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Who We Are

Texas Forest Country Partnership

A History of Service to East Texas

The Texas Forest Country Partnership (TFCP), formerly known as the Pineywoods Economic Partnership (PEP) and the Deep East Texas Development Association (DETDA), was founded in 1960 as a non-profit economic development organization.  The TFCP is a regional economic development organization that is committed to coordinating economic development-related activities in East Texas and further enhancing the appeal of the 12-county area that it serves.

Partnership Mission:

The Texas Forest Country Partnership is committed to enriching the economic prosperity and well-being of our region through marketing, business development, and advocacy.

Partnership Strategic Objectives:

  • Regional development & talent retention
  • Strengthen regional involvement and decision-making
  • Support economic growth
  • Promote a highly qualified, well-trained workforce
  • Support regional economic diversification
  • Foster partnerships
  • Enhance the quality of place

Your TFCP Membership

An investment in the future of the Texas Forest Country Region of East Texas

Membership in the Texas Forest Country Partnership is open to individuals, associations, public or private groups, small and large businesses, industries, and governmental agencies and entities.

The 12 counties that the TFCP represents are Angelina, Houston, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Tyler, and Trinity.  Other counties may be included on specific projects.

Your membership gives you a voice in the development of the Texas Forest Country Region and regular input into issues which concern you and your organization.

It also entitles you to organization communications about economic development activities, representation in Austin and Washington, and the assurance that someone is looking after the interests of the region when important issues arise.

You will also be listed on the TFCP website and gain exposure for your organization to people looking to do business in the region.

TFCP’s membership meetings focus on issues of regional concern and give local, state and federal agencies the opportunity to report on events and activities affecting the region.

The Texas Forest Country Partnership is managed by a part-time staff and a board of directors made up of individuals from member counties.  The organization serves as an economic development resource for all counties and municipalities in the Texas Forest Country Region.