At a time when many localities around the country are passing laws restricting the use of drones, and even allowing citizens to shoot them out of the sky, Corpus Christi is embracing drones.


  In fact, Texas A&M Corpus Christi wants the Coastal Bend to become the Drone Capital of America.


  The university is on the short list to become one of six Federal Aviation Administration unmanned aerial vehicle test sites, 1200 WOAI news reports.


  "With the backing of Governor Perry, we are the only site in Texas being considered," A&M Corpus Christi Vice President Dr. Luis Cifuentes said.


  The Texas Municipal League has endorsed Corpus Christi's bid.


  Mayor Nelda Martinez says Corpus Christi is the perfect place to conduct drone research.


  "Texas has unmatched airspace, a strong business climate, cutting edge research partnerships, and broad public support from state and local governments and the private sector," she said.


  The University is already home to the Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Initiative.


  Martinez points out that there are 6,000 miles of available airspace over the remote Brush Country and other the Gulf where drones could be tested.


  The Association of Unmanned Vehicles says their economic impact of becoming a drone test site would be about $6.5 billion over ten years.