Temple is strategically located along the Central Texas technology corridor between San Antonio and Austin to the south and Dallas/Fort Worth to the north, and is easily accessible via road or air. The city is located on Interstate 35, the main north-south interstate through Texas that extends from Mexico to Canada. In addition, the other major highways in the community include: US Highway 190, SH 36, SH 53 and SH 95. Temple is a principal city in the Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood Metropolitan Statistical Area, which has an estimated population of 405,300. Direct access to Interstate 35 positions Temple within 180 miles of 80% of Texas’ population. It has the advantages of a strong supporting infrastructure and market but without problems associated with urban environment, higher costs, too-rapid growth, and difficult construction climate.
With a qualified workforce, availability of land, and pro-business attitude, Temple is a good location for advanced manufacturing operations, particularly those related to transportation equipment. Texas has a cluster of transportation equipment manufacturers concentrated along the I-35 corridor. The central location of Texas in general and Temple in particular offers manufacturers access to over 175 million people in 900-mile radius. Temple’s location is also far enough from other vehicle manufacturers in the state to not compete for labor but close enough to share suppliers.
Temple is a prime location for distribution and logistics companies, with its access to IH-35, central location in Texas, and close proximity to major consumer markets. Temple is targeting companies that provide warehousing and light assembly for other companies located in Texas such as transportation equipment and electronics. Perishable items such as food and other products that need close proximity to their customers, such as healthcare supplies, are also good targets for Temple.
Temple is a hub of health and life sciences for Central Texas. The health care and R&D activities at Scott & White mean that Temple is home to an uncommonly high concentration of PhDs and MDs, as well as world class spin-off research.
Temple not only has large healthcare providers locally, it has three medical school and over 10 major healthcare systems located within 150 miles. Included in these are three veteran health care systems and Brooke Army Medical Center. In addition, Temple has developed a comprehensive medical education cluster that includes Texas A&M University and Temple College as well as a state of the art clinical simulation center. The Bioscience Institute provides students with access to state-of-the-art medical education classes and facilities. The institutes provide specialized research capabilities focused on cardiovascular, cancer and regenerative medicine.
The Draughon-Miller Central Texas Airport offers an ideal location between large metropolitan areas of Texas and is adjacent to Fort Hood. Temple is within 175 miles of four airports that serve as commercial airlines hubs-DFW, LUV, IAH, HOU-making Temple convenient location for MRO operations. Fort Hood provides both in terms of defense contracting and workforce. Draughon-Miller Airport has a 7,000 foot runway allowing the airport to accommodate turbojet powered airplanes and the 400-acre industrial park adjacent to the airport with 48 acres of shovel-ready sites strengthens the value proposition further.
Proximity to Fort Hood makes Temple a prime location for security and intelligence companies. Fort Hood is home to a number of intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR), electronic warfare (EW), counter improvised explosive device (CIED), and biometric (BM). The workforce to support this sector can be found in region, McLane Advance Technologies’ success in Temple gives an example of Temple’s strength in this sector.