AQUA BOOK 2015 - Page 17

Like the rest of the U.S., many local businesses have recovered slowly from the recent economic downturn. Nine counties in South Texas still had fewer businesses in 2014 than in 2010. On the contrary, a large number of small businesses, particularly hotels and motels, restaurants and stores, have sprung up in counties with new shale oil and gas wells, particularly La Salle and McMullen counti