BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation has formally announced the selection of Cori Peña as its new President/CEO. 

Peña is a native of Brownsville and studied at the University of Texas at Brownsville. She began her professional career in economic development 17 years ago and joined BCIC 12 years ago as a project coordinator. 

During her initial years with BCIC, Peña oversaw numerous quality of life projects such as the Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts, improvements at Gladys Porter Zoo, and the community’s nationally recognized hike and bike trail system that spans over 32 miles across Brownsville.

“The board of directors believes Ms. Peña’s skillset and long-time experience with the organization make her the clear choice to lead BCIC and continue the momentum we have built over the years, said Traci Wickett, BCIC board chair.

Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation (BCIC) is a “Type B” economic development organization. Its mission is to “enhance the quality of life of its residents through innovative and equitable economic development initiatives.”

It has a lofty vision. It is for Brownsville to “represent the country as an innovative leader in fostering business development and quality of life.”

In her new capacity, Peña has been tasked with helping BCIC grow economically through strategic partnerships with local businesses and organizations, as well as city managers. 

She is also expected to help BCIC continue to be an active member of the community by working with other non-profit organizations and government agencies.

“I am honored to work with outstanding staff, board members, and city officials who are all working to energize our city and propel our community forward. I am committed to developing a new approach to economic growth that complements our city’s competitiveness by giving our human capital the resources it needs to thrive and investing in the strategic infrastructure needed to drive innovation,” Peña said.

Wickett, BCIC’s board chair, said Peña primary focus will be building strong business and community partnerships that will facilitate making the Brownsville community more competitive. 

“As the doors of eBridge Center for Business and Commercialization will open later this summer, Peña will focus on growing the ecosystem of entrepreneurs to provide the connections, support, and resources to make our entrepreneur community thrive,” a news release from BCIC states.

“She will also be developing a partnership with key stakeholders to develop and implement more economic programs and incentives that will focus on supporting our downtown revitalization, workforce development training, and innovative quality of life projects that will further the development of Brownsville’s unique assets.”

The previous president and CEO of BCIC was Josh Mejia. He announced his resignation a month ago and was later name president and CEO of McAllen Chamber of Commerce.


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