Cotulla's Eagle Ford Growth Exhibited Through $9 Million Airport Expansion

Ground has been broken on an $8-9 million La Salle County Airport expansion in Cotulla. The expansion will add over a mile of runway and additional airplane parking. The expansion is just one example of how Cotulla is changing with the Eagle Ford. 

City officials hope to see additional investment from energy companies in the area. As the video states, more than $100 million has been invested in Cotulla to date and $200 million is not far way.

Eagle Ford Consortium Fall Conference Kicks Off in Corpus Christi

The Eagle Ford Consortium's fall conference kicked off yesterday with a tour of the Port of Corpus Christi and continues through Wednesday. The consortium brings businesses and local communities together to ensure both are prepared for future growth.

Conference speakers will address various issues including CNG, education, foreign investment, health care, and current industry developments.

Corpus Christi City Worker Shortage Caused by the Eagle Ford?

It's no secret that the labor market is challenging for employers in South Texas. Tens of thousands of South Texas oilfield jobs have been created since in the beginning of the oil boom, and the total number of direct and indirect jobs created is well above 100,000. When the oil boom started, many people headed to the oil patch for higher pay. Employers who can't offer higher wages have struggled to fill positions.

Corpus Christi has been almost 30 workers short in its street maintenance department and is falling behind on projects. The city plans to raise wages 2.5% and hopes the allure of staying closer to home will increase the number of job applicants.

If you are hiring in South Texas, consider a listing on our Eagle Ford Jobs Board. We have more than 20,000 job applicants from across the nation visit the site each month.

Small Businesses in the Eagle Ford Getting Help From Local Colleges

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."