was the original spelling and the name was chosen for the
geographic location in the county. Leona was the first county seat
then the county seat was moved to the center of the county and
named Centreville (Leona had served as county seat
until it was discovered it was not exactly in the center of the
county). Buffalo served for a short time, which was also
Because of the location on I-45 and being centrally located between Houston, Dallas and Austin, Leon County is strategically located for economic development. The economic expectations for Leon County through the next ten years and beyond are strong. These economic expectations form a good base for economic development in Leon County, particularly in the light of the county's economic strengths. Some of the strengths of the county to attract and retain business include its central location, its close proximity to the State's urban areas, its placement on I-45 and major rail lines, its small town quality of life, its nearness to lake limestone, Fort Boggy State Park, an existing economic development organization and some strong commercial activities, including Nucor Steel, Houston Light & Power Company's Generating Station, the Jewett Mine, the BOC plant, the area's agri-business and the area's small businesses. Low land cost, affordable housing and a very low tax rate add to the attractiveness as a site for business relocation or a new business development as well as providing a more peaceful life-style for those wanting to "get away from it all."