Matagorda County is proud of its diverse industry base. As a rural, coastal county, we still derive much of our economic viability from our rich farming and ranching heritage as well as the seafood and fisheries industry. Here you will also find a large nuclear power generation plant, several chemical companies, oil and gas storage, pipeline and production, and manufacturing.

Matagorda County is building on its power generation, chemical, tourism and agricultural bases. We are growing an energy cluster. Opportunities abound as the county seeks retail, residential and apartment developers to meet our coming construction and new permanent worker demands. We also want new tourism businesses for our under-served beach, bay and waterfront areas.

Growing Industry in Matagorda County

The top industry in Matagorda County right now is educational services and health care and social services. The Educational Services and Health Care/Social Assistance sector employs 22% of Matagorda County's workers, more than any other industry. The percentage of workers in the manufacturing industry is above the regional and state average. 

Ports in Matagorda County

Port of Palacios

The Port of Palacios is the home port to one of the largest shrimping fleets on the Gulf Coast. Located midway between Galveston and Corpus Christi on the Texas coast, It is one of the most productive coastal fisheries of the state. The Channel connects the Port with the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. Its width is 125 feet and has a depth of 14 feet. The Port itself covers over 124 acres of shoreline and includes four turning basins with over 13,000 linear feet of dock. Port of Palacios also encompasses over 600 additional acres of shoreline property and 200 acres of near shoreline property,all available for development. 

Port of Bay City

The Port of Bay City has about 300 acres of land available for industrial development. This property may be leased on a long term basis. Industries designed for substantial tonnage are a good fit. The Bay City port has a terminal in a turning basin with a modern concrete dock, a metal shed located on the dock, and a liquid cargo dock. The Colorado River Channel leading to the port facility is about 200 feet wide with an average depth of 12 feet. The Port Turning Basin and Terminal Facility are located 15 miles upriver from the Colorado River Locks at the ICW. The turning basin is about 700 feet long by 500 feet wide with an average depth of 12 feet. The Terminal facility dock is a modern concrete dock, 200 foot long by 120 feet wide.

*Information prepared by the Houston-Galveston Area Council as part of the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development.

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