Texas is where the economic action is. That's the takeaway from a Forbes Magazine list of U.S. metro areas with the most economic momentum heading into the new year.
San Antonio ranked second only to Austin out of 52 cities studied.
"That's encouraging news," said Mario Hernandez, president of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation. "That's news that will travel. That's news that will attract the attention of companies that are looking for sites for job-producing investments."
The number-crunchers for the Forbes list looked at several factors, including the growth of jobs, manufactured products, population and college educations.
"What they wanted a picture of was how have we come through this very difficult time in the U.S. economy," Hernandez said.
The answer is -- apparently -- very well.
Hernandez credits the Toyota plant and the Eagle Ford Shale.
"The energy sector has really been a key shot in the arm for the San Antonio economy," he said.
San Antonio may not directly benefit from the drilling, but the ripple effects have been huge, with companies bringing thousands of jobs.
Hernandez is looking for "a much better year" heading into 2014.
"San Antonio is making the short list of cities for companies to look at for where their next job-producing investment will be in this country," he said.