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Highway – 83 Corridor Study

Highway – 83 Corridor Study

Border Region between Laredo and Brownsville, Texas
Collaborator: Rural Business Program – Institute for Economic Development
Completed: August 2012

Castroville Downtown Vision Plan

Castroville Downtown Vision Plan

Castroville Downtown Vision Plan – A plan for revitalization and economic development of a historic town
Project Sponsor: City of Castroville
Collaborators: Castroville Area Economic Development –  City of Castroville –  Castroville Area Chamber of Commerce –  UTSA Institute for Economic Development, Rural Business Program – UTSA College of Architecture
Completed: July 2014

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The City of Castroville has a significant opportunity to promote economic development in its community by capitalizing on its unique cultural and historical resources and its proximity to the San Antonio market. Current economic data indicates a retail opportunity gap of $7.7 million within the city itself and a gap of $69.9 million within its primary market (within a five-mile radius). This gap represents the amount of consumer-spending by the residents of the community which is lost to businesses outside the community.

Strategic Housing Analysis – Sustainable Choices for the Growing Demand for Housing in the Eagle Ford Shale Area of South Texas

Strategic Housing Analysis – Sustainable Choices for the Growing Demand for Housing in the Eagle Ford Shale Area of South Texas

South Texas Counties Impacted by Eagle Ford Shale
Project Sponsor: Middle Rio Grande Development Council
Collaborator: Rural Business Program – Institute for Economic Development
Completed: July 2012

This study investigates current and future housing demands to accommodate the workforce required for the oil and gas industries in six counties located in the Western-Eagle Ford Shale play (Dimmit, Frio, La Salle, Maverick, Webb, and Zavala). To estimate housing demand in the region several different research methods and analytical systems were employed to collect data from a broad spectrum of involved parties and data sets. Estimates of the total number of permanent and transient jobs added to the study area were based on current and projected rig and well counts. These counts were based on three scenarios of drilling activities: High, short-term, annual production (from 2010-2020); Low, long-term, annual production (from 2010-2025); and High, long-term, annual production (from 2010-2030).

A Vision Study for Eagle Pass and Maverick County, Texas

A Vision Study for Eagle Pass and Maverick County, Texas

Eagle Pass, Texas
Project Sponsor: Eagle Pass, Texas
Collaborator: Rural Business Program – Institute for Economic Development
Completed: April 2012

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The primary purpose of this study is to develop a Vision Plan for the Downtown District in Eagle Pass, Texas that will lead to its redevelopment and revitalization. A second objective is to define the regional context of Maverick County and its relation to Piedras Negras. The Plan also examines how to bring in new businesses and sets the stage for a more comprehensive planning effort to restore the downtown district. The end result is a preliminary concept plan for the downtown business district that can be used as the foundation for more comprehensive and detailed economic planning studies. This concept plan also includes an assessment of the district’s economic and business potential.

A Regional Vision Study for Dimmit & Zavala Counties, Texas

A Regional Vision Study for Dimmit & Zavala Counties, Texas

Dimmit and Zavala Counties, Texas
Project Sponsor: Dimmit and Zavala Counties
Collaborator: Rural Business Program – Institute for Economic Development
Completed: January 2012
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This Vision Study outlines a possible short and long term strategy to improve the economy, planning, and sustainability of two counties which are adjacent to each other in the South Texas region. Both counties are being highly impacted by the Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas production. The report examines the assets and potentials of both counties in terms of current issues, historical context, existing conditions, options for the future, and their demographic and economic characteristics. Specific recommendations are also made for the downtown districts in Carrizo Springs (Dimmit County) and Crystal City (Zavala County).

Recommendations for Menard, Texas

Recommendations for Menard, Texas

Menard, Texas
Project Sponsor: City of Menard Chamber of Commerce
Collaborator: Rural Business Program – Institute for Economic Development
Completed: January 2012

Menard, Texas has a rich legacy of cultural resources including the remains of a early Spanish colonial mission with its irrigation system and historic buildings in its Downtown District. The scenic San Saba River runs adjacent to Downtown, but also creates a periodic flooding problem. This study examined flood control options, adaptive reuse of historic buildings in the Downtown District, and the potential location for a new rodeo arena that would set the stage for further development in the community. The enhancement of the San Saba River as a recreational corridor was also explored.