Conference Held to Discuss Economic Impact of Drones

Corpus Christi has been selected as one of the six cities for unmanned aircraft research, and economic experts predict that we'll see a business boom similar to the Eagle Ford Shale.

"This is revolutionary technology on an evolutionary path, in such, it's going to create new jobs," said Michael Toscano, president of AUVSI. "As we start fielding this capability, people are going to start utilizing it in ways we have never even though of."

A conference was held at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Tuesday to discuss the potential economic impact of unmanned aerial vehicle use in the future, and industry experts say we should anticipate $260 million pumped into our South Texas economy over the next 10 years. Plus, it should create about 1,200 jobs.

Experts added that it could help businesses by saving time, money and, most importantly, putting folks out of harm's way.

"Whether you're a search and rescue person; whether you're a farmer; whether you're in oil and gas, if you can get good information, you make smart decisions, and we can do it in a more effective and efficient and safe way," Toscano said. "There's going to be jobs in things that we couldn't do. We say we use them for the four Ds -- the Dirty, the Dangerous, the Difficult and Dull jobs."

A study shows an anticipated economic impact of $8 billion for the state of Texas.


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