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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The power to succeed.

Strategic planning and investment plus a dynamic mix of municipal, regional and private sourcing assure non-stop service, high capacity and low costs in utilities. Wharton offers industry the power to succeed.

Abundantly clear advantages in water costs and capacity: Fluid needs are met with abundance and low costs in Wharton, thanks to impressive infrastructure investment and careful management. The $250 million Lane City Reservoir Project is adding 90,000 acre-feet of firm water to the regional water supply, while the meticulous management and assessment of groundwater resources by the Coastal Bend Conservation District ( keeps water clean and flowing. At the city’s premiere industrial sites, 12” water lines deliver approximately 60 pounds of pressure, with a capacity up to 1 million gallons per day, with waste water capacity up to 500,000 gallons per day.

Top energy choices in a deregulated market:  Since 2015, deregulation of the Texas energy market has brought prices below the national average, and in Wharton, industry enjoys the best of all worlds through superb transmission and leading providers:

  • AEP Texas and CenterPoint Energy keep Wharton “on go” with reliable transmission and distribution service, and top quality in the maintenance of wires, poles and electric infrastructure.
  • Exelon Generation—At Exelon Generation’s Colorado Bend facility, the new combined-cycle gas turbine unit added 1,000 MW to the plant’s nearly 500 MW capacity, while increasing flexibility in operations through the latest in technology. The result: cleaner, more affordable energy ready to power your industrial profitability.
  • Wharton County Electrical Cooperative (WCEC)—Committed to the Wharton community, committed to your business, WCEC is one of the eight member cooperatives of the South Texas Electrical Cooperative, and combines a secure and diverse energy mix, including lignite, natural gas, diesel, wind and hydro to offer reliable, economical energy that supports multi-faceted growth.
  • CenterPoint Energy provides clean comfortable natural gas at strategic cost savings for Wharton business while substantially reducing carbon footprints. And at the Wharton Megasite, Energy Transfer and Houston Pipeline Company provides and maintains a 24” gas transmission pipeline. Natural gas: Great for your business and great for the environment.

Next-generation telecommunications—A location on the I-9/NAFTA Corridor puts your company at the center of a state-of-the-art fiber network. Wharton keeps you connected.

Wharton EDC Newsletter | January 2021

Jan. 25, 2021 - The second volume of the Wharton Economic Development Newsletter is here! Learn about national and local funding opportunities,...  READ MORE

Wharton EDC Newsletter | November 2020

Nov. 23, 2020 - On November 18, 2020, Wharton EDC released the first edition of the Wharton Economic Development Newsletter. Wharton Economic Development Corporation...  READ MORE

Connected Nation’s Broadband Survey Could Bring Better Internet Coverage to Wharton County

Oct. 21, 2020 - Wharton Economic Development is working to understand Wharton County's internet coverage needs to inform an action plan....  READ MORE


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