Audio: GBIC signs MOUs with Index Matamoros, Workforce Solutions Cameron

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – The Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation recently signed two Memorandum of Understanding agreements, one with Index Matamoros and one with Workforce Solutions Cameron.

Index is the trade association for the maquiladora industry in Mexico. GBIC’s MOU with Index Matamoros was signed by GBIC Chairman John Cowen and Index Matamoros Chairman Rolando González Barrón.

According to Cowen, the MOU with Index Matamoros memorializes a collaborative relationship between GBIC and Index that strengthens the bond between the organizations and develops a mutually cooperative process that identifies and provides competitive strategies that foster economic development in the region.

Editor’s Note: Here is a podcast featuring that MOU:


GBIC-Workforce Solutions Cameron MOU

GBIC’s MOU with Workforce Solutions Cameron was signed by Cowen and Workforce Solutions Cameron Executive Director Pat Hobbs.

Cowen said GBIC and WFSC are working together for the betterment of Brownsville.  Through their collaboration over the last two years, the two groups have been able to secure over $3.5 million in training dollars through the Skills Development Fund Grant and the High Demand Job Training Grant. This, Cowen said, has resulted in upscaling and positively impacting the lives of thousands of Brownsville residents.

“Obviously, this MOU signifies our intent to more closely with Workforce Solutions Cameron to make sure we identify together a path forward to building a stronger workforce pipeline,” Cowen told the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service.

Hobbs told the Guardian: “We’re ready to collaborate more than ever before. I think it’s going to be more and more important to to work together with all the EDCs. We recently received a convener grant that is designed to bring all the heavy hitters and workforce groups together. To try and figure out the gaps in our workforce with so many new developments happening here. And then to figure out ways to fill those gaps. It is a two-year project, but I may speed it up a little bit if I can.”

Editor’s Note: Here is a copy of the GBIC-Index Matamoros MOU

Editor’s Note: Here is a copy of the GBIC-Workforce Solutions Cameron MOU

Other GBIC news

Jerry Briones has started as interim executive director and CEO of GBIC. He replaces Constanza Miner who has been named chief administrative officer for Brownsville Public Utilities Board. 

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