MCALLEN, Texas – Matt Ruszczak has left the Council for South Texas Economic Progress, otherwise known as COSTEP.

He has been vice president of economic development for COSTEP for the past 18 months. Before that he served as executive director of Rio South Texas Economic Council (RSTEC) for just over five years.

Ruszczak made the announcement on LinkedIn. He said:

“Yesterday marked my last day of serving COSTEP and the #RioSouthTexas region as VP of Economic Development. I am incredibly grateful to the COSTEP Team (correction: the COSTEP Family), the COSTEP Board, and the COSTEP Sponsors for the opportunity to advance the cause of #EconDev across the region and do my small part to lay a foundation for future #manufactuing #DDI and #FDI in high growth industries. 

“COSTEP leadership’s enthusiastic vision of a brighter future for the people of the region, and their commitment of time and resources to that vision, is an inspiration, and I am blessed to have had the opportunity to contribute my effort to that very worthy cause. I am excited to see how COSTEP will build on what was accomplished over the past few years and take it to the next level in the future. I am enthusiastically cheering for their success, as it will be the success of the region.”

Ruszczak did not say what his next career move would be.

“I am also enthusiastic about what the future holds for me, but that will be the subject of future posts. So, if you are interested, please stay tuned. Today is about my gratitude to the COSTEP Family, the COSTEP Board, the COSTEP Sponsors, and the Friends of COSTEP. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you, and with you, in the worthy cause of making the #RioSouthTexas region a more prosperous place! Mil Gracias!”

In addition to specializing in economic development for COSTEP and RSTEC, Ruszczak has also been chapter relations and development manager for the Texas Restaurant Association in Austin, and city manager for Rio Grande City. He also previously worked for the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, the Mission Chamber of Commerce, and UT-Pan American.

Editor’s Note: Click here to watch Ruszczak’s most recent analysis on sales tax revenues in the Rio Grande Valley.

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