It’s On - Living in Southeast Texas

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$54 Billion Strong and Growing

With $54 billion in CURRENT projects and long-term investments, the Beaumont - Port Arthur - Orange market is in a position of power unlike any other in Texas. Multiple industrial expansions are spurring remarkable growth in all areas of commerce.
And the best is yet to come.

For a proven, supportive infrastructure with international reach and direct economic impact — IT'S ON in Southeast Texas.

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It's On in Southeast Texas


With the biggest names in oil and gas investing in production right here, the future is stacked with more supply and more demand for jobs.

Higher production means more employment in many areas such as:

  • New Projects of $1 Billion; Estimating 2,000 New Construction Jobs* — Energy Transfer
  • 3rd Crude Distillation Unit to Increase to 600K Barrels/Day — ExxonMobil
  • $10 Billion Liquefaction Project, Exporting LNG Gas — Golden Pass LNG
  • $10 Billion LNG Liquefaction Terminal — Port Arthur LNG
  • Est. $8 - $10 Billion in Integrating Petrochemicals to Largest Refinery in North America — Motiva w/ Honeywell UOP & Technip FMC
  • $1.7 Billion Steamcracker — Total Refinery
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Unlike many markets, the Golden Triangle has experienced a certain degree of economic protection from drastic fluctuations in the national economy. The supportive infrastructure surrounding the giants of oil and gas is key to this success.

With the multitude of engineering firms, fabrication shops, contractors, industrial supply manufacturers, and large equipment distributors positioned throughout the communities, Southeast Texas is built for production. The foundational spirit of support is evident in commercial employment and small business as well. Wholesale, retail, service industries, real estate, education, and financial instituions thrive in this economic position.

“So much is coming, but it’s not just the potential. It’s here, and it’s on NOW,” says, Jim Rich, Executive Director of Southeast Texas Economic Development Foundation.

“Just a quick drive through Southeast Texas, the construction of hotels says a lot. The need for skilled workforce is bringing workers with families from all over. That means hotels, restaurants, real estate, growth in’s more than just a jolt to our economy. It’s long-term growth.


The tools and rewards of success all live here in Southeast Texas.

The environment, the location, and the cultural connections have provided foundational elements of economic power for generations.

Diverse clientele, rich natural resources, and cultural influences fill the market with opportunities for incremental growth.

Transportation by rail, waterways, pipelines, air, and major US highways give the unique, powerful ability to import and export globally. With the large storage availability and room to grow, logistics make the area attractive to international distributors and suppliers.

Jefferson Energy in Orange County, for example, receives crude by rail from one of the most prolific production basins in North America. Jefferson delivers high quality crude to refineries throughout the Gulf Coast. Jefferson also exports refined products to Mexico and ethanol to international markets for clean fuel.

International companies invest their futures in Beaumont - Port Arthur - Orange. Countries like Saudi Arabia, Germany, The Netherlands, Qatar, France, and Canada are all represented with world-class facilities.

Global energy starts here in the Golden Triangle.

Now is a strategic time to relocate, add, or expand your business to Southeast Texas.
Learn more about corporate incentives, small business loans, and key contacts for your future.

Position of Power

Environment | Location | Innovation | Education | Production

There’s a world of ability and opportunity that puts Southeast Texas in a position of power.

Premier Waterways

Two of the nation’s busiest5 ports (Beaumont & Port Arthur) make SETX a strategic center for businesses all across the world. The Sabine and Neches Rivers feed into the Gulf of Mexico allowing for streamlined execution and distribution.

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Mission-Critical Logistics

Logistics play a vital role in global commerce for Orange, Jefferson, Hardin, Newton, and Chambers counties. Along with pipelines and major US highways, railroads throughout SETX transport mission-critical products far and wide.

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Cultural and Commercial Success

SETX is home to art, culture, sports and outdoors, and entrepreneurial spirit. The area continues to produce renowed athletes and artists, chart-topping musicians, national businesses, and inspiring start-ups.

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The Southeast Texas Economic Development Foundation is designed to inform, educate, and assist individuals and organizations from out of market looking to move business or expand operations to our community.

Our team is here to guide you through exploration to execution—from SBA loans to real estate opportunities to economic incentives.

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“Beaumont continues to grow, reaching its highest population in its 180 year history! Consider working, living and playing in Beaumont...the Gateway to Texas!”

Chris Boone
City of Beaumont, Planning & Community Development Director

“…it's really the Petro/Chem Mecca of the Lone Star State. The richest little place ever. You don't know TEXAS until you've experienced Southeast Texas! With billion dollar expansions, Southeast Texas has proven sustainability, development, and retention!”

RaNoda Lee
Port Arthur Economic Development Corp., Marketing Manager

“At peak construction, NatGasoline created about 2,000 jobs. And the facility will host approximately 100 permanent jobs. The plant is expected to produce 1.75 million metric tons/year in methanol.

Trey Fielder
NatGasoline LLC, Chief Operating Officer

Be a Part of the Growth

Energy is both a literal and figurative force in Southeast Texas.

The oil boom of Spindletop set the course for the area and the 20th Century, but now we’re seeing a new era unlike ever before in economic momentum that will shape the future with broad, international reach.

The success has just begun, so now’s your time to be a part of the rise.

If you’re interested in learning more of the Beaumont - Port Arthur - Orange market and the bright economic future, please fill out our form.

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