Hi, I am Dalinda Guillen, executive director for the Rio Grande City EDC. The board of directors of the Rio Grande City EDC join me in welcoming you to our community. 

Rio Grande City is a distinctive city, unique in its history and in its location along the U.S.-Mexico border. It serves as a gateway for travelers, tourists, and business enterprise. 

Rio Grande City offers easy access to major highways, international ports of entry, rail lines and is is a short 40 miles from daily commercial flights at the McAllen Miller International Airport. 

Rio Grande City provides remarkably affordable living, quality education and a young, dynamic workforce. It is also home to a strong business community with a comfortable mix of national and locally-owned businesses. 

Rio Grande City provides strategic benefits and economic opportunities. Our virtual tour is by no means everything we have to offer but a good feel for what is here. 

Dalinda Guillen, executive director of Rio Grande City EDC.

Just south of our beautiful city hall in eastern Rio Grande City lies 49 acres of commercial property ready for development. It is part of the Trophy Plex Subdivision and it is up the street from four gated residential neighborhoods and the Dr. Mario Ramirez Elementary School, a campus of the RGCISD Public Schools. Nearby utilities along Trophy Street include a 12-inch sewer line and 12-inch water line. There is also newly completed construction nearby, including a 12,500 square foot events center which is beautifully decorated with just the right amount of ballroom space and a 60,000 square foot nursing and rehabilitation center, providing comfortable assisted living and nursing care. 

The Rio Grande Village commercial plaza is a 29-acre development and will feature retail, office, and lodging. The first of several businesses coming to the development is currently under construction and other are expected to quickly follow. This is the largest commercial development project in the city of Rio Grande City and we are excited for the economic opportunities it brings to our community. 

The Rio Grande City EDC is developing a nine-acre business park located in the busy commercial district of Rio Grande City, just north of the newly formed Rio Grande Village retail development. It lies about a quarter mile from the U.S. Highway 83 intersection at FM 755, where traffic counts average over 50,000 cars daily. The business park shall be equipped with infrastructure necessary for new construction. With all the rapid growth in our city, a significant amount of effort is being spent in upgrading existing infrastructure to accommodate new development. 

Just north of the commercial plaza and south of the future Rio Grande City EDC business park is approximately 27 acres of light industrial parkland. It is part of a multi-million dollar project to develop nearly 100 acres of idle land in a key location just minutes from the port of entry crossing in Rio Grande City. It makes an appealing backdrop for internationally-minded manufacturing, logistics, and distribution operations.

Within close proximity a new warehousing and cold storage facility in Rio Grande City continues to move forward. This project reinforces our location for logistics and distribution. 

Northwest of the EDC business park and along the realigned FM 755 lies 42 acres of property. It is half a mile from US Highway 38 on FM 755. This undeveloped property has rolling terrain, high visibility, high traffic, and lots of potential. Further north of this acreage on FM 755, approximately one and a quarter mile is the proposed start of State Loop 195. This 17.24 acre loop will stretch west and create development opportunities along its route. There is land for both commercial and residential development in the area suitable for projects. 

On FM 3167 in west Rio Grande City you’ll find Starr County Memorial Hospital and various medical clinics in the immediate vicinity. A current project in development is fixing to add nearly 20,000 square feet of construction for a medical office, pharmacy, and satellite branch for a Valley-owned bank adding value and convenience to the area.

In the same area, new and expanding industries have the convenient access to workforce training customized around their needs. At South Texas College and the UTRGV’s Starr County campuses.

While Rio Grande City offers a wide variety and growing number of national chain establishments, our historic downtown is home to local businesses who enjoy the culture and neighborly setting it provides. Rio Grande City’s Main Street is nationally accredited and encourages downtown revitalization through preservation. Opportunities in the downtown area are available online at downtowntx.org

Editor’s Note: The above commentary was provided by Dalinda Guillen, executive director of Rio Grande City in a video produced by the EDC. The commentary appears in the Rio Grande Guardian with the permission of the author.

Editor’s Note: The above guest column is the third in a three-part series on Rio Grande City and a virtual tour of the city hosted by the Rio Grande Valley Partnership. Click here to read Part One, and here to read Part Two.

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