Barajas believes there would be growth, especially since studies show 80 percent of new jobs come from existing businesses. Taking care of them is one of an economic development official's most important jobs, he added.
One of the ways to do that, he said, is make sure we're meeting their current needs as well as their future capacity and speed needs. Settles said it's hard to assign some sort of exact number to that need right now. But one thing is certain, Barajas said. As more and more of the region's companies start to grow and increase their business with organizations around the world, they are going to need more and more bandwidth as time goes by — not less.
"We don't want gridlock, now or in the future," Barajas said.
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