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The diverse economy of Polk County is fueled by a variety of industries. Twelve million acres of forest land ensure that forestry continues to be a major industry in Polk County. The Polk County area is the largest timber producing region in Texas.

The proximity to the Houston Metro Area, the Port of Houston, the Houston Medical Center and Bush Intercontinental Airport has made Polk County an attractive site for industrial and commercial expansion.

The City of Livingston is the county seat and serves as the economic hub of the region with more than 500 businesses. Memorial Medical Center–Livingston recently completed their $30 million expansion, which includes a new emergency department, radiology facility and expanded to 200 beds. Livingston continues to grow with retail and commercial development. There are two major hotel/motel projects under construction as well as a regional retail store and two new commercial shopping centers.

Corrigan, located just north of Livingston, is home to two of the counties largest timber operations. Georgia-Pacific Forest Products employs some 1,200 workers at their Corrigan and their Camden Plywood Lumber Mills. Corrigan has become home to several other timber-related businesses and is currently working to attract a new industry, which will offer some diversification.

Lake Livingston is a major contributor to the growth of Polk County attracting retirees and recreational visitors. Also, the oil and gas industry has made an impact with exploration, and the development of oil and gas production and pipelines. The future of Polk County’s economic growth is bright and will continue to be one of the fastest growing counties in the state of Texas.

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