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Odessa Development Corp

Scott Jones
Odessa Development Corporation
700 N Grant, Suite 200
Odessa, Texas 79761
Phone: (432) 333-7886
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Odessa is located in the Permian Basin region of West Texas. Odessa, where you'll find a friendly workforce and highly skilled professionals in all walks of life. We have outstanding medical and educational facilities, as well as economic incentives and workforce training programs, if you're expanding your business.

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Odessa-Midland CSA274,002
Ector County137,130
City of Odessa99,940
Midland County136,872
City of Midland111,147

              2010 Census





Top 20 Private Employers
Private Industry Employers Product\Service No. of Employees
Saulsbury Companies Electric & Construction 1,315
Halliburton Services Oil & Gas 1,250
Odessa Regional Medical Center                  Medical 1,090
Walmart Retail 803
Nurses Unlimited, Inc. Medical 560
Weatherford CPS Oil & Gas 536
Holloman Construction Oil Field Construction 500
Bobby Cox Companies, Inc. Retail/ Restaurants 453
Investment Corporation of America Financial 420
Family Dollar Distribution 330
Dixie Electric Electric 327
Albertson's Retail Grocery 326
Southwest Convenience Stores Retail/Service 310
HEB Retail Grocery 300
Cudd Energy Oil & Gas 277
Lithia Motors Automotive 263
Sewell Ford Motor Company Automotive 250
NOV Tuboscope Service 229
URS Flint Energy Service Co. Construction 225
Lowe's Market Place Retail Grocery 203


Major Public Employers
Govt. \ EducationalProduct \ ServiceNo. of Employees
Ector County I.S.D.Public Education3,336
Medical Center HospitalCounty Hospital1,687
City of OdessaCity Government884
Ector CountyGovernment628
Odessa CollegeEducation413
Texas Tech University Health Sciences CenterEducation/ Medical404
The University of Texas Permian BasinEducation351


Tax Rate
City of Odessa$0.52275/100 percent
Ector County$0.35637/100 percent
Farm to Market$0.00000/100 percent
Independent School District$1.13200/100 percent
Junior College$0.19478/100 percent
Hospital District$0.05208/100 percent
Utility District (west Odessa outside city limits using city water)$0.09819/100 percent
Totaling (excluding Utility District) $2.3561/100 percent


Retail Sales Tax Rate
City of Odessa1.00% 
City-Economic Development0.25% 
Hospital District/County0.75% 
State of Texas6.25% 


Location From Major Cities
El Paso274
San Antonio336


Fortunately, Odessa is big enough to demand superior roadway and railway systems, yet small enough to get around in quickly. The multi-lanes of Interstate 20, State Highway 385 and the John Ben Shepperd Parkway provide quick access to industrial, commercial and residential areas in central and east Odessa. The location of the Union Pacific Railroad switch station and a proposed spur that will run throughout the Parkway Industrial Park complex makes shipping raw materials and finished goods in and out of town a breeze.Odessa also offers the quintuple Freeport Exemption for all taxing entities on goods in transit. 

With the progress of La Entrada al Pacifico-the US 385 Texas-Western Mexico Trade Route, Odessa has become the center for commerce in West Texas. In fact all roads through West Texas have led to Odessa for a long time.   




We want you here because your business is good business for Odessa. The Odessa Development Corporation (ODC) was authorized by the Development Corporation Act of Texas to collect sales tax economic development incentives. The ODC annually collects approximately $6 million per year in revenues. The ODC incentives are based on the number of new jobs created, the annual payroll and the amount of your capital investment. Possible incentives include:

Land, facilities and infrastructure 
improvement grants

Loan enhancement

Direct loans, including micro-business loan

Relocation and moving expense grants

Property tax incentives


Recruiting and screening of employees

 Downtown Economic Development Incentives/ Section 380 application with Main Street, Odessa.



The Lone Star State shines on business, too. Businesses that locate in designated zones may be eligible for local and/or state benefits in the Texas Enterprise Zone Program. The Texas Department of Economic Development may grant state benefits if a business is awarded "Enterprise Project" status.

Example state benefits include:

1. State sales tax refunds of taxes paid on machinery and equipment, building 
material, labor for the rehabilitation of existing buildings, and electricity and
natural gas purchased for use in the Enterprise Zone.

2. Franchise Tax Reductions.

3. Priority status for other state administered programs.

4. Additionally, companies that locate in non-entitlement communities may receive funds to be used for needed infrastructure through the Texas Capital Fund Infrastructure Program.

5. Lastly, the Skills Development Fund is designed to help businesses apply for job training funds in partnership with local community colleges and technical schools to finance customized job training.

6. Worker Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC).





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