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The outlook for the Alamo region is promising. Its educational opportunities and tourism industry should buttress its economic growth, as will its vibrant health care sector.

The region’s employment should rise by 23 percent between 2003 and 2013, despite the current national downturn. Educational and health services should lead all industries with a 44 percent increase in employment, and the construction sector should add jobs each year as well, boosting employment by 38 percent from 2003 to 2013. The financial sector, trade, transportation and utilities, the leisure and hospitality industry, agriculture, natural resources and mining also should increase employment.

The region’s two main trade corridors, Interstate Highway 35 and Interstate Highway 10, will continue to make San Antonio a critical trade center, boosting the entire region’s economy. With its state parks, historical monuments, water parks and other attractions, the region will remain a popular tourist destination.

One out of seven San Antonio employees are employed in health care and biosciences. San Antonio’s 900 acre South Texas Medical Center employs about 25,000 people. Brooke Army Medical Center’s Army Burn Center and Center for the Intrepid will continue to provide trauma care and rehabilitation services to injured military personnel.

About 9.4 percent of the state’s public elementary and secondary students attend school in the Alamo region. The region’s educational offerings remain strong, with 86.2 percent of its campuses rated Academically Acceptable or above.

The Alamo region’s 16 institutions of higher education will help to prepare the region’s work force of tomorrow. The University of Texas at San Antonio and University of Houston at Victoria are both increasing enrollment much faster than the state average for such institutions.

The Comptroller’s office is ready to help the Alamo region meet its challenges with economic information and analysis. For assistance, please e-mail the Comptroller’s Local Government Assistance and Economic Development Division at local.govt@cpa.state.tx.us, or call toll-free at 1-800-531-5441, ext. 3-4679.

Exhibit 57

Map of Economic Regions

There state of Texas is divided into 12 economic regions.

Source: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.

View text description of Map of Economic Regions.

Contact information for local government assistance is also available on the TexasAhead Web site at www.texasahead.org/lga.

We will continue to provide local and state leaders with detailed information in this continuing series. We hope you look forward to future volumes in this series, which will continue to highlight each of the state’s 12 economic regions (Exhibit 57).

Please see the Comptroller’s Texas in Focus: A Statewide View of Opportunities (www.window.state.tx.us/specialrpt/tif) for a statewide perspective, as well as the other regional reports in this series, listed below.

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