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The Amarillo Advantage

Not only is the Texas Panhandle abundant with wind as an energy source and access to the recenly completed CREZ transmision lines, but Amarillo has the support structure necessary for companies producing renewable components to prosper. 

Transportation 

Amarillo, Texas is positioned mid-continent with easy access from California all the way to North Carolina, as Interstate 40 runs east and west. Interstate 27 is the thoroughfare to the north and south and with the vision of the Ports-To-Plains initiative, a direct route from Mexico to Canada will be built through Amarillo.

Two mainlines of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway intersect at Amarillo, and provide direct service to Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver, Phoenix, Kansas City, Dallas, Seattle, Vancouver, Memphis, St. Louis and Pensacola. These mainlines also terminate at the ports of Houston, San Diego and Galveston. The rail line operates a large intermodal facility in Amarillo that handles about 30,000 containers and trailers each year. The Union Pacific-Southern Pacific railroad also has rights to use BNSF tracks in the Amarillo area.

Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport is conveniently located on the east side of town and is accessible from anywhere in town by 15 minutes. Air service is provided by American Eagle, Southwest, Continental Express, and Great Lakes Aviation. Over 60 flights arrive or depart daily. Traveling to any foreign country is a short connecting flight away.

Foreign Trade Zone No. 252 was established on August 28, 2001. This benefits local companies conducting business internationally and allows import/export activity more expediently and at a reduced expense.

Center Point Business Park

The Amarillo EDC is currently developing CenterPort Business Park, a 440-acre, master-planned and rail-served distribution/industrial park. CenterPort is fully served with municipal utilities as well as rail with service from BNSF Railway. CenterPort also offers a superb

 location adjacent to Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport with direct access to Interstate 40 (3 miles) and Interstate 27 (8 miles) via State Loop 335, a six-lane arterial. Land in CenterPort has been valued in excess of $20,000 per acre and is conveyable. 

Sites are available for projects that fall within the intended use of the overall development, and may be provided at no cost or reduced cost depending upon the specifics of the project. The Pacific Cheese and Alstom facilities are the latest development activities. 
 

Financial Services

The Amarillo EDC has the ability to structure incentive packages to provide the best advantage to grow a company in the Texas Panhandle. Incentives may include but are not limited to cash grants, the purchase of land or buildings, infrastructure development, site development and build-to-suit options. 

Additionally, the Amarillo EDC Financial Services division provides financing and consulting services to qualified area businesses in an effort to enhance the local economic environment and encourage development in the region. The Financial Services division provides various financing products and services in part through its relationship with the Texas Panhandle Regional Development Corporation (TPRDC).  For additional information, please contact the TPRDC at (806) 379-6411or (800) 333-7892.

Workforce

Amarillo has a large manufacturing base in companies such as Owens Corning, Bell Helicopter and Amarillo Gear. The raw materials for the production of blades already exist here in Amarillo. Owens Corning produces spun fiberglass threads used in the composites of wind turbine blade manufacturing.  With an abundance of machining, electrical and welding operations as well as many other unique manufacturers, the labor force is skilled and easily trainable to a myriad of industries.  


Texas Panhandle Regional Labor Availability

Welders

29,935

Electricians

1,017

Grinders

27,565

Riveters

23,754

Team Assemblers

8,555

First-Line Supervisors

8,085

CNC Operators

14,774

Lathe Operators

15,782

Metal Fabricators

4,891

2004 Employment figures are taken from the Texas Workforce Commission

Amarillo College is the Texas Panhandle’s primary provider of workforce training, and it serves area business and industry well by developing programs to meet their specific needs.  For example, in 1998 Bell Helicopter Textron chose to locate their V-22 Osprey Aircraft Assembly Center in Amarillo.  Amarillo College took a lead role in forming the Bell Employee Training Alliance (BETA), a consortium of organizations brought together to provies to exceed expectations year after year.de Bell with a ready supply of fully trained workers for years to come. This program continuue.

Amarillo is home to West Texas A&M University where approximately 1,230 people receive degrees each year, and more than 260 of those are master's degrees. Texas Tech School of Engineering also has a presence in Amarillo.