Serving as the County Seat of Ector County with a population of roughly 100,000, Odessa is located in the heart of the Permian Basin. It also serves as the crucial midpoint between Fort Worth and El Paso.
Founded in 1881, the city was originally just a water stop and cattle-shipping point on the Texas and Pacific railway. Of course, that was a time when ranching was the foremost industry in Texas. With the discovery of oil in West Texas in 1926, the city made a drastic change that focused on all things petroleum.
The new oil fields needed equipment and support services. Odessa was the closest city by rail, and soon became the hub for oil service, transportation, supply, and manufacturing. Today, we have diversified significantly, but we’re still considered one the major oil field technology centers in the world.
Ever since, and for nearly a century now, we’ve been on the right side of history. Our legendary culture and citizenry make Odessa a prime location for businesses and families to thrive for years to come.
As the largest single source of oil and gas deposits in the United States, Odessa has long been known for its rich resources. In addition, new businesses have come to the city that have helped diversify the economy as well as reinforce the quality of life standards. Odessa proudly boasts world-class cultural and recreational facilities as well as healthcare and transportation often associated with larger cities.
Lucrative financial incentives, site selection, logistics, qualified workforce, easy access to foreign markets, low cost-of-living and our greatest resource, our people, make it easy to do business here. Odessa has always been right for business. Come discover how our resources can go to work for you.
Odessa has always had plenty to be proud of, but the people are what make it great. Real, everyday folks are the lifeblood that give Odessa its resourceful spirit.
Odessa is a community with a spirit of growth that is committed to making your business successful.
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