Temple’s location, within 180 miles of a population of 19 million, makes it a central location within the southwest U.S. marketplace. The economic stability is based on the diversity of its economic base with no single industry dominating the market. Five targets have been identified based on the highest probability of sustained success for building a stronger economy.

Advanced Manufacturing

With a qualified workforce, availability of land, and pro-business attitude, Temple is a good location for advanced manufacturing operations, particularly those related to transportation equipment. Texas has a cluster of transportation equipment manufacturers concentrated along the I-35 corridor. The central location of Texas in general and Temple in particular offers manufacturers access to over 175 million people in 900-mile radius. Temple’s location is also far enough from other vehicle manufacturers in the state to not compete for labor but close enough to share suppliers.
Fabricated Metal
Computer & Electronic Products
Electrical Equipment
Transportation Equipment
Miscellaneous Manufacturing

Distribution & Logistics

Temple is a prime location for distribution and logistics companies, with its access to IH-35, 2-hour drive of 35 million people living in the Texas Triangle, and close proximity to major consumer markets. Temple is targeting companies that provide warehousing and light assembly for other companies located in Texas, such as transportation equipment and electronics. Perishable items such as food and other products that need close proximity to their customers, such as healthcare supplies, are also good targets for Temple.


Warehousing | Light Assembly | Transportation Equipment | Electronics | Perishable Items | Healthcare Supplies
Temple location in Texas

Health & Life Sciences

Temple is a hub of health and life sciences for Central Texas. The healthcare and R&D activities at Scott & White mean that Temple is home to an uncommonly high concentration of PhDs and MDs, as well as world-class spin-off research.

Temple not only has large healthcare providers locally, it has three medical schools and over 10 major healthcare systems located within 150 miles. Included in these are three veteran health care systems and the Brooke Army Medical Center. In addition, Temple has developed a comprehensive medical education cluster that includes Texas A&M University and Temple College, as well as a state-of-the-art clinical simulation center. The Bioscience Institute provides students with access to state-of-the-art medical education classes and facilities. The institutes provide specialized research capabilities focused on cardiovascular, cancer, and regenerative medicine.

Medical Schools

Major Healthcare Systems

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Aviation & MRO

The Draughon-Miller Central Texas Airport offers an ideal location between large metropolitan areas of Texas and is adjacent to Fort Hood. Temple is within 175 miles of four airports that serve as commercial airlines hubs (DFW, LUV, IAH, and HOU), making Temple a convenient location for MRO operations. Fort Hood provides both in terms of defense contracting and workforce. Draughon-Miller Airport has a 7,000-foot runway allowing the airport to accommodate turbojet powered airplanes. In addition, the 400-acre industrial park adjacent to the airport, with 48 acres of shovel-ready sites, strengthens the value proposition further.
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Security & Intelligence

Proximity to Fort Hood makes Temple a prime location for security and intelligence companies. Fort Hood is home to a number of intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR), electronic warfare (EW), counter improvised explosive device (CIED), and biometric (BM) industries. The workforce to support this sector can be found in the region. McLane Advance Technologies’ success in Temple gives an example of Temple’s strength in this sector.
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