Five years after the corridor plan, Midland and Odessa have grown differently
In late 2011, when the oil industry was on the verge of an unprecedented boom, preparations began on the future of the State Highway 191 corridor, a stretch of land that connects two of the biggest metros in the southern portion of the Llano Estacado: Midland to the east and Odessa to the west.
Similar in size and already attached by the oil industry and two highways, little dotted the landscape in between the cities.
In the middle, on Farm-to-Market Road 1788, lie Midland International Airport, the newly constructed $81 million Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center, the University of Texas of the Permian Basin’s Center for Energy and Economic Diversification (CEED) and some industrial development.
To the north and away from the sister cities on the highway, metal-fabricated buildings owned by oil industry companies were popping up, as did a few churches.