Odessa is a vibrant, energetic city in West Texas where the sky, literally, is the only limit. It is a dynamic city that boasts fresh air, awe-inspiring sunsets and the friendliest people you’ll ever find . A visit to Odessa can put you in a replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, in the cockpit of a World War II fighter, or in the premier archive and leadership library dedicated to the Presidency.
Odessa is the home of champion athletes such as Olympic Silver Medalist Toby Stevenson and NFL greats Roy Williams, Marcus Cannon and Bront Bird. We’re proud of all the achievements of our sports teams. In fact, Odessa was the setting for both the national best-selling book and feature film “Friday Night Lights.”
Odessa is located in the geographic region known as the Permian Basin, where the discovery of oil in 1926 propelled the city into an enviable position. Odessa quickly became the service, workforce, transportation, supply and manufacturing center of the Permian Basin. It remains so today, and is considered one of the major oil field technology centers in the world.