This week, Bruce Levine, International Roving Host, visits Tyler, TX, in the eastern part of that State, to speak with Tom Mullins, President and CEO of both the Tyler Economic Development Corporation and the Chamber of Commerce.
Tom explains why Tyler goes by the tag of “A Natural Beauty” and the important facts that make the Tyler region one of Texas’ fastest growing.
In this interview, Tom Mullins dispels some of the stereotypes about what Texas looks like, painting a picture of Tyler as a lush garden spot in the eastern part of that state. Tyler has been a popular tourist destination going back to the 19th century, and today it still leverages its beauty. At the same time, Tyler offers an attractive business location, equidistant from Dallas Fort Worth and Shreveport, LA to the east.
Transportation access is a key benefit to locating in Tyler, as it directly or indirectly offers, trucking, air and barge transport.
The Tyler region has gone through various phases in its business growth and today it has a particularly strong service sector, largely comprised of health care, higher education and financial institutions. Through a regional medical center, 20% of jobs are directly tied to health care, and with three significant higher ed institutions, Tyler is home to approximately 20,000 students.
The large student population generates a skilled workforce, which is now feeding into a growing technology sector led by software, telecomm and IT firms, as well as biotech companies.
Tom Mullins tells the impressive story of an Italian company, Spea, to illustrate Tyler’s place in the global business environment. He also explains how serving as the head of two complementary organizations benefits Tyler’s economy, and how Tyler leverages its location in Texas as a key benefit for business investors.
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