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ABOUT THE CENTER INTRODUCTION The South Texas Economic Development Center (STEDC) is a regional research and outreach unit of the College of Business at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Established in September 2014, the Center focuses on interdisciplinary research in support of sustainable economic and business development in South Texas. MISSION About the Center The South Texas Economic Development Center is dedicated to promoting sustainable economic and community development in South Texas, particularly the Coastal Bend region. The Center provides consulting, education, research and data services to community stakeholders, including government and economic development agencies, and businesses. PROGRAMS n n n n Regional data Economic forecasts Development plans Community forums n Economic impact and market analysis n Workforce analysis n Survey studies STAFF John E. Gamble, Ph.D. Jim Lee, Ph.D. Dean Director College of Business Regents Professor of Economics Kent Byus, Ph.D. Research Fellow Professor of Marketing & Entrepreneurship Don Deis, Ph.D., CFE, CPA Research Fellow Joslin Endowed Chair & Regents Professor of Accounting Elwin Myers, Ph.D. Publications Editor Associate Professor of Management For more information about STEDC, please visit or contact Jim Lee at, 6300 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78412,, PUBLICATIONS AQUA BOOK Aqua Book is an annual publication of the South Texas Economic Development Center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. This publication provides an overview of recent economic and business trends in South Texas. We support our narratives with data in graphs, figures and tab