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Upper East Texas Region

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General Population

2.9 million – 4 percent of the state’s total population. This is an increase of 4.1 percent (more than 45,000 people) since the 2010 Census. An estimated 20 percent of the region’s population is concentrated in the Tyler MSA, which also represents slightly less than 1 percent of the state’s population.

Key Features / Landmarks

Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society

World Famous First Mondy Trade Days

East Texas Oil Musem

Texas Country Music Hall of Fame

Southwest Dairy Museum and Learning Center

Red River Army Depot

Wonderland of Lights

10 State Parks

Key Industries

Top 10 Industries by Location Quotient

Support Activities for Mining

Pipeline Transportation

Oil and Gas Extraction

Wood Product Manufacturing

Forestry and Logging

Paper Manufacturing

Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing

Animal Production and Aquaculture

Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction

Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing

Key Benefits


East Texas Baptist University
Jarvis Christian College
LeTourneau University
Texas A&M University – Texarkana
Texas College
The University of Texas at Tyler
Wiley College

Junior & Community Colleges

Jacksonville College
Kilgore College
Northeast Texas Community College
Panola College
Paris Junior College
Texarkana College
Texas State Technical College – Marshall
Trinity Valley Community College
Tyler Junior College

Health Science Schools

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler





East Texas Reginal Airport

Texarkana Regional Airport

Tyler Pounds Regional Airport

Moving A Company To Texas

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Area Overview

The Upper East region includes three metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs): the Longview MSA, the Texarkana MSA, and the Tyler MSA. The economic core of the Upper East region is the city of Tyler (Smith County). The region is home to massive industrial sites, cutting-edge biomedical research parks, and a highly-skilled workforce. The region offers business advantages for manufacturing and distribution operations with a robust interstate infrastructure that provides access to Mexico and Canada, as well as East and West Coast destinations. Several Class 1 Rail Operators have major nodes in the region, providing access to key ports and distribution centers.

How We Help

We know Texas!

For more than 30 years our team members have helped companies expand or relocate to Texas. Either through regional groups or individual cities in Texas, our team members have spent their careers helping businesses move to and grow in Texas. Now we have come together on behalf of our partners to help you connect with a Texas community best suited to help you grow your business. We’ll take the time to get to know you and your project and then we’ll help you find the communities that could be a good fit for you and your business.

Texas is calling and it's time to heat up the bricks

Let our team get to know you and help guide you on your move or expansion into Texas. Register your project today with our team and let your trail drive to Texas begin.

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