East Texas town makes top 5 for job growth

By Lakecia Shockley - bio | email
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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Forbes magazine ranks the city of Longview as third in the nation when it comes to job growth among small cities.

The concrete is pouring and the "coming soon" signs are up. At just about every corner you turn in Longview you see indications of economic growth.

"Our economy is made up manufacturing and health care and energy and up until recently all of those industries have been doing so well," said John Stroud, the executive director of LEDCO.

From home to business construction sites, the city is building, growing, and jobs are there.

"We have about 62 companies today that are actually hiring in Longview," said Stroud. "We have $400 million worth of school construction going on as we speak. The job growth that we've had is helping us get a little bit get through this recession that we're in."

And getting through the recession is what Lester Lucy of BancorpSouth says makes Longview steady.

"We haven't had a boom to go bust over," said Lucy. "You're not looking at a lot of foreclosed houses or a lot of commercial real estate foreclosure or things that you read about in the paper. Banks are still making loans here, and we want loans, and we need loans."

Since 1930, Lebus International has been in Longview, Charles Lebus heads up the company and though they've had to make cuts, he remains optimistic.

"It's a little spooky out here right now but we'll get through it," said Lebus. "We have before and we will again."

Nine Texas cities ranked on Forbes top 20 list for job growth. The city of Tyler came in at number 29.

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