May 9, 2013 3:10 PM by Janine Reyes
CORPUS CHRISTI -- Corpus Christi is the place to be for employment opportunity, that's according to Forbes magazine. The Coastal Bend ranked 4th among midsize cities for job growth this year.
Last year, we ranked even higher, taking the # 2 spot.
Its a trend Roland Mower with Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development says should stay strong.
It all started with Eagle Ford Shale. With that affordable natural gas from the Eagle Ford Shale, even foreign companies are now getting involved, hoping to put that natural gas to use to create their product, and then send it where it needs to go up the ship channel.
Foreign companies like Austrian company Voestalpine, the Italian group M & G Resins and Tepco from China have all announced plans to move in and hire. That promises to keep our economy churning.
But even now, we're seeing growth
From March 2012 to March 2013, we've seen an increase of about 7900 jobs.
"This year we're seeing the benefits to all the industrial turnarounds which is bringing jobs to the local economy," said Mower
Those jobs are also attracting more people and that's a good thing. "That is causing some people or encouraging people to move into our marketplace, we're looking at 1000 new homes being built in our community to support this job growth and we're probably under building," Mower said.
That building and construction creates even more jobs.
Bottom line, Mower says, is our economy should stay strong for years to come. "Really gives us a great opportunity for the next 3-5 years to have job growth occuring at a faster level than the national average," he said.
Which means Corpus Christi will be no stranger to the list created by Forbes.