It’s time for Corpus Christi to develop long-term economic plans

In 1999, when the Greater Corpus Christi Business Alliance was disbanded and the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation was created, I was asked to be its president. Our most interesting prospect was a retail computer repair store.

Wow, have things changed in the last 22 years. EDC management of Ron Kitchens, Roland Mower, Iain Vasey and the Port of Corpus Christi have created billions of dollars of primary industrial development throughout Coastal Bend.

With the recent resignation of EDC’s two key positions, it may be time to slow down and reassess EDC’s direction.

Industrial development has been very active and successful; however, it comes with a high demand for water and a detrimental effect on air quality. In my opinion, developing quality of life should be a higher priority. Young qualified citizens want to live in a cool place.

Now would be a good time to create a regional economic development plan. Let’s determine what we want to be in the short and long term. The results of this plan would be very useful in determining the skills that the new CEO and the EDC team would need.

Perhaps expanding and sustaining existing business should be the focus for the next few years. The top priority should be to create an executable long term plan for our water demand.

Let us work together as a region to achieve this and truly become the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation.

Joe Adame was president of the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation from 1999 to 2002 and mayor of Corpus Christi from 2009 to 2012.

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