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STC and Starr County announce Economic Development Summit: Shaping the Future

The Starr County Industrial Foundation (SCIF) in partnership with South Texas College (STC) will host a strategic planning summit which will focus on developing a roadmap for Starr County that allows for economic and community development that is driven, transparent, adaptable and whose shared success is measurable.

In late 2018 STC and the SCIF received a $100,000 federal planning grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA), a bureau within the U.S. Department of Commerce to assist in updating the County’s strategic plan. This summit is a culmination of community forums conducted by the SCIF that collected vital data related to our area’s strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. "We learned so much about the issues affecting our community and this information will allow us to continue to expand our economic development efforts for continued coordinated growth,” said Starr County Judge Eloy Vera.

The data will be used to improve recruitment and expansion opportunities in the region. “While recent economic indicators confirm significant progress in our community, we recognize that there is still much work to be done,” said Rose Benavidez, SCIF President. “As part of our ongoing strategies for advancement we will launch our new digital asset mapping during the forum," she added.

The event will feature a keynote Texas Legislative Luncheon that includes Senator Judith Zaffirini, District 21; Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, District 20; Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., District 27 and Representative Ryan Guillen, District 31. The event agenda is attached.

What: Starr County Economic Development Summit: Shaping the Future

When: Friday, July 12, 2019

Where: STC – Starr County Campus

Student Activities Event Center

142 N. FM 3167

Rio Grande City, TX 78582

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.