Beaumont, Texas

– Beyond just providing electricity to its customers, Entergy is

heavily involved in economic development activities, working to help

attract new businesses to its four-state service territory.

And for the fourth consecutive year, the corporation has been recognized as one of the Top 10 utilities in North America for its work to support economic development in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The recognition comes in the September 2011 issue of Site Selection magazine.

Each year, Site Selection

magazine recognizes utilities based on their work in economic

development during the previous year. Important criteria in the

selection process include job creation, capital investment, innovative

programs and incentives for businesses such as energy efficiency and

renewable energy programs. The selection is also based on the input of

leading site selection consultants and interviews with company



economic development staff is committed full-time to helping the

communities we serve in attracting, recruiting and retaining business in

our state,” said Michael Barnhill, director of economic development for

Entergy Texas, Inc. “We’re only successful if the communities we serve

are successful and this recognition also honors the hard work of local

economic developers.”


was specifically cited for the $3.1 billion in new capital investments

and more than 7,800 jobs that Entergy’s utility companies helped to

create in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas in 2010.


to home, Entergy Texas’ economic development group to date this year

has attracted 24 projects to the Southeast Texas service area,

representing 1,655 jobs. The group provides a website listing of

buildings and sites where realtors, property owners and economic

developers can list available properties at

They also engage in business recruiting for prospects in retail and

commercial, industrial, office and regional and corporate headquarters.

Entergy Texas’ economic development personnel build relationships with

site selection consultants, attend tradeshows and missions for business

recruitment, host prospect visits, produce quarterly economic trends

reports for Southeast Texas, provide financial support for economic

development organizations and are represented on area economic

development boards.

Entergy was one of just six utilities that also made last year’s listing.


Texas, Inc. provides electricity to more than 400,000 customers in 27

counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy is an

integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production

and retail distribution operations.

Entergy owns and operates power

plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating

capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United

Sates. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in

Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.