Welcome to Fort Stockton, Texas
There's so much going on in Fort Stockton!
The Energy Industry represents the largest sector of the area’s economy. Long reliant on the area’s Oil and Gas Industry as the primary driver of the region’s economy, the Fort Stockton Economic Development Corporation has concentrated its efforts on expanding its energy base and diversifying the local economy. With energy as its primary focus, the FSEDC is working to support, increase and diversify 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 diversify this energy base through the expansion and recruitment of renewable energy projects and new energy related technology.
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 to the economy for generations with the area housing some of the state’s largest cattle ranches. Crops produced near Fort Stockton include alfalfa, peppers, and cotton. Texas’s 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 known; “Pecos Cantaloupe” are raised northwest of Fort Stockton in the small community of Coyanosa.
Fort Stockton is continually expanding its retail market, as the community services the Trans-Pecos and Big Bend Region of Texas, and area larger than many states. Pecos County alone is over 5,000 square miles and is larger than Rhode Island. This demand for goods has led to the recent completion of a Wal-Mart Super Center and several national chains locating in Fort Stockton. It also provides local entrepreneurs with the opportunity to establish successful retail and specialty stores. 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 health care 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.
Located on I-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 housed 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 Complex, Midland College’s Williams Regional Training Center.