Economic Development Study

Economic Development Strategy & Diversification Study

The Texas General Land Office conducted an Economic Development Strategy and Diversification Study covering nine South Texas counties from January 2020 - March 2021. The study examines workforce, infrastructure, education, and housing, among other areas, to develop strategies that diversify and strengthen local economies against future storms.

Study Area Counties: Aransas, Bee, Calhoun, Goliad, Jim Wells, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, and Victoria


Study Reports


Study Videos

The findings have been summarized in four videos that aim to help residents and businesses in the region use the 23 strategies in the plan for their future economic success. 


Video #1: Introduction to the Study 

This video explains the need for the study as well as the process and stakeholders who have been involved during the 15-month period.

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Video #2: Addressing Storms and other Shocks with Resilient Solutions

The region is increasingly vulnerable to hurricanes, rising sea levels, and other shocks and stresses. This video explains the vulnerabilities and presents solutions to strengthen the economy and create resilience.

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Video #3: Growing Our Economic Success

The region is adjacent to one of the fastest-growing areas in the world, but it’s not getting its share of economic growth. This video explains the importance of the region’s assets and how, along with the right strategies and implementation, it can be primed to build capacity and attract industry.

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Video #4: Attracting Families and Visitors

Texas is one of the fastest growing states in the country, and the region has potential to attract its share of families and visitors. This video showcases how “quality of life” can be created through a variety of avenues.

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