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Brimming with gusto. With its history of long- established employers and new businesses, Taylor is a place where businesses can grow, succeed and endure. The City’s diverse economy is driven by light manufacturers, strong governmental entities, healthcare services, agriculture and a variety of local services. Conveniently located just northeast of the Austin area, Taylor offers a full range of attractions and incentives for businesses, new residents and tourists alike.

The City of Taylor, Taylor Economic Development Corporation (TEDC), Taylor Chamber of Commerce and Taylor Community Network (TaylorCNET) are all available and ready to serve local business needs.

TaylorCNET uses the citywide broadband network to provide high quality video-conferencing so local businesses can communicate with businesses at the regional, national and international level. Taylor also offers community-wide high-speed broadband Internet access with multiple access points, free of charge.

The TEDC attracts investors by serving primary employers that are considering expansion or relocation to Taylor. Since 1994, the TEDC has assisted dozens of start-up, relocation and/or expansion projects in manufacturing and knowledge-based jobs. The city is also stimulating the local economy by providing resources for small businesses. Entrepreneurs and small business owners can download a Business Owner’s Toolkit from www.tayloredc.org for a wealth of information about how to establish and grow new businesses in Taylor, making the local economy as zesty as its ambiance.

Industry Big thinkers, long-term commitments. Already home to progressive thinkers open to future opportunities, Taylor looks for companies that don’t drift, they set their own course. Taylor welcomes companies that have potential and plan to grow with our community.

Taylor’s economy was established in the late 1800s by the agriculture and railroad industries, both of which are still prevalent today. Taylor’s economy is based on a diverse set of businesses, such as agribusiness, light manufacturing and advanced technologies. Taylor’s largest employer, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), employs more than 600 people and manages the flow of electric power for 85 percent of the state’s electric load while making daily financial settlements for the competitive wholesale bulk-power market.

Other major industrial employers include Durcon—the world’s largest supplier of epoxy-resin surfaces; Taylor Bedding—one of the nation’s oldest mattress manufacturers; E. R. Carpenter—a national leader in bedding products; BABECO—an advanced machining and fabrication shop; and Burrows Cabinets—a custom cabinet fabrication company that dominates the markets in Central Texas. In all, more than 20 companies make up Taylor’s primary industrial base, creating more than 1,500 jobs locally, in addition to the thousands of jobs in the retail, service and tourism sectors.

Taylor actively recruits companies that add to the diversity of their local industry while providing residents with quality employment. Target industries include:

• Advanced manufacturing
• Renewable Energy/ CleanTech Products manufacturing
• Materials and Construction Products manufacturing
• Automotive suppliers
• Niche and Architectural Products manufacturing
• Data Centers and Call Centers

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