Business View Civil and Municipal | January 2021

51 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL JANUARY 2021 Deaf Smith COUNTY, TEXAS Investing with intent O ut on the high plains of Deaf Smith County, Texas, they are used to working hard. Known as the beef capital of the world, this region has fared better than many during the COVID-19 pandemic because almost everyone is an essential worker. “We have just kept on doing what we can,” explains County Judge D.J. Wagner, “and amid everything, we are continuing to grow and be intentional about that.” Located in the southwestern part of the Texas Panhandle, Deaf County covers a rectangular swath of over 1500 square miles. Originally the home of the Apache, Comanche, and Kiowa tribes, the county is proud of its rich and diverse history. It was created AT A GLANCE DEAF SMITH COUNTY, TEXAS WHAT: A rural county of 20,000 WHERE: Southwest region of the Texas Panhandle WEBSITE: