Texas Ranked #1 Business Climate by U.S. Executives - Site Selection Magazine, 2017 

The AEP Texas Region

AEP Texas operates in a 97,000 square-mile service territory covering over 36% of the state of Texas. We provide electric distribution and transmission services to nearly one million electric consumers across 372 communities in the deregulated Texas marketplace and can serve as your site selection resource in our region.

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Advantages of Doing Business in Texas

Location & Infrastructure

  • 32% of the U.S. population is within one day’s truck drive
  • Within a day’s truck drive, Texas businesses can access 36% of the U.S. population
  • Texas has nine interstate highways, the most in the country.  I-10 provides coast-to-coast access from Los Angeles, California, to Jacksonville, Florida; I-20 in west Texas (splits off I-10) to Florence, South Carolina, with stops along the way at Odessa/Midland, Fort Worth, Dallas, Shreveport, Jackson, Birmingham, Atlanta, and Columbia; and I-30 from Dallas meets I-20, I-35, and I-45 to Little Rock, Arkansas
  • There are nine ports in the AEP Texas territory, five of them deep water, including Port Corpus Christi, the seventh largest port in the world by total tonnage – The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway connects ports from Brownsville to Saint Marks, Florida
  • Texas’ 46 freight railroads travel 10,425 miles of track, the most in the U.S.
  • The state has the 2nd largest state airport system in the U.S., with 380 airports and home to two of the largest airlines in the world – Southwest and American Airlines

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Business Climate

  • With no corporate income tax and no individual income tax, Texas has one of the lowest tax burdens in the country, ranking in the best 10 states in the Tax Foundation’s 2015State Business Tax IndexText_1state2
  • No property tax at the state level; state Sales and Use tax is 6.25% with exemptions
  • 54 Fortune 500 companies are located here
  • Texas is a right-to-work state
  • #1 Exporter – In 2014 Texas exported $289 billion in goods, leading the nation for the 13th year in a row
  • The Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) is one of several competitive incentive and financing programs offered by Texas – TEF is a cash grant for projects that offer significant projected job creation and capital investment and where a single Texas site is competing with an option in another state

Workforce & Education

Pie Chart of Texas's Sectors of Employment

  • Texas has more than 13 million people in the civilian labor force, the second highest in the country
  • Texas has 146 higher education institutions
  • 26.6% of people aged 25 and older have a college education or higher
  • Through a $48 million skills development fund, the Texas Workforce Commission works to develop highly skilled and productive employee
  • Worker availability in key occupations:
Table of Workers (2015)
Jobs  Average Hourly Earnings
STEM 680,296  $37.95
Engineers 149,002  $48.44
Business 620,205  $32.73
Automotive Production 338,530  $15.41
Source: EMSI 2017.2

Electric Service

  • AEP Texas is an energy delivery (wires) company, providing regulated energy delivery service to consumers, regardless of which Retail Electric Provider (REP) they choose
  • We have constant focus on keeping our power supply system strong for our customers
  • We help our customers save money and energy through:

Texas is a recognized leader in economic development.

  • #1 for Best Business Climate – Business Facilities Magazine, 2017
  • #1 for Infrastructure – CNBC Top States for Business, 2017
  • #1 for Workforce – CNBC Top States for Business, 2017
  • #1 for Economic Climate – Forbes Best States for Business, 2017
  • #1 Most Economic Development Projects Overall – Site Selection Magazine’s Governor’s Cup, 2016
  • #2 in Manufacturing (Employment) – Business Facilities Magazine, 2017
  • #2 for Best State for Business – Forbes Best States for Business, 2017
  • #2 for Growth Prospects Rank – Forbes Best States for Business, 2017
  • #3 for Business Costs – Forbes Best States for Business, 2017
  • #4 for Economic Growth Potential – Business Facilities Magazine, 2017
  • #8 in Automotive Manufacturing Strength – Business Facilities Magazine, 2017
  • #9 for Labor Supply – Forbes Best States for Business, 2017
  • #9 for Cost of Living – CNBC Top States for Business, 2017

Our key customers include:

  • Valero Energy Corporation
  • MarkWest Energy Partners
  • Lyondell Chemicals Company
  • Koch Industries, Inc.
  • Air Liquide America

The principal industries we support are:

  • Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
  • Chemical Manufacturing
  • Oil and Gas Extraction
  • Food Manufacturing
  • Pipeline Transportation

For details about bringing your business to Texas:

Contact

Bradley Lenz

Bradley Lenz

Director of Economic and Business Development

AEP Texas

361-881-5455

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Ray Covey

Ray Covey

Manager of Economic and Business Development

AEP Texas

512-391-2981

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John Longoria

John Longoria

Manager of Economic and Business Development

AEP Texas

361-881-5867

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