Alice Chamber of Commerce & Convention Visitors Bureau
Industry Information

Major Industries

Our strategic central location makes Alice ideal for companies to utilize all forms of transportation: rail, air, land or sea.

Oil & Gas Production and Services

According to the US Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, Jim Wells County is categorized as a mining dependent county. This means that mining contributed a weighted annual average of 15 percent or more of total labor and proprietor income over the three years from 1987 to 1989. By far, the majority of employees in the category "Mining" are in the area of oil and gas field services.

While oil and gas prices have been higher than expected recently, the long-term trend indicates that consumers will benefit from lower prices due to reduced costs of production. This lower cost of production will result from new oil and gas technologies that will lower the cost of exploration, development and extraction.


Since the late 1800's, agribusiness has been a heavy contributor to the economy of the Alice area and South Texas. The combination of rich, fertile soils and long growing seasons provide farmers and ranchers with ideal conditions. Agribusiness is the second most important source of income for the Alice area. The city is also one of Texas' largest beef cattle centers.

Jim Wells County boasts more than 510,000 acres of agriculture land. Agricultural commodities include wheat, corn, hay sorghum, cotton, sunflower oil and melons. Cattle, goats, hogs, horses, exotic animals and aquaculture are also agricultural related commodities that are significant contributors to agribusiness in Alice and Jim Wells County.