Developer Information

Karnes Electric Cooperative, Inc. provides power within a twelve county area located generally south of San Antonio, Texas. This diverse area includes industrial facilities, towns, suburbs, and green field. Locating your business in south Texas is an attractive prospect. Among the top reasons many companies find the south Texas business climate beneficial are:

  • Labor expense is below the national average
  • A business friendly culture
  • Texas is a right-to-work state
  • An ethnically diverse population with close ties to Mexico
  • Karnes Electric Cooperative energy costs are below state and national averages
  • State and local taxes are below the national average
  • Numerous Free trade Zones, Enterprise Zones, and 4A and 4B cities.

Areas of Interest

Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas production and exploration:

Atascosa County
Bee County
Karnes County
Live Oak County
Wilson County
McMullen County

Industrial Sites:

Toyota Motor Manufacturing - Texas plant, San Antonio, Texas

 Business and Industrial Parks served by Karnes Electric Cooperative:

Karnes City, Texas
Pleasanton, Texas

Industrial Ports:

Port of Corpus Christi, Texas 90 miles
Laredo, Texas 115 miles
Pharr, Texas 155 miles
Brownsville, Texas 165 miles
Houston, Texas 170 miles

Major Texas Cities:

Austin, Texas 95 miles
El Paso, Texas 600 miles
Houston, Texas 170 miles
Victoria, Texas 60 miles

International Airports:

San Antonio International Airport 55 miles
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport 95 miles
Corpus Christi International Airport 80 miles


(if mileage is not listed, the Highway is located within the
Karnes Electric area)
Interstate Highway 10 30 miles
Interstate Highway 35  
Interstate Highway 37  
U.S. Highway 59 20 miles
Interstate Highway 37  
U.S. Highway 181  
State Highway 16  
State Highway 72  
State Highway 85  
State Highway 97  
State Highway 173  


Union Pacific Class I Railway (San Antonio to Corpus Christi)  

Colleges / Universities:

Coastal Bend College – Pleasanton and Beeville  
St. Mary’s University – San Antonio  
A&M University – San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Kingsville and Laredo  
Texas Lutheran College – Seguin  
Texas State University – San Marcos  
University of Houston - Victoria  
University of Texas at San Antonio  


Choke Canyon Reservoir  
Gulf of Mexico 70 miles
Texas Hill Country 80 miles
Professional Basketball (Spurs), Texas Baseball 50 miles
League (Missions), and Ice Hockey (Rampage) – San Antonio  

Area Contacts:

 Karnes County Economic Development Corporation


Contact Person: Ray Kroll

Wilson County Emergency Management Office