Regional Distribution

240+
Businesses
In The Texas Innovation Corridor
42,600
Employed
Within 60 Miles
431.7%
Employment Growth
In Last 10 Years in Hays and Caldwell Counties

Regional Distribution

The Texas Innovation Corridor offers multiple large, graded, cost-competitive sites for major distribution centers and is ideal for warehousing and storage firms. With growing speculative space designed for major companies like Amazon, Lowe’s, and FedEx, Hays and Caldwell Counties have accommodating spaces and infrastructure in place to support regional and national distributors from coast to coast.

This region is also a highly competitive location for Regional Distribution firms primarily focused on warehousing and distribution operations for companies with large client bases in Texas, particularly Central Texas.

Workforce
Access of Skilled Workforce

There are more than 240 supply chain-related businesses in the Texas Innovation Corridor, employing more than 12,000 workers. Annual wages for workers in this industry equate to $50,784, which is lower than the Texas average of $73,657 and national average of $70,868.  The largest warehousing and distribution employers in the region are Amazon, FedEx, H-E-B, and Lowe's.

Location Quotient
Above National Averages

The Texas Innovation Corridor has strengths in non-scheduled air transportation (LQ = 8.42) and warehousing and storage (4.21). The target has also experienced considerable employment growth over the last 10 years, nearly growing by 508.1% since early 2011. In the last ten years, the region has grown particularly in the specific subsectors of warehousing and storage (772.6% in Hays and Caldwell Counties - almost 6 times more than the national average), and process, physical distribution, and logistics consulting services (225.8% in Hays and Caldwell Counties - 4 times more than the national average). 

Key Regional Distribution Advantages
Interstate Access

I-35 – which runs from the Mexican border in Laredo, TX to Duluth, MN – is the central roadway of the Texas Innovation Corridor. It is considered a border-to-border Interstate, allowing distribution throughout the central part of the United States. 

State and federal investments to improve FM 110 and State Highway 130 through Hays and Caldwell Counties are also notable place-based advantages. FM 110 will improve connectivity of the two-county region by connecting I-35 to south San Marcos, running along the eastern edge of the city and Hays County into Caldwell County. Additionally, State Highway 130 helps alleviate traffic congestion on I-35 by providing a high-speed alternate route (with speed limits of 85 MPH) for drivers between Austin and San Antonio. It also connects San Marcos to I-10, which stretches from California to Florida.

Diverse Airport Options

The region is within a short drive of two international airports, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) and San Antonio International Airport (SAT). Among 795 U.S. airports, the Austin airport ranks 46th for freight cargo capacity and San Antonio ranks 33rd. Both airports are located closely to I-35, which runs through the middle of the Texas Innovation Corridor.

Another key supportive asset is the San Marcos Regional Airport, which provides available periphery land for development, state-of-the-art navigation systems, a Foreign Trade Zone Magnet Site, and planned infrastructure improvements.

Central-To-The-Region Location

The San Marcos area, via its proximity to two international airports, provides direct access to a major north-south interstate and close accessibility to an east-west interstate, thousands of acres of available development sites already positioned for distribution opportunities, and lower land costs can defensibly position itself as the hub of Central Texas warehousing and distribution. 

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