Houston, Texas (NAPSI) - The interstate system, a post−World War II priority of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, got a boost from the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico, and with it the dream of a new NAFTA superhighway. That highway is Interstate 69.

Selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation as one of six Corridors of the Future,America’s newest interstate, I-69, sweeps throughMichigan,Indiana,Kentucky,Tennessee,Arkansas,Mississippi,LouisianaandTexas, giving vacationers, business travelers and freight a new north-south route through the heartland of theUnited States.

An Outstanding Community

Helping lead the way isFort Bend County,Texas. Just southwest ofHoustonnear theGulfCoast, it’s been a historic crossroads since the early exploration and settlement ofTexasand its strategic location continues to deliver unmatched benefits to businesses and residents.

Texas-branded I-69 shields already mark some sections of the new interstate in Fort Bend County, where the standards for interstate designation have been met, and more roadside shields are to come.

Innovation and Growth

“FortBendCountymeans business when it comes to enhancing transportation options,” said Jeff Wiley, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council (EDC). “As we continue to grow, mobility initiatives such as I-69 remain a top priority.FortBendCountyand regional leaders continue to work with state and federal authorities on ways to keep our county moving ahead of the curve.”

In addition to transportation innovation,FortBendCountybusinesses drive employment growth rated in the top 10 nationally, and the county is home to seven of the top 24 master planned communities in the nation.

Excellent schools, affordable housing and extensive recreational facilities have attracted families with impressive demographic profiles. This results in a local employment base that provides relocating companies with a diverse mix of professional, technical, skilled and unskilled labor with the highest educational attainment levels in the region.

Where To Learn More

For more information about I-69 and FortBendCounty, visit www.FortBendCounty.com or call (281) 242-0000.