Waco. We Do.
Greater Waco is a growing dynamic market in Central Texas with a diversified economy. In Waco, we do a lot of different work, make a variety of products and can get them easily to markets throughout North America and around the globe.
We also do the things necessary to help businesses compete. Hence, Waco We Do.
Waco is located along Interstate 35 halfway between Austin and Dallas-Fort Worth (100 miles) and midway between San Antonio and the Oklahoma border (175 miles).
Waco also is equidistant to Mexico City and Toronto. It has a unique position to meet all major Texas markets, the Port of Houston and key Mexico industrial areas. The central North American location offers access to east and west coasts in less than a 24-hour drive time.
Waco has always recognized its position in trade routes. The suspension bridge, a local monument, at the Brazos River in downtown was the first major business crossing over a major river. It was the connection point for North and South Texas for trade and travel.
That spirit stills lives as the community continually works to improve transportation infrastructure and address the booming economy of Texas.
Two major Class I railroad lines run through Waco with capacity for growth. In addition to I-35, two US highways and four major Texas highways cross in Waco.
Three airports are located in McLennan County offering a unique opportunity for air traffic and supporting a major target industry cluster of aerospace.
Waco Regional Airport is a commercial airport with daily service. Texas State Technical College Airport is an industrial airport with air cargo capabilities. McGregor Executive Airport offers excellent facilities for general aviation and corporate aircraft.
Waco also offers companies a cost competitive environment. The cost of living is below the national average making it a great place to attract talented workers. The local and state tax burden is among the lowest in the country and regulations and permitting is smooth.
Incentive programs are available to help companies get up and running as they invest capital and create jobs. Chamber staff members are there to guide companies throughout the process.
Greater Waco has 225,000 people living in the metropolitan area and 670,000 in the market region. The dynamic and productive workforce is supported by three colleges – Baylor University, Texas State Technical College Waco and McLennan Community College.
Each institution provides an array of existing and customized degree and training programs for industry. Baylor and TSTC have recently initiated research and training programs in RFID and logistics, while MCC continues to support a truck driving school.
Texas Central Park is a 3,000-acre master-planned park along I-35 that has attracted major companies with distribution and logistics operations. Leading firms such as Mars Snackfood US, Wal-Mart, Sherwin-Williams, Caterpillar, Coca-Cola, Tractor Supply and Romark Logistics see the advantages of their Waco distribution facilities.
When your goal is to get there fast, easier and more efficiently, check out Greater Waco. In Waco, that’s what We Do.