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Susan Combs: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Texas In Focus:

The Alamo region consists of 19 counties stretching across south-central Texas, from the limestone bluffs of the Hill Country to the ports and beaches of the Gulf Coast. The region benefits from rising employment in education and health services, with solid support from tourism and the military. Its economic outlook remains favorable.

Alamo Region

This report examines the forces driving change in the Alamo region, and the factors affecting the development of its economy. We hope that state leaders, local officials and area residents will use this report to stay on top of important issues that will determine the region’s future.

Texas In Focus: Alamo Region

  • Full Report – (PDF 8.81 MB)
  • A Letter From Comptroller Combs
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  • Introduction
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  • Economic Development
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  • The Alamo region traditionally has benefited from a large military presence and manufacturing related to petroleum. But education and health services are increasingly important and will show exceptional growth in coming years.
  • Industry Profile – Retail
  • Industry Profile – Travel and Tourism
  • Industry Profile – Savings Institutions
  • Demographics
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  • San Antonio’s relatively young and majority Hispanic population accounts for nearly 88 percent of Alamo region residents. The region’s growth should mirror that of the state as a whole over the 2008-2013 period.
  • Infrastructure & Natural Resources
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  • The region is blessed with many rivers and streams, but increasing demands on its groundwater supplies present a considerable challenge. With its state parks, historical monuments, water parks and other attractions, the region will remain a popular tourist destination.
  • Health Care
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  • Health care plays an important role in the region’s economy, particularly in San Antonio, where one out of every seven employees works in health care and biosciences.
  • Education
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  • The region’s school districts exceeded the state average for Exemplary and Academically Acceptable ratings in the 2007-08 school year. The region also has 16 institutions of higher education, and enrollment is increasing rapidly.
  • Conclusion
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To request printed copies of this report:
Call the Comptroller’s Data Services Division at (800) 531-5441, ext. 3-4900, or direct in Austin at (512) 463-4900. You may also e-mail your request to us or write to:

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Data Services Division
P.O. Box 13528
Austin, Texas 78711-3528

Publication# 96-1311-5, Printed October 22, 2009

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