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August 10, 2012 - Going to Grandmo's House

Posted: 08/10/2012
Author: Raudel Garza


My 4 year old son, Joseph, decided this week that since I would be out of town, he wanted to be out of town too. So, he stayed over at his grandparents’ house for the last three nights. That’s one more night than I was away. He told me over the phone that he was having fun, but would be back home later. I don’t mind him being gone for a few days, because we know that he is being taken care of with his grandparents. And when he does go home, he has as big a welcome from his younger siblings as I do when I come back from a business trip. The only difference is that I have to bring something back for them, while he gets the free ride.
Well, my time as Executive Director for Rio South Texas Economic Council is nearing its end. I’ll be going away, but not too far. Just like Joseph going over to Grandma and Granddaddy’s house, I’ll still be nearby and “with family”. As you know, I will be taking over as Executive Director for Harlingen Economic Development Corporation later this month. I expect to have lots of fun there, as I have had here, but will be coming back from time to time as part of this group of forward-thinkers!
There’s lots to do between now and August 15th, but chief among them is our Board of Directors’ meeting on Tuesday, August 14th at 3:00 PM at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance. I hope each of you, or your selected representative can attend. The agenda and information for the meeting should be sent to you soon.
I was in Chicago this week with TexasOne on a trade mission visiting several top site selection consulting firms, including True Partners Consulting, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Deloitte Consulting, and US Equities Realty. Each meeting produced some insight regarding the types of clients these groups are working with this year and some insight as to what they believe the trends for expansions, relocations, and start-ups seem to be. I’ll share some more details on these consultants with you at our Board meeting next week.
The next TexasOne trade mission is actually a special event at the US Open in New York next month. I hope one of our members is willing and ready to go to this event. We usually don’t get much time to sign up and it is usually on a first come, first served basis; so, if anyone is interested in attending this next event on behalf of RSTEC or any future events, then please notify us as soon as possible.
The Cameron County RMA and TxDOT had a ground-breaking ceremony this morning for the final leg of FM 550, the toll way leading directly from US 77/83 to the Port of Brownsville. Please continue to support these regional projects as we all understand that improving our infrastructure is vital to having this region be competitive. We have a long way to go before we are a household name with site selection consultants, but these types of projects and expansions such as McAllen’s Cinch Connectors and Grand Rapids Foam Technologies really do help RSTEC spread the word. Don’t forget to submit stories, announcements, and other good news to Daniela so that she can include it in our website.
We need your help in getting the word out regarding the Executive Director position. If you have a facebook page, a twitter account, or any other social media outreach, then feel free to refer people to the RSTEC job opening page (www.riosouthtexas.com/node/702) . 
This is my final “blog” on this newsletter, so next week you’ll hear from Daniela. If you’ve enjoyed the anecdotes, then let me know and I’ll try to make a guest appearance from time to time. Thank you all for giving me the opportunity to serve the Rio South Texas region. It has truly been a pleasure.
Have a great weekend, and see you soon!