What makes Tyler stand out is that there’s no particular boom here comparable to North Dakota’s astounding oil boom. We just have a strong economy, a steady and reliable workforce and a community commitment to the next generation.
This isn’t the first time Tyler has been recognized for the quality of life it offers.
A retirement website recently ranked Tyler as the nation’s No. 2 community in which to retire. And last month, both Tyler and Longview ranked in the Top 10 “Best Performing Small Cities” by the Milken Institute.
And it won’t be the last time Tyler is recognized, because this is a city that cherishes its history, while looking to the future.
The health care industry will continue to be a pillar of our local economy. That’s why Tyler Junior College asked voters to approve a new nursing and health sciences facility last year. Voters carefully considered the $25 million bond package, and said yes. The $50 million project also calls for $12.5 million from student fees and $12.5 million in private donor support, in addition to the bond funds.
The facility is slated to open in the spring of 2015.
But it’s not just medical professionals we’re producing here. TJC and the Tyler Independent School District also have built career technology programs. TJC’s West Campus’ Skills Training Center is now training the skilled workers our city and our region will need in the years to come.
It should come as no surprise that Tyler has again been recognized.
As Tyler Economic Development Council Chairman Tom Ellis said, “This is a result of the public-private partnership between the business sector and local units of government working together to make Tyler a great place to start and grow a business.”
Tyler’s greatest strength isn’t its economy, however. That’s merely a reflection of its sense of community.