BROWNSVILLE, Texas – UT-Rio Grande Valley’s associate vice president for workforce and economic development says every city in the region wants an eBridge Center like Brownsville’s.

Ron Garza gave an exclusive video interview to the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service following a news conference held to announce the latest Launch BTX grant. A $210,000 grant was awarded by the Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation to UTRGV’s workforce and economic development. It will help a Monterrey-based company, Future SQC Software, establish a presence in the United States via UTRGV’s Global Soft Landing Program at the eBridge Center for Business & Commercialization. 

“All the EDCs and city managers in the Rio Grande Valley, we have such a great collaborative network. So, they know what’s happening at the eBridge. And they all want one, that’s for sure. They all want one and they all can already see the value,” Garza said in his interview.

For his part Garza said he is telling other Valley cities to follow the model Brownsville has established with Launch BTX. “What Launch BTX does is use Type A EDC funds to really spur research as a way to incubate, grow and attract businesses. So, it is a different take on how to use EDC resources, and I absolutely love it.”

Here is the video interview with Garza:


Editor’s Note: The above news story is the fourth in a four-part series on GBIC awarding a BTX Grant to UTRGV’s workforce and economic development department. Part One features the perspective of UTRGV’s dean of engineering and computer science, Ala Qubbaj. Click here to watch it. Part Two features the perspective of Future SQC Software founder Eduardo Cerda. Click here to watch it. Part Three features the perspective of Brownsville City Manager Helen Ramirez. Click here to read it.

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