As Texans, we are very proud of being known as the most business-friendly state in the USA. We’re especially proud of Midland for successfully courting XCOR Aerospace, Mojave, California, to establish a new commercial spaceflight R&D Center Headquarters at what will soon be a spaceport.
The video gives you a pretty good idea of why Texas is thriving and California is dying. Texas survived the recession and prolonged recovery because of the strength of the state’s multi-industry economy. XCOR Aerospace is only one of many companies interested in a supportive state government instead of a punitive government of business-adverse politicians.
Texas has won the top spot for the most business-friendly state. Again. Again.
According to CNBC’s Scott Cohn, “The Lone Star State makes a triumphant return as America’s Top State for Business – its third time at the top of our rankings. . . Texas has never finished below second place since we began the study in 2007.” Link to full article
Winnsboro has the welcome mat out for California business owners.
Winnsboro is a thriving small town with a population of 3,500 people in the Northeast corner of Texas. The trade area is roughly 12,000. Although much smaller than Midland, or other larger cities in the state, Winnsboro has a number of unique attributes that are attractive to small and mid-sized businesses.
For businesses (and their owners), the prospect of relocating the company and living in the Piney Woods of East Texas is often exciting to over-stressed urban dwellers. Fresh country air and no smog is a side benefit for anyone who currently lives in an ozone haze many days of the year.
The 0% personal state income tax all Texans enjoy is among the main reasons people in high taxing states are gravitating to the Lone Star State.
Beyond that. . .
- The Winnsboro Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has a number of incentives that are attractive to business owners. For one, the city owns over 100 acres of property ready to be developed for the right businesses, plus there are private commercial properties available.
- Tax incentives are among the benefits the city can provide, negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
- Winnsboro is strategically located between Dallas, Texarkana and Shreveport.
- Although we don’t have a spaceport (or plans to build one), we do have an airport within minutes of the downtown area. If you travel by private plane, having an airport close to town is a significant time saver.
- A good labor force is available and ready to work. In addition, the nearby North Texas Community College can train people for your specific requirements.
- Winnsboro already has six leading companies that serve regional, national and international markets from this quiet, rural corner of Texas.
- Winnsboro is ideally suited for food production due to the water rights negotiated with an eye to the future. Our water source is Lake Cypress Springs. The ability of the town to deliver large quantities of treated water makes it somewhat unique among Texas cities.
Winnsboro offers many amenities you might not expect to find in a town of our size. The city is very proactive in preserving and restoring the historic town, as well as promoting the arts.
- Winnsboro is a Preserve America City
- Main Street Program City
- Certified Retirement Community
- Texas Downtown Association Member City
- State of Texas designated Cultural Arts District
Winnsboro was among the first seven Texas Cultural Arts District designations awarded in 2009. Our entertainment includes art events, such as the Fine Art Market every November. Music is featured in several venues each weekend.
- Main Street has a number of restaurants, most of which have won “Best of the Upper East Side of Texas” awards from County Line Magazine.
Shopping includes art and antiques, upscale furniture, gourmet kitchen appliances, herbs, luxury cosmetics, plus women’s clothing and accessories. . . and much more. The town also has a spa that serves both women and men.
Winnsboro has a quality lifestyle.
- Winnsboro is in Wood County, which has 85 lakes, the most famous of which is Lake Fork. This is an internationally renowned lake, about 25 miles down the road, that hosts bass fishing tournaments year-round. This is a recreational haven with golfing, swimming, boating, horseback riding and more.
- The city boasts five banks, all on Main Street. Yes there’s plenty of Texas money here.
- Houses, compared to California, are very reasonably priced. The median home price in Winnsboro is $139,000. (Source: Zillow.com)
- Californians moving to Winnsboro are amazed by the prices of homes, whether they’re looking for a house in town or a luxury waterfront property on a nearby lake.
- Healthcare is readily available through local healthcare professionals and Trinity Mother Frances Hospital.
- All three schools – elementary, middle and high school – are “Recognized” by the state for academic achievement. The elementary school earned “Exemplary” status. Winnsboro is a “Friday Night Lights” kind of town, and our high school teams excel.
- Churches – both denominational and non-denominational – are prominent in town.
- Oh yes, you may be taken back in time when you hear the whistle blow as the trains rumble through our fair city. You may also be surprised when total strangers smile and wave to you.
If you want a true view of the heart and soul of Winnsboro, watch the video on the home page.
Go to the Home page click on the WEDC graphic link to learn more about doing business here. The Winnsboro Online Guide has a wealth of information to help you decide if Winnsboro could be a good match for your business, your family and employees.