Stafford Ranked Third Best Place to Start a Business in Texas

Stafford has been ranked the third best place to start a business in the state out of 220 places researched by NerdWallet, a consumer financial site. The ranking is based on data from the United States Census Bureau that analyzed places with populations of over 10,000 people.

“Our goal has always been to make Stafford a compelling place to start a business,” said Stafford Mayor Leonard Scarcella. “It began when we eliminated property taxes for residents and business owners in 1995, and the city hasn’t looked back since. Our approach of minimizing the barriers to starting a business and accommodating businesses as much as possible has resulted in a diverse, thriving center of commerce.”

Over 2,700 businesses are located in Stafford, which has a population of approximately 20,000 and a daytime commuting workforce of 27,000. It boasts a range of industries that require a skilled workforce, including manufacturing, oil field construction, professional services, financial services, educational services and health care. Companies headquartered in Stafford include Seamar Divers, a subsea construction and inspection company, and General Technologies Inc., an equipment manufacturer. Additionally, Stafford is the home to 30 oil field manufacturing companies, which have come because of the Freeport Tax Exemption offered, and the recently located Imperial Linen Services.

“Fort Bend County continues to demonstrate why it is a fantastic place for businesses to thrive. Stafford flies under the radar since it is such a small city, but it is clearly punching above its weight as a business heavy hitter,” said Jeff Wiley, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council.

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