Chad Odom Wharton Economic Development Commission 979-532-0999
Wharton Economic Development | 1944 North Fulton | Wharton, TX 77488 | Email: | Office: 979-532-0999 | Toll Free: 866-532-0999 | Fax: 979-532-5257
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Preserving a storied past. Generating a vibrant future.

A birder looks up in wonder as a stately golden eagle wheels overhead, just one of the many avian species on view from Wharton’s central position on the Matagorda Loop of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail.

In historic downtown Wharton, visitors gaze up in admiration at the magnificent Victorian/Italianate architecture of the meticulously-restored Wharton County Courthouse, the centerpiece to a graciously-walkable historic downtown where restaurants and antique emporiums—along with other character-rich restorations—make strolling and browsing both productive and pleasurable.

Nurturing growth—At Exelon Generation’s Colorado Bend power station, the new low-carbon, combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) uses the world’s most advanced turbine technology and air cooling system to eliminate water usage and provide clean affordable electricity, preserving the environment even as it powers growth.

Small-town values supporting a global vision—Just as Exelon is generating green, clean electricity, Wharton is generating smart economic growth, which in turn is yielding new benefits in quality of life. Doubled sales tax revenues and other new investments are putting new schools on the horizon, as well as other improvements in general healthcare facilities. As they look to their own horizons, high school graduates are preparing for a global future here at the main campus of Wharton County Junior College, the state’s top-ranking community college, or at one of the 14 leading institutions of higher learning located within an hour’s drive.

The perfect place to build a nest—The golden eagle builds its nest high in the trees for a strategic view of its surroundings. A location in Wharton is similarly strategic for human nesting. With housing costs roughly 50% below Houston’s costs, and approximately 45% below Galveston’s, Wharton offers the room and resources to grow, yet puts your family just one hour away from the playgrounds of the Texas Gulf Coast and the metro culture and amenities—not to mention world-class healthcare specialists—of Houston.

At the city’s Riverfront Park, a family gathers for a picnic against the scenic backdrop of the Colorado River. For parents seeking the right environment to nurture their families, Wharton is exactly where they want to be: A friendly, historic city that sits amidst a sportsman’s paradise—hunting, fishing, birding and more. And with 11 municipal parks, Wharton puts a refreshing getaway just a few blocks away anywhere in the city.

At the family picnic, as the sun gleams against the Colorado River, it’s easy to see that for next-generation growth of all kinds, the future is brighter in Wharton. 

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