By Morgan Thomas - email
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Policom, an organization who studies the economies of all U.S. cities, has named Lufkin the number one micropolitan area in the state and number 35 in the nation. It seems business is booming in Lufkin, Texas.
Jim Wehmeier, the President and CEO of the Economic Development Board said, "It really speaks well to the diversity of our economy for such a small community."
"Simply put it's when you put it all together – we're number one," said Lufkin City Mayor Jack Gorden.
Specific criteria is used to measure economic strength including: sales tax revenue, employment, unemployment, disposable income, and wages.
City leaders believe the diverse nature of Lufkin's economy is the recipe for its success.
Mayor Gorden explained, "We have the ingredients here. We have the water, the land, the great people, the community services, the health care – we have all the ingredients to attract more businesses and better jobs to our area."
The current economic situation has created a bleak picture in the minds of citizens. However, this ranking illustrated an overall positive picture for the city of Lufkin.
"Compare us to other communities around the country and around the state – we're blessed. We really are blessed," said Jim Wehmeier.
"I think this should really lift the spirits of everybody in Lufkin. We've got a very strong economy here," said Mayor Gorden.
Above all, being the number one micropolitan city in Texas is a testament to the future of the Lufkin.
Mayor Gordon remarked, "I think really good things are in store for Lufkin."
According to Policom, there are 574 micropolitan areas in the nation. Last year Lufkin ranked number 80.