LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) – The landscape in North Laredo is changing, as more businesses seem to popping up in what used to be a primarily industrial area.You may have seen a map on social media that show a lot of new businesses coming to North Laredo. As far the city is concerned, some of that is true, just not all of it …
For more than five months Ryan Herrera has been applying at different places around town.
Herrera says, “Still nothing, nothing, i haven’t gotten an answer.”
After returning from Florida, Herrera says the job market seems bleak.
“I was in Pensacola working at ‘Subway. It’s kinda hard” said Herrera
But the number of employers in Laredo, could be going up. That’s because commercial building permits are up.
That means new businesses are moving into town, specifically North Laredo.
Ramon Chavez is the building development director for the City of Laredo.
In 2012 the city of Laredo handed out 127 commercial permits. Last year that number increased to 207.
“In my experience it’s very good growth we have not seen in the past” said Chavez.
Herrera hopes that will mean a job for him. “Continue job searching,I hope to get one soon.” said Herrera
Chavez adds in a report he presented to City Council two months ago there’s growth all around Laredo.
He says you may see it in the north more because Loop 20 and McPherson are busier streets.