Get to know Fort Stockton...
The Energy Industry
The energy industry represents the largest sector of the area’s economy. Fort Stockton has long been reliant on the area’s oil and gas industry as the primary driver of the region’s economy. With energy as its primary focus, the FSEDC is working to support, increase and diversity the existing carbon-based industry by growing the support services necessary for production in the oil and gas sector. The Corporation is simultaneously working to diversity this energy base through the expansion and recruitment of renewable energy projects and new energy related technology.
Agriculture and Beyond
Additional drivers of the local economy include agriculture, retail sales, tourism, transportation, health/governmental services, two Texas Department of Criminal Justice Correctional Institutions and light manufacturing. Ranching and farming have been staples of the economy for generations wit the area housing some of the state’s largest cattle ranches. Crops produced near Fort Stockton include alfalfa, peppers and cotton. Texas’ largest vineyard (Mesa Vineyard) is located east of Fort Stockton. West of Fort Stockton is Belding Farms, the state’s second largest pecan orchard. Nationally know “Pecos Cantaloupes” are raised northwest of Fort Stockton in the small community of Coyanosa.
A Growing Retail & Healthcare Market
Fort Stockton is continually expanding its retail market, as the community services the Trans-Pecos and Big Bend regions of Texas, an area larger than most states. Pecos County alone is over 5000 square miles and is large than Rhode Island. The demand for goods has led to the recent completion of a Wal-Mart Super Center and several other national chains. It also provides local entrepreneurs with the opportunity to establish successful retail and specialty store. Governmental services such as USDA, the Texas Forest Service and the Texas A&M System have located regional offices in Fort Stockton to service this large area. Also growing is the healthcare system in Fort Stockton. The expanding Pecos County Hospital offers multiple services – Family Care Center, Specialty Doctor’s Clinic, a Wellness Center, Dialysis Facility, Trauma Care and on site helicopter ambulance service.
A Prime Location
Located on 1-10 midway between San Antonio and El Paso, Fort Stockton’s 1,100 motel rooms offer visitors multiple options for an overnight stay. The Visitor Center, located midtown, is house in a 100-year old train depot and contains information on the City’s many historic sites, including the Old Fort grounds, the Annie Riggs Museum and the Historic Driving Tour – all vital to the community’s growing tourism industry. Other economic drivers of note include the Bridgestone Tire Test Track, the developing South Orient Railroad, Genesis Wire Manufacturing, Stockton Plaza Entertainment and Midland College’s Williams Regional Training Center.