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Meet the members of Rio South Texas


Alamo EDC

Alamo is located in the heart of the fourth fastest growing metro area in the nation, McAllen-Mission-Edinburg MSA.


Luciano Ozuna, City Manager

Melisa Gonzales, Special Projects 

Brownsville Chamber of Commerce —

Founded in 1937, The Brownsville Chamber of Commerce is the community's leading membership driven advocate and champion for business. Its primary objective is to create a climate of growth and success in our community. The Chamber provides leadership, volunteer programs, and business building initiatives that focus on critical priorities in the community.

  Melinda Rodriguez,

Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation —

The mission of the BCIC is to fund quality of life projects in the City of Brownsville. Each year BCIC allocates a portion of their funds to provide community grants. City of Brownsville departments and 501c(3) non profits are eligible to apply. 


Rebeca Castillo, Executive Director 

(RSTEC Vice-Chair)


Brownsville Public Utilities Board

By delivering exceptional electric, water and wastewater services to the Brownsville area, BPUB has set the standard as a customer-focused, municipally owned utility (MOU) offering reliable services the community can depend on. In this leadership role, BPUB has built its reputation on providing quality electric, water and wastewater services for a community with an estimated population of 176,000, and some customers outside city limits. BPUB provides 46,000 industrial, commercial and residential customers with electric service, about 47,000 with water service, and about 47,000 with sewer service both inside and outside the city’s corporate boundaries and to the Port of Brownsville and its industries.

  Nurith Galonsky, Board Member

Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority —

On June 22, 2004 Cameron County Commissioners Court authorized the County Judge to file a petition to the Texas Transportation Commission to create a Regional Mobility Authority (RMA) for the Cameron County area and it was approved by the Texas Transportation Commission on September 30, 2004 . The Commissioners Court formally approved the conditions set forth by the Texas Transportation Commission for the RMA and subsequently appointed the Directors of the RMA. Shortly afterwards, Governor Rick Perry appointed David Allex of Harlingen as the Chairman of the RMA.

  Pete Sepulveda, Jr.
RMA Coordinator

City of Brownsville

The City of Brownsville is the largest City in the Rio Grande Valley with a population of 180,000. Brownsville is a border community with access to three international land ports of entry, a university and the southernmost deep water port. 



Pete Gonzalez, Deputy City Manager/CFO

(RSTEC Treasurer)


City of Edinburg -

Edinburg is the county seat of Hidalgo, the seventh largest county in Texas and is home to the University of Texas-Pan American, the state’s tenth largest public university. Edinburg is a pro-business community with an excellent quality of life, educational facilities and strong civic pride.



Ramiro Garza, City Manager

(RSTEC Chairman)

City of South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau 

With 34 miles of uninterrupted beaches, South Padre Island leads the Texas beach scene for all ages!  From young and old and everyone in between, South Padre Island welcomes guests to this paradise in South Texas. Whether you are planning a romantic weekend, spring break or the perfect family vacation South Padre Island has the events, lodging and activities for visitors of all ages.

  Keith Arnold, CVB Director

City of Sullivan 

The City of Sullivan Economic Development Corporation (EDC) aims to bring more businesses to the City of Sullivan City. The newly developed Economic Development Board will focus on developing incentives for new businesses.  The first priority will be the development of a community profile which contains traffic counts, census data, and information on commercial land available for new businesses.

  Judy Davila, City Manager

Edinburg EDC —  

The educational and technological capital of  the Texas-Mexico border region and one of the largest concentrations of Maquiladora plants along the U.S. Mexico border.


Gus Garcia, Executive Director

Harlingen Economic Development Corporation

Harlingen offers all the advantages of a Texas location with close proximity to Northern Mexico. Harlingen's central location in the Rio Grande Valley, has allowed it to share in the region's growth and prosperity. Major firms like United Healthcare, Dish Network, Penske Logistics, United Launch Alliance and many others have established profitable and productive home in Harlingen. 


Raudel Garza, Manager and CEO

Hidalgo County

NAFTA trucks crossing the border into Hidalgo County are bringing great economic opportunities, to support international trade. The Regional Mobility Authority is investing in the Hidalgo Loop so trucks will be able to quickly deliver freight and ease congestion on local roads.


Hon. Ramon Garcia, Hidalgo County Judge;

Roberto Villarreal, Economic Development Director

Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority

The Hidalgo County RMA’s purpose is to provide Hidalgo County with opportunities to accelerate needed transportation projects, through the direction of a local board making local choices about local mobility needs that enhance the quality of life and economic growth for all residents in our region.


Pilar Rodriguez, Executive Director;

Celia Gaona, Chief Auditor

Hidalgo Economic Development Corporation — 

The county economic development office is working toward regional economic development approach and flexible incentive programs for businesses locating in the county.

  Priciliano "JR" Trevino, Economic Development Director

McAllen Chamber — 

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce serves its members, community and visitors by enhancing economic growth and quality of life through leadershi, marketing and collaborative partnerships. The McAllen Chamber of Commerce is committed to help regional business expand and grow.


Steve Ahlenius, President/ CEO 


McAllen EDC — 

McAllen Economic Development Corporation, or MEDC is a non-profit organization that connects you to the right people. They don't do the manufacturing ourselves, we connect you to the company's that do.

MEDC will help you become better established in the most strategic area for advanced manufacturing, research, and development. McAllen is also the right place if you are looking to cut costs, become more competitive, and have a vision to be the best company you can be. McAllen offers a strategic location and access to three international bridges, thriving maquiladoras and labor availability. 


Keith Patridge,  President and CEO (RSTEC Secretary);

Olivia Tamez, Marketing Director

North American Advanced Manufacturing Research & Education Initiative —

NAAMREI is the talent development member inside of RSTEC. As a network of all the schools in the Rio South Texas region, NAAMREI can assist your company with finding the highly educated workers you need, or assist you in setting up a training program with local schools.


Carlos Margo, Interim Assoc. Dean - Office of Industry Training & Economic Development 

Wanda Garza; VP of Student Affairs & Enrollment Services 

Penitas Economic Development Corporation

This community continues to outpace most other cities in the region in population growth, and offers numerous opportunities for entrepreneurs and others.


Port of Brownsville

Open since 1936, the Port of Brownsville is a major center of industrial development.

  Eduardo Campirano,  Port Director & CEO (RSTEC Immediate Past Chairman)

Primera EDC

Located in Cameron County, the City of Primera Economic Development is ready to assist you with locating a business in their city. 

  Javier Mendez, EDC Director & City Manager

Rioco Real Estate Services

Located in one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas of the country, Rioco is able to assist local, regional and national clients in selecting and acquiring the sites or sites that best fit their needs. With its close proximity to the Mexico border, its close ties to the Mexico business community, and its understanding of the unique economics of the US-Mexico border area, Rioco is able to provide services to both international clients, and clients looking to tap into the tremendous potential of the Mexico market.

  Hilda Garza, Rioco Real Estate Services, LLC (Sales Associate)

Rio Grande Valley Partnership

Created in 1944, the RGV Partnership is a Chamber of Commerce for the whole Rio Grande Valley. It unites a diverse and distinguished roster of leadership from across the four counties of Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy.

  Julian Alvarez, President and CEO 

Starr County  —

Strategically located between two of Texas'  fastest growing MSAs, Starr County is a business friendly community, committed to developing sound economic growth.

  Rose Benavidez, President

Texas State Technical College— 

TSTC has been providing top-quality, career-driven education for Texans for close to 50 years. The college is nationally recognized for the number and quality of our technology graduates. A new Engineering Center opened in July of 2014. 

  Dr. Stella Garcia, Interim President 




Workforce Solutions, Cameron

The goal of Workforce Solutions Cameron is to create economic growth and enhance the quality of life for the citizens and employers of Cameron County. Services available at no cost to employers and job seekers are: Labor Market Information, job training/retraining/skills upgrading, youth services, childcare and Information and referral.


Pat Hobbs, Executive Director 


Workforce Solutions

Workforce Solutions, a not-for-profit corporation, is one of 28 local workforce development boards in the state. This Board serves Starr, Hidalgo and Willacy counties through a network of partners in the tri-county region.


Frank Almaraz, Executive Director; 

Mike Willis, Director of Business Partnerships