When looking at the economy of the Coastal Bend, perhaps one piece of the equation that can't be ignored is the Port of Corpus Christi.
The Port is the top exporter of crude oil in the United States and stands as a key pillar of local industry. In April alone, some 384 thousand barrels of crude left the port daily and it's figures like these the Port's Chairman discussed at December's "State of the Port" event.
Next on the Port's agenda: staying at the top of its game and attracting more business to our area.
"There's a whole lot to look forward to not only for us but for the state of Texas and the entire nation, because we are the energy port of the Americas," explained Charles Zahn with the Port of Corpus Christi Commission.
In the coming years a number of factors are aimed at helping the port reach its goals. The new Harbor Bridge will allow taller ships (such as cruise liners) to enter the port, while widening of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel will allow larger vessels (such as supertankers) to make their way through the Corpus Christi Bay.
Multiple industries and numerous local companies stand to benefit from increased traffic at the Port, and that is precisely its goal.