goodyear and DowDuPont. Fortune Global 500 companies include Total and BASF, among others.
Engineering firms also have a strong presence: CB&I (The Woodlands) and Richard Design Services (Beaumont).
Top infrastructure assets of the Entergy service area include:
I-10, I-45, Grand Parkway extension
Three deepwater ports: Beaumont, Orange and Port Arthur
Rail and oil and natural gas pipelines
Very close proximity to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and the Port of Houston
The Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the greater Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community college systems in Texas.