The economy in Longview is healthy. Despite a national downturn within the housing market Longview has been growing, and residential prices still rise. Some major sectors of the Longview economy include the East Texas Oil Field, services, technology, and manufacturing. In 2007, Longview added some major chain stores to its side . The addition of Kohl’s, two Starbucks, a replacement Target, a 3rd Walmart supercenter on the side , and a couple of hotels means Longview is becoming a regional hub for shopping. Keeping shoppers in Longview and faraway from Tyler, Dallas, and Shreveport has been a crucial strategy for the town . Most new construction has been located on the side around Hawkins Pkwy. and US 259, with lesser development on the side near Estes Pkwy.
In October 2007, Longview was recertified as a Texas Urban Main Street City. There are 89 cities within the Texas Main Street Program, 10 of them are Urban Main Street Cities. In December 2007, Longview was awarded the “Certified Retirement Community” designation by the Texas Department of Agriculture through its “Go Texan” initiative. Longview was also included in 2007 within the “Top 100 Best Cities for children .”
Longview is one among several cities in East Texas that is a middle for the “patent troll” industry, thanks to a perception that the us District Court for the Eastern District of Texas may be a favorable venue for violation plaintiffs.
The Longview Economic Development Corporation (LEDCO) is an economic development group managing economic development for the town of Longview. LEDCO was created by the voters of Longview in 1991 under the event Act of 1979 (Texas revised Civil Statutes article 5190.6 section 4A) for the aim of making and retaining primary jobs. The Corporation’s independent board of directors is appointed by the mayor and council . The Corporation owns two business parks in Longview with 1,200 acres (4.9 km2) of land. The Corporation’s website maintains information on available sites and buildings, demographic data, psychographic data, maps, aerial photographs, and a neighborhood manufacturing database.
According to the municipal financial year 2018-2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the highest employers within the city are:
- Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center
- Eastman Chemical
- Longview Independent School District
- Longview Regional Medical Center
- Trinity Rail
- City of Longview
- Pine Tree Independent School District
- Komatsu 604
- Gregg County