The Longview Economic Development Corporation offers an innovative and creative series of videos touting the features and benefits of operating a business in Longview, TX. We hope you enjoy this video series.
According to Sandra Roel Serrano local support and a good labor pool has helped family owned LaFama Foods grow from 5 to 47 people. Distribution of their flour and corn tortillas to seven states is facilitated by the close proximity to major highways. The best tortillas come from Longview, Texas!
Dr. James Wilcox, Superintendent of Longview ISD, relates how the 40 training programs at their new Career & Technology Center, along with partnerships with local industries prepares Longview's students for their future and for the global economy.
Jimmy Howell, VP of Transportation and Logistics for Neiman Marcus, relates how Longview's location on Interstate 20 and an outstanding workforce enables them to bring in and distribute merchandise across the nation.
Longview Fire Department's Fire Marshall, Johnny Zackary, explains how their well trained staff and well equipped fire stations help ensure that Longview is a safe community.
Dr. Bill Holda, President of Kilgore College, relates how the cooperation of local industry helps the college customize training. This helps Kilgore College fulfill their mission of preparing students for success in entering the workforce.
Don Dingler, Chief of Police for the City of Longview talks about the level of service that is provided to new businesses in Longview and the importance of consulting with them to ensure their safety and security needs are met.
Bret Lindig, President of Sysco East Texas shares how building their facility in such a central location as Longview was a seamless process from the permitting and planning to working with local contractors and city officials.
Watch as Kevin Cummings, Director of Development Services for the City of Longview, shares their expedient review process that begins at the concept stage of the project. As a part of Longview's proactive business climate, they make it easy to build in Longview.
Jim Kendrick, President and CEO of Longview Regional Medical Center in Longview, Texas, explains the hospital’s full service capabilities. Any type of medical service is available at Longview Regional Medical Center. He also addresses the hospital’s state of the art occupational medicine practice, the largest in the Longview region. Longview Regional's 750 employees helped the hospital get the designation of "One of 100 Best Hospitals to Work For" in the United States.
Here, David Willard, City Manager for City of Longview, Texas talks about the type of customer service that is practiced daily at the city. Values such as accountability, teamwork, integrity and professionalism are what make Longview, Texas exceptional.
Watch as Suzanne Cook, long time realtor and owner of Suzanne Cook & Company, shares how the Longview, Texas housing market remains strong and steady with housing options to meet everyone's needs. According to Suzanne, Longview is an easy sell and is sold "one yard at a time."
Mark Bogle, VP/ General Manager of Eastman Chemical relates the strategic advantages of their partnership with Longview and East Texas for over six decades. Longview's sophisticated transportation system is significant in their successful production of over 2.5 billion pounds per year of over 40 chemicals and plastics. While the company impacts over 15,000 local employees they directly employ about 2,000 people. Half of those employees are in production and maintenance, all directly from East Texas and many educated by local universities, colleges and technical schools. Eastman Chemical produces in Longview!
Keith Bonds, Director of Public Works for the City of Longview, discusses one of Longview's competitive advantages - WATER! Longview draws its water from three sources, can produce 52 mgd and uses, on average, only 16 mgd. Longview has never enacted water rationing and consistently meets or exceeds all drinking water requirements.
If water is critical to the success of your business, then locate in Longview, TX!
Brad Bunt, Director of Kilgore College Small Dusiness Development Center explains some of the resources they offer to help Small Business start up, expand and succeed.
Keith Honey, External Affairs Manager of AEP/SWEPCO and board member of the Longview Economic Development Corporation shares how SWEPCO works diligently with new and existing companies to ensure they have the electrical infrastructure needed to keep their business operating efficiently. Due to continued regulation and AEP/SWEPCO's willingness to work with industry, Longview, Texas has some of the lowest electric rates in the nation.
Steve Metcalf of Eastman Chemical and board member of the Longview Texas Economic Development Corporation (LEDCO) shares insight as to how LEDCO helps existing businesses reach their full potential for growth and prosperity through industrial business parks, spec buildings and financial assistance. These are just a few of the many services LEDCO provides to ensure Longview is a premier business location.
Ed Banos, President & CEO of Good Shepherd Health System, shares how they are doing their part for wellness and prevention and decreasing healthcare costs within the community by working with area businesses on their employee needs. Good Shepherd was also recently issued a training grant for medical personnel and nursing students.
In LEDCO's first video in the series, Dr. Dale Lunsford of LeTourneau University, briefly shares attributes of the Christian university that is consistently ranked as one of the Best Colleges by US News & World Report and calls Longview home.