September 3, 2020

TEMPLE, TEXAS (September 3, 2020) – The Temple Economic Development Corporation (Temple EDC) today announced the launch of its talent attraction brand, Meet Temple, to connect employers, employees, and individuals with relocation opportunities in Temple, Texas. Home to global headquarters and growing enterprises, Temple, Texas boasts affordable cost of living at more than 20 percent below the national average with abundant career opportunities, right in the heart of central Texas along the I-35 corridor, a short commute from Texas’ top metro areas.

“Meet Temple is designed to showcase all that Temple has to offer,” says Temple EDC President and CEO Adrian Cannady. “Corporations have long-known that Temple is the place to do business, but now we want individuals to know that opportunities are rich here. From affordable cost of living and strong earning potential, to excellent schools, healthcare, and recreation, we really have it all. Especially as people continue to seek alternatives to large urban settings, we are hopeful they will consider Temple, Texas.”

During the past five years, Temple Economic Development Corporation (Temple EDC) has garnered $595 million in corporate investments for the manufacturing and distribution hub. Temple’s diverse industry base translates to a wide range of jobs in the key industries of healthcare and life sciences, business support services, and distribution and logistics.

Living in Temple means more choices for less money for many who live in metro areas and are facing economic and lifestyle challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Temple’s quality of life and affordability offer a generous respite from rising living, housing costs and a competitive job market in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, Houston, and San Antonio. Housing prices in Temple come in at 41 percent below the national average. Temple rents range from 36 percent to 46 percent less than the rest of the U.S.

“We have seen a dramatic shift in the quality of life of those impacted both economically and personally by the pandemic, especially in dense metro areas,” says Cannady. “At the heart of central Texas, Temple offers not only a quality of life and space to grow but affordability for families and young professionals seeking opportunity.”

In recent years, Temple has been awarded numerous accolades that contribute to high quality of life for residents and workers. Among these are rankings on lists of NerdWallet’s “Best Places to Start a Business in Texas” (eight); SmartAsset’s “Best American Cities to Work in Tech” (10); Niche’s “Best Counties for Young Professionals in Texas” (16); CBS News’ “Cheapest Places to Live in the U.S.” (six); and Chief Executives “Best States for Business,” in which Texas has ranked first place for 16 consecutive years.

Temple also boasts a low cost of living – more than 20 percent below the national average. Not to mention, Texas has no personal income tax and no property tax at the state level. While costs remain low, community investments are increasing. Work on new housing, parks, bike lanes and nearly $50 million in developments is underway, upping the allure of existing neighborhoods and local arts and culture.

As Temple EDC launches the Meet Temple brand, the organization will focus on tools, resources, and events that help job seekers and employers alike find a home in Temple. On the new website,, Temple EDC offers a cost of living calculator, job search tool, and will soon feature an employer toolkit to help local human resources professionals recruit the best talent to Temple, Texas.

“We know that we have the best of both worlds,” says Cannady. “In Temple, Texas, we have rewarding careers without the grind. We work hard, but we play harder and we want everyone to know.”

To learn more about Meet Temple, visit Meet Temple is on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram @MeetTemple.

The Temple Economic Development Corporation (Temple EDC) is a nonprofit organization that serves as the designated economic development entity for the City of Temple, Texas. Temple EDC strengthens relationships, builds partnerships, and provides solutions that cause entities to choose Temple.

Temple is Central Texas’ burgeoning community where location, infrastructure and workforce converge in one of Texas’ most cost-competitive markets. Temple provides unparalleled access via I-35, combined with a highly competitive cost of living and doing business.

For companies looking to leave behind the higher costs and congestion of metros, Temple offers more “bang for your buck” from housing to operating costs and the ability to make an impact in a community on the cusp of significant growth. Home to 1,600 acres of shovel-ready land prime for development, Temple is a launchpad for companies at the crossroads of I-35 and the planned I-14, slated to run from El Paso to Georgia. Served by both Union Pacific (UP) and Burlington North Santa Fe (BNSF), Temple offers robust freight distribution infrastructure, and easy access to Austin Bergstrom International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Corporate trailblazers who choose Temple will find themselves in good company. McLane Company, Baylor Scott & White Health, Wilsonart International, McLane Group, Reynolds Consumer Products, PDI and Artco-Bell Corporation are just a few of the many industry leaders that have already established headquarters and major operations in Temple.

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