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Palestine Texas Means Business
12-Sep-2014

Palestine, Texas Means Business

More than 1,300 New Jobs, New Transload Services, and High Quality of Life

With the recent addition of new anchor businesses, short-line rail and turn-key transload services, and a recognized thriving culture, the Palestine and Anderson County area is a prime location for businesses and families.

“Palestine and Anderson County have been successful in attracting new businesses and helping develop the resources necessary to grow and expand existing businesses,” said Odell Magee, Palestine Economic Development Corporation president. “We are excited about the economic activity and the growth and opportunity it creates for our community and our future.”

Highlights of recent business development and expansion include:

        Sanderson Farms major expansion initiative, creating approximately 1,350 new jobs and $265 million in capital investment

        Reinstatement of short-haul freight and turnkey transload services at the Texas State Railroad

        Millions of gallons per day of surplus water available for businesses and residents

        352-acre business park with shovel-ready build to suit sites

        New real estate search and business ombudsman services offered through Palestine Economic Development Corporation

        Successful joint city-county property tax abatement program

        Recognized by Texas Highways magazine as one of the top locations for travel and visitors

“A primary focus of the city, county, and community at-large is to increase the number of jobs and economic activity,” Anderson County Judge Robert Johnston said. "Our location along major transportation corridors and to some of the fastest growing population centers means great growth potential."

“After doing our due diligence, we determined the location of Palestine would open new opportunities for Sanderson Farms and provide more access to our targeted markets,” said Pic Billingsley, with Sanderson Farms.

Identifying the benefits of locating in Anderson County, Billingsley continued, “Palestine also scored very high on the critical points, like transportation, affordability and qualified workforce, we evaluate before building a new complex,”

Palestine is focused on growing four major industry clusters, including healthcare services, energy and renewable energy services, transportation and logistics and retail and tourism. For more information about locating or growing your business in Palestine, Texas, contact the Palestine Economic Development Corporation at (877) 729-4100 or palestinetexas.net.