BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation has finalized its lineup for a virtual site selector tour taking place next month.

The tour, organized in conjunction with Select USA, was to have taken place in person in June. However, the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic put paid to that. 

Instead, working with Select USA, GBIC has put together a stellar line up of speakers for the Oct. 15 event. These include Greg Kalbaugh, executive director of Select USA, who will give the welcome remarks, U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, Brownsville Mayor Trey Mendez, Mexico Institute deputy director Chris Wilson, Calixto Mateos-Hanel fromm the North American Development Bank, Eddie Campirano from the Port of Brownsville, and GBIC executive director Mario Lozoya.

“I’m excited that we are the only site on the entire U.S./Mexico Border selected for this virtual Select USA tour,” Lozoya told The Rio Grande Guardian

“We feel this will be a great opportunity for the Border Region, especially since the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement recently went live.”

Not only did the spin-off site selector tour of Brownsville not take place in June, Select USA’s annual summit in Washington, D.C., also had to be cancelled. 

SelectUSA is a U.S. government program led by the U.S. Department of Commerce whose mission is to facilitate job-creating business investment into the United States and raise awareness of the critical role that economic development plays in the U.S. economy.

Since its inception, SelectUSA has facilitated more than $64 billion in investment, creating and/or retaining over 86,000 U.S. jobs. This year’s summit runs June 1-3 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C.

GBIC has produced a digital flyer (see below) to entice foreign direct investors to register for the virtual tour. Lozoya said the flyer will also be sent to site selectors, regional developers, associations, and other economic development corporations.

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