AQUA BOOK 2015 - Page 4

ECONOMIC TRENDS GEOGRAPHIC SCOPE T ECONOMIC TRENDS his edition of the Aqua Book provides an overview of South Texas’ economic conditions since 2008, followed by a description of some findings on the impact of the shale oil boom on our local economies. Looking ahead, we provide some analysis concerning the region’s exposure to oil and gas activities, as well as the degrees of economic diversification and specialization. We also discuss current transformation in South Texas’ economic landscape that is poised to affect the future course of the regional economy. With the inception of the South Texas Economic Development Center, we have expanded our geographic scope of research work beyond the Coastal Bend. This region lies roughly south of and including San Antonio. The Rio Grande marks the southern and western boundary, and the Gulf of Mexico is its eastern boundary. This region consists of 41 counties (see map below) and five metro areas. San Antonio MSA Guadalupe Kinney Maverick Uvalde Bexar Medina Wilson Zavala Dimmit Laredo MSA Frio Atascosa La Salle Webb Wharton Goliad Bee Jackson Matagorda Victoria Refugio Calhoun Aransas Jim San Patricio Wells Corpus Christi MSA Nueces Kleberg Duval ZapataJim Hogg Brooks Kenedy Hidalgo McAllen MSA Annual Review of South Texas Economy Lavaca DeWitt Karnes Live Oak McMullen Starr 2 Gonzales Willacy Cameron Brownsville MSA