Granbury/Hood County: A Great Place To Do Business
Business owners and employees enjoy the Granbury/Hood County area’s proximity to the Fort Worth-Dallas metroplex and its unrivaled community assets: Lake Granbury, lush golf communities, thriving arts scene, retirement amenities, and historic sites and town square. Identified as one of the top ten retail micro-markets in the U.S., Granbury has been ranked 36th in families with at least $1 million of investable assets and 257th in personal finance strength. Granbury has been featured in the Fort Worth Business Press, Where to Retire, and The Wall Street Journal on numerous occasions.
The exemplary and recognized campuses of the Granbury Independent School District are home to outstanding students and educators. During 2009, students exhibited excellence in the arts, academics and athletics. Students of all ages enjoy easy access to post-secondary education and vocational and skilled trades training at Hill College in Cleburne, Weatherford College in Weatherford and Granbury, Tarleton University in Stephenville, Texas State Technical College, and numerous institutions in Tarrant County.
Hood County is located in North Central Texas west of Fort Worth and is served by several roadways: U.S. Highway 377, State Highway 144, State FM 51 and State FM 4. Interstate 35 lies 41 miles away, and Interstates 20 and 30 are 24 miles away. Highway 377 is Hood County’s major corridor and runs from Stephenville, southwest of Granbury, to the western side of Fort Worth, northeast of Granbury. Fort Worth & Western Railroad, a non-union rail service, runs through Hood County. Rail is available to transport and receive goods to and from the area. NAFTA agreements allow Hood County to rail link to the metroplex and Mexico.
The Granbury Regional Airport is home base for more than 50 aircraft, and the city is extending the runway to accommodate corporate jets as well as smaller commercial aircraft. For long-range commercial flights, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is less than an hour’s drive during normal traffic conditions. Alliance International Airport, a growing hub for corporate and freight air service, is about 60 miles away.
Lake Granbury covers 542.5 river miles on the Brazos River and serves as a water source for municipalities, local industry and agriculture. Lake Granbury provides recreation and year-round fishing of striped bass, Florida strain black bass, crappie, catfish and sand bass. For recreationists, points of interest include the City of Granbury boat ramp, BRA’s public parks and boat ramps.
It’s no secret that Granbury is one of the country’s top ten retail micro-markets. National retailers and restaurants that have entered the market include Starbucks, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Chili’s, Dickey's BBQ, Walmart Supercenter, Bond Arms, Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy, Best Western, Comfort Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Tractor Supply and Staples. Tourism remains a strong component of the area’s economy with an estimated annual impact of more than $40 million.