Our Regional Economic Research Program at the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center (CBBIC) is made possible by a U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant beginning 2010. This EDA University Center aims at developing data resources that promote long-term economic development in the Coastal Bend region. The economy affects us all. Our research is conducted in corroboration with community stakeholders in the Coastal Bend region, including city and county governments, workforce agencies and civic organizations that are actively involved with local economic development.
In 2010, the Bold Future for the Coastal Bend adopted an action plan (VEC 1.2) under the Strategy for a Growing, Thriving and Diverse Economy. The action plan called for the development of a center to "centralize, analyze, and publicize economic information" that is vital to fostering economic development and growth in the regional economy of the Coastal Bend. To this end, we are turning this particular vision for a Vibrant Economy into a reality.
This EDA University Center serves as a repository of four types of publications:
In this section, we monitor changes in the current economic and business conditions in the Corpus Christi MSA and the broader South Texas region. The updates will be presented mainly in the context of a Business Cycle Index and the key economic indicators that make up that Index. These statistics are like the vital signs of our body, so you can keep current with the economic health of the region that will affect you.
Data (Statistical Information)
This section contains an archive of key economic statistics for the Coastal Bend region, the state of Texas, the U.S. nation as a whole, as well as links to regular updates from external sources, such as Federal Reserve Banks and the Texas Workforce Commission.
Economic Profile (In-Depth Analysis)
In this section, we present historical data and in-depth analysis that pertains mainly to long-term regional economic development, rather than current economic conditions. Data in this section, including net migration patterns and changes in industry compositions, help provide an overview of factors that drive economic growth in the long run.
Publications (Topical Research & Special Reports)
This section contains research work and reports on special topics that are conducted in-house or from external sources.
Hope you will find our resources helpful. We look forward to working with you and the regional community.