Several universities in the region are stepping up to provide solutions to various challenges created by significant economic growth. UTSA has been active through its small business development center and TAMU Kingsville is adding programs to address challenges as well. If you haven't read the article, Tom Tunstall addressed community planning in the region in the article: Texas Ghost Towns & Implications in the Eagle Ford Shale
"It's like the old California gold rush," said Dr. Stephan Nix, Dean of the College of Engineering at TAMUK. "I mean, that was a great thing, but along with that came a lot of problems and a lot of issues. In many ways, this is the same."