All Eyes on Andrews

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

ANDREWS- National attention is helping Andrews business owners get the word out, that much like the rest of West Texas they've got jobs and they're looking for people to fill them.

"We're seeing a lot of curiosity. What's going on in Andrews that makes the economy so vibrant? We're just seeing people coming in, wondering where they can find a job where they can live," said Vanessa Garcia, in charge of work force development for the Andrews Chamber of Commerce.

The signs of growth are everywhere in Andrews but ever since NBC nightly news dubbed the West Texas community a boom town, people from all over the country have taken notice.

"An abundance of people coming in, looking for jobs, having already found jobs, and not having a place to stay," said Karen Colter, manager of the Hilcrest Motel. "I've been no vacancy for two weeks now, and probably will be for the next three or four months."

She isn't alone several other Motels in the area are also full. For some a new Holiday Inn being built on Main St., can't go up fast enough.

"It's a good thing for Andrews, I am loving it, the town is growing by leaps and bounds, and I think its a really good thing. My only hope is that we can find a place for all these people to stay," said Colter.

Members of the Chamber of Commerce say a diversified economy is not only helping Andrews grow, but may be helping insulate the are from other factors hurting other parts of the U.S.

"It's really amazing all the people trying to come to Andrews, trying to get a piece of the economy and compared to what it is around the rest of the country," said Gentry.