Editor’s Note: The city of Beaumont, Texas, has long been host to refining and petrochemical companies, and its link to ExxonMobil is only strengthening as the company continues to expand its footprint at its refinery and polyethylene facilities. The Energy Factor spent a week in the city of more than 100,000 people to talk about that relationship and how those investments continue to transform the fabric of the community.
From restaurant owners to city officials, residents of Beaumont, Texas, are fired up about the potential that lies ahead for their city. Downtown is regaining its charm, small businesses are growing and graduates are finding jobs. But why? These Beaumonters will tell you in their own words.