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Population 2010 Census 2014 Estimate Palestine 18,712 19,148 AndersonCounty 58,458 59,080
Municipal Services Form of Local Government – Council/Manager Fire Insurance Rating – Class 5 Full-time Policeman – 39 Full-time Firemen – 48 Fire Stations - 4
Transportation Major Highways – US 79, 84, 287, TX 19, 155 Interstates– I-45, 35 miles, I-20, 55 miles Rail – Union Pacific, BNSF Motor Freight – 6 carriers located in Palestine Air– Commercial Air Service – Pounds Field, Tyler, Texas 45 miles, DFWInternationalAirport—120 miles, Houston Intercontinental 150 miles PublicAirport – City of Palestine, 5,000 foot paved runway
Utilities Electric – Oncor Electric Distribution - Capacity 22,808,000 KW Gas – Atmos Energy - BTU Content 1,500/cu. Ft.
City of Palestine
Water – Source Neches River/Lake Palestine Capacity of Plant - 10,000,000 GPD Average daily usage – 3,500,000 GPD Peak Demand – 8,500,000 GPD Storage Capacity – 6,000,000 gallons Pressure on Mains— 35—120 PSI Sewer – Extended Aerated Activated Sludge Design Capacity – 4,700,000 GPD Average Daily Use – 3,056,000 GPD Telecommunications—Century Link PRI ISDN, BRI ISDN, DSL, Dedicated IP, Frame Relay, T1s, Channelized T1s, DS3, OC3, and OC12.
Climate Average Annual Temperature – 71° January Average Minimum – 32.2° July Average Maximum – 92.6° Average Rainfall – 43.3 inches Average Snowfall – 0 inches Prevailing Wind Direction and Speed South – 8.6 mph Normal Heating Days – 2,269 (base 65°) Normal Cooling Days – 2,444 (base 65°) Growing Season – 200 Days
Labor Market—June 2008 Radius of Labor Market – 50 miles—6 Counties Total Labor Force – 105,331 Total Employed – 98,840 Total Unemployed – 6,491– 6.15% Anderson County Unemployment Rate - 6.5% Retail Trade— 30 Mile Radius Trade Area Population – 104,214 Median Age in Trade Area – 38.1 Median Household Income – $37,410 Taxes Property *City of Palestine –$.648/$100 *AndersonCounty – $.528/$100 *Palestine ISD – $1.566/$100 Westwood ISD – 1.170/$100 *TrinityValley CC – .050/$100 *Total Combined Rate—$3.913/$100
Retail Sales Tax Texas – 6.25% Local – 2.00% Sales Tax for Economic Development Triple Freeport Exemption Enterprise Zone State Income Tax—None
Labor Market / Workforce
Labor Market / Workforce
The Palestine area relies on a workforce distributed across six-counties.
Palestine/ Anderson County
Civilian Labor Force
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
General Warehousing & Storage
Chicken Production & Hatchery
Palestine Regional Medical
Cartmell Home & Windermere
Union Pacific Railroad
Wholesale Beverage Distributor
Kroger Food Store
Brookshire Food Store
Kim's Convenience Stores
Retail convenience Stores
Greenbriar Nursing of Palestine
Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility
Palestine Healthcare Center
Gerry Red, Inc.
Retail Convenience Stores
Aerospace Part Distributor
Ben E. Keith
Wholesale Beverage Distributor
Cotton Patch Cafe
US Post Office
Eagle Railcar Services
Elkhart Oaks Care Center
Frankston Packaging Co. LP
Custom Box Manufacturer & Distributor
Palestine, Texas benefits from mild winter weather. In the summer, there are only 4 months when the daily high tempertaure is above 85 degrees.
Average Temperature: Annual- 66.3º
January-36.2º Average Minimum
August-95.3º Average Maximum
Length of Growing Season:
Altitude above sea level:
300 – 800 feet
Normal Degree Days (base 65º):
Heating 2,005 days
Cooling 2,490 days
Prevailing Wind Direction and Speed:
An updated demographics report is coming soon. Please see the Retail Coach demographic reports for immediate information.
Palestine Independent School District has a student enrollment of more than 3,300 and is the largest school district in Anderson County. With five elementary campuses, one intermediate campus, one middle school and one high school, gifted and talented programs are available, as well as UIL athletic and academic activities. On the high school level, honors classes and advanced placement classes are offered.
Texas Education Agency Accountability Ratings
Palestine ISD met all standards as a district.
All Palestine ISD campuses met all standards.
Texas Education Agency Distinctions Earned
Palestine High School: Post-secondary readiness
Top 25% in closing performance gaps
Palestine Junior High:
Programs and District Initiatives:
Texas After School Center for Education (TACE) on all campuses grades K-12 providing before and after school tutorials and enrichment opportunities as well as family activities and trainings to support student success.
24/7 Learning for campuses 4-12 providing 1:1 devices for digital learning and learning extending beyond the school building and school day.
KEY (Kindergarten an Extra Year) is a project based learning experience providing a foundation for students prior to their kindergarten year.
Pre-Engineering and Advanced Academic Program Sequence
Launch provides students grades K-5 with a strong foundation in math, science and communication.
STEAM builds on the foundation students receive in earlier grades.The program integrates technology and design through the use of CAD design software with principles of engineering and graphic arts.The program is available in grades 6-12.
Gateway to Technology and Project Lead the Way are also strong components of the district’s secondary science/engineering offerings.
District-wide STEAM Program
Project Lead the Way – 6th through 12th Pre-engineering/ICEE Program
Launch – K through 5th grade “Little Engineers” and Advanced Academic Program
Wildcat University provided Palestine High School students the opportunity in the 2013-2014 school year to complete 2,184 college hours in 707 college courses.Twenty-three students graduated in 2014 with core complete distinctions holding more than 48 college hours.
Career and Technology programs provided 2014 Palestine High School Graduates to earn 171 industry based certification in 12 of 16 designated pathways.These opportunities will expand in 2014-2015 asCTE programs join together to revitalize and manage Wildcat Golf Course.
Westwood Independent School District meets the educational needs of more than 1,500 students. WISD offers programs and services including special education, gifted and talented, and honors courses. With a strong athletic program, as well as Academic Decathlon, Westwood Independent School District employs almost 200 teachers and other personnel.
Additional District Information:
*Westwood district met or exceeded state standards in all academic areas.
*TVCC and Westwood ISD partner for dual instruction giving students many college hours prior to graduation from WHS.
*The state comptroller awarded Westwood ISD 3 ½ stars for efficiency with regards to academics and finance.
*Westwood received the Comptroller’s Platinum Performance Award for Transparency.
*Westwood received a “Superior” rating for being fiscally sound.
*Westwood is in the second year of a One-to-One laptop initiative for grades 7 thru 12.
At the request of Palestine leaders, The University of Texas at Tyler extended a nursing program to Palestine in 1995. Today The University of Texas at Tyler makes its outstanding academic programs conveniently accessible to AndersonCounty residents through the Palestine Campus. Students experience cost-saving convenience, greater flexibility in scheduling their classes, and reduced travel expenses and commuting time to Tyler, all while receiving a degree from UT Tyler.
The UT Tyler Palestine Campus currently offers courses in nursing, business, education, technology health and kinesiology and liberal arts. Students receive instruction from on-site professors and through interactive video technology, which allows students to see and communicate with faculty at UT Tyler, ask questions and participate in classroom discussions.
Degree completion programs available are:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Master of Science in Nursing Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Master of Business Administration Bachelor of Science in Health Professions Master of Education in Health & Kinesiology Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (EC-4 General Education Certification) Master's Degree in Educational Leadership
Trinity Valley Community College.
Since 1972, Trinity Valley Community College-Palestine has continued to meet the ever-changing needs of its students and the surrounding communities. The campus houses a wide range of academic and vocational programs in three modern buildings. The facility includes science labs, state-of-the-art computer laboratories, a nursing lab, a photography lab, and a cosmetology salon. Students who attend TVCC-Palestine may choose from a variety of academic transfer courses including English, math, art, economics, biology, business and office administration, computer science, physical education, geography, religious studies, real estate, chemistry, accounting, photography, child development and music. TVCC is also helping to meet the economic needs of the community with the Small Business Development Center. Counselors from the SBDC, are available and provide various free services for entrepreneurs, from advice and counseling to helping them to get started in business.
Incentives - Local
Tax Abatement Tax abatement on real and personal property improvements may be granted by all taxing entities except the local Independent School Districts. The company must meet requirements associated with the value of capital improvements and either job creation or payroll increases maintained throughout the term of the agreement. The City of Palestine will create a reinvestment zone and adopt a tax abatement agreement with companies meeting the following:
Tax Abatement Schedule I - Qualifications and Sliding Scale Rate
Abatement percentages will be awarded depending upon points collected in the following categories for new and expanding-industries:
75 to 200
201 to 400
401 to 600
More than 600 Points Negotiable.
Freeport Tax Exemption Freeport property includes goods, wares, merchandise, and other tangible personal property acquired in Texas or brought into Texas and held here 175 days or less before being shipped out of the state. The property must be here for assembling, storing, manufacturing, repair, maintenance, processing, or fabricating purposes.
Freeport Tax Exemption is granted by the City of Palestine, Anderson County, Palestine ISD, and Westwood ISD.
Sales Tax for Economic Development
Economic Development Sales Tax Incentives The Palestine Economic Development Corporation (PEDC) was created by the voters in 1998 to use the revenue generated by a 1/4 cent sales tax for economic development to encourage the creation and retention of jobs and capital investment in Palestine. The PEDC Board of Directors work with interested parties for the use of these funds as an incentive to locate or expand in Palestine. The amount and type of the incentive depends upon the economic impact of the project and the specific needs of the company. Incentive funds can be applied to costs associated with land or facility acquisition, facility construction, remodeling, infrastructure, training programs, moving expenses, etc. according to the terms of an economic development agreement between PEDC and the company. The Board of Directors of PEDC have set a minimum capital investment of $500,000 and 5 jobs created as the minimum eligibility requirement for consideration of incentives.
Incentives - State
Enterprise Zone: If the company locates within the State-designated City of Palestine Enterprise Zone, it is eligible for either Enterprise Project or Qualified Business incentives associated with the zone. The site(s) submitted to you is/are located within the Enterprise Zone. The following incentives should be available for this project.
State Zone Incentives for Enterprise Projects (limited to 85 State designations per biennium) A company will be eligible for Enterprise Project designation if it creates 10 new permanent jobs over and above those jobs it currently has in place in the zone and at least 25% of its new employees are economically disadvantaged. The company must maintain those levels during the five-year period of the designation and must be nominated by the City. The incentives available for enterprise projects are:
A refund of state sales or use tax paid on all tangible personal property and taxable services for use in the enterprise zone for up to $5,000 for each permanent job created or retained during the 5 year designation period ($250,000 per year up to $1.25 million maximum); and,
A franchise tax benefiton the annual report filing for each year of the five-year designation of the zone. The franchise tax is based on the project’s taxable capital or earned surplus income, and the reduction is based on the amount of capital investment made by the project in the enterprise zone. The project’s apportioned taxable capital may be reduced by 50% of the capital investment or the apportioned earned surplus income may be reduced by 5% of the capital investment; and,
Certain franchise tax economic development credits on franchise tax reports due on or after September 1, 2003 and before January 1, 2005. The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts will determine potential franchise tax benefit under this section of the program: 512.463.4496.
State Zone Incentives for Qualified Businesses If a project is not designated an Enterprise Project, it may receive benefits as a Qualified Business. Qualified businesses must create or retain at least 10 jobs in the zone and may receive:
A one-time state sales tax refund of up to $5,000 paid on machinery and equipment for retaining at least 10 jobs in the enterprise zone;
A one-time franchise tax refund of up to $5,000 for creating at least 10 jobs in the enterprise zone; and,
Priority or preference for all programs administered by the state.
Local Zone Incentives for Enterprise Projects and Qualified Businesses: The company can receive a negotiated one-time sales tax refund of City of Palestine sales and use taxes paid for building materials used in building a new industrial structure, including all structural steel, lumber, bricks, flooring, electrical system, cooling and heating systems, plumbing and including concrete, asphalt and masonry. The City may waive development fees, accelerated zoning and permitting are also available
Property Tax Rule 9.105 The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts offers a refund of franchise and sales/use taxes paid by companies owning certain abated property. A company who meets the following three conditions may apply for a refund:
Paid property taxes to a school district on property located in a reinvestment zone.
Is exempt in whole or in part from property tax imposed by a city or county under a tax abatement agreement.
Is not in a tax abatement agreement with a school district.
Texas Economic Development Act (Brimer HB 1200) This act provides relief from school district property taxes for companies making large capital investments of $20 million to $100 million or greater. The appraised value of qualifying capital investments is capped based on a sliding scaled tied to the total property wealth of the school district where the investment is located. The investment amount is determined over a 2-year period. In general, a school district may abate 100% of the appraised value over the applicable cap of improvements and tangible personal property used in manufacturing for up to 8 years, beginning in the third year of investment. The company will pay taxes based on the full-appraised value during the first two years but is entitled to a refund of any amounts paid during that period on the value in excess of the applicable cap. In addition the company must create at least 25 new permanent jobs, pay at least 80% of a group health benefit plan for its employees, and pay at least 100% of the county average weekly wage.
Research and Development Tax Credits A research credit is available to corporations making research and development expenditures for qualifying costs associated with research conducted anywhere in the state.
Natural Gas and Electricity Sales and Use Tax Exemption Companies are exempt from paying state sales and use tax on electricity and natural gas used in manufacturing, processing, or fabricating tangible personal property. The company must complete a predominate use study showing that at least 50% of the electricity or natural gas consumed by the business directly causes a physical change to a product.
Manufacturing Machinery and Equipment Sales and Use Tax Exemption Leased or purchased machinery, equipment, replacement parts, and accessories that have a useful life of more than six months, and that are used or consumed in the manufacturing, processing, fabricating, or repairing of tangible personal property for ultimate sale, are exempt from state and local sales and use tax. Texas businesses are exempt from paying state sales and use tax on labor for constructing new facilities. Machinery exclusively used in processing agricultural products by the original producer is also exempt.
Clean Rooms Exemption Clean rooms used in the production of semiconductor components are exempt as manufacturing equipment.
The 78th Legislature created the Texas Enterprise Fund, giving the governor the ability to respond quickly to opportunities to bring companies and jobs to Texas. The fund is intended to attract high-impact facilities that have the opportunity to provide high returns for taxpayer investment. The recent announcements of the new Toyota assembly plant in San Antonio and a state-of-the-art Texas Instruments semiconductor wafer fab in Richardson are both examples of projects that are eligible to benefit from the Texas Enterprise Fund.
More information on the Texas Enterprise Fund is available by visiting the website of the Office of the Governor.
The Texas Capital Fund Designed to promote growth in non-entitlement areas, the Texas Capital Fund can be used for businesses creating new full-time jobs, a majority of which benefit low to moderate-income persons. This program requires an application and competitive rating process which sometimes delays the funding process. If the timing of the project makes it possible, the TCF programs available to Palestine are:
TCF Infrastructure Grant Program Funds may be used for construction and/or improvements of water or wastewater facilities, public road construction, natural gas line services, rail spurs, and electric power services. Minimum and maximum awards are $50,000 and $750,000 and may not exceed 50% of the total project cost.
TCF Real Estate Development Program Funds may be used to acquire, construct, or rehabilitate real estate to support a for-profit or a non-profit entity willing to commit to creating or retaining jobs primarily for low or moderate income persons. Minimum and maximum awards are $50,000 and $750,000 and may not exceed 50% of the total project cost.
Tax Increment Financing The city can designate a reinvestment zone to provide tax increment financing of project costs for public works or public improvements in the zone. Tax increment bonds or notes may be used to pay project costs. The proceeds from taxes on improvements within the zone are used to pay the debt service on the bonds or notes or for the cost of the project for a designated time as determined by a TIF plan adopted by the taxing entities participating. School districts are prohibited from participating in TIFs. The TIF can be used to finance improvements required by a project in order to locate in the City of Palestine.
Industrial Revenue Bonds PEDC may issue tax-exempt bonds to finance land and depreciable property for manufacturing facilities. The maximum bond amount is $10,000,000 for tax-exempt issues, and the maturity of the bonds may extend to the lesser of 40 years or 120 percent of the depreciable life of the assets being financed. Eligible project costs include the acquisition by a business of an existing facility, acquisition of land, construction of new facilities, machinery, tools, equipment, and a limited amount of the bond issuance costs. The bonds are subject to the state’s private activity bond volume cap administered by the Texas Bond Review Board.
Small Business Administration 504 Loan Program The SBA 504 is a direct-lending program providing long-term financing for fixed assets at a fixed rate of interest at or below New York prime rate. Designed to create and retain full-time jobs and to help businesses start-up or expand, the loan usually includes a senior lien from a private-sector lender covering 50% of the project cost and at least 10% equity injection. Generally the business must create or retain one job for every $35,000 provided by the SBA. The maximum loan is $1,000,000 for job creation. Companies located in Palestine have access to the program through the East Texas Regional Certified Development Company.
Small Business Administration 7(a) Loan Guaranty Program The SBA 7(a) program provides guarantees for small businesses unable to secure financing on reasonable terms through normal lending channels. The SBA will guarantee up to 75% of a private-sector loan up to a maximum of $750,000. The rate and term of the loan are set by the private-sector lender.
Economic Development Administration This program provides grants funded on a competitive basis for public water and wastewater facilities, access roads, rail spurs, or projects consistent with an overall economic development plan that serves industry and commerce. The application and approval process requires additional time.
Texas Capital Access Program The program is designed to increase the availability of financing for businesses and non-profit organizations that face barriers in accessing capital. Eligible borrowers can be any small business with less than 500 employees or a non-profit corporation. The proceeds may be used for working capital or the purchase, construction, or lease of capital assets including land, buildings, and equipment.
Linked Deposit Program This program encourages lending to qualified businesses which are historically underutilized, child care providers, non-profit corporations and small businesses located in an enterprise zone. It offers lenders and borrowers a lower cost of capital. Loan amounts range from $10,000 to $250,000. Proceeds may be used for working capital, purchase, construction or lease of capital assets, including land, buildings and equipment.
Agricultural Business Programs The Texas Department of Agriculture offers a variety of financing and guarantee programs to assist eligible businesses or individuals involved in agricultural-related economic development projects. These include: Texas Agricultural Finance Authority Loan Guaranty Program, Direct Loan Program, Loan Participation Program, Young Farmer Program, Farm & Ranch Finance Program, and Linked Deposit Program
JOB TRAINING INCENTIVES
Skills Development Fund This fund assists community and technical colleges in financing customized job training for local businesses. Average training costs are $1,000 per trainee. The fund will provide training for specific skills for workers who will be hired by the business. A business that forms partnerships with local community colleges and technical schools or the higher education extension agency may apply to the Texas Workforce Commission for funding.
TrinityValleyCommunity College The Community Services Department at Trinity Valley Community College works with business and industry to design customized training to match the needs of a specific company. The college will work with business to access any training funds available for the project and can provide pre-employment testing and screening. TVCC also offers certificate and degree programs in a variety of fields and technical areas. Every program created by TVCC is a unique customized response to each company’s specific needs. For more information, contact Gayla Roberts at 903-675-6212
Local Workforce Development Board Local boards overseeing training funds for specific regions have some programs available for training certain populations.
2012 Texas Department of Transportation Traffic Count Map for Palestine, TX
The City of Palestine is covered by a comprehensive zoning ordinance.
The director of Development Services will be pleased to visit with you about zoning issues in Palestine. Contact Jeffrey Lyons at 903-731-8480 for more information. The City of Palestine web site also has information on zoning and development standards.
To view the current copy of the City of Palestine's zoning codes go to Municode.com and select from the online library.