VideoLindgren: South Texas is experiencing ‘a boom, a tsunami, an explosion of growth’

Video recording of a panel discussion involving South Texas leaders Jenna Saucedo-Herrera, Sergio Contreras, Mike Culbertson, and Gene Lindgren. 

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Gene Lindgren, president and CEO of Laredo Economic Development Corporation, says South Texas is experiencing an “explosion of growth.” 

Lindgren was a panelist at the recent South Texas Development Summit hosted by the Texas Association of Business (TAB) and held at the Omni Corpus Christi. The panel discussed how to maximize capital investment in the region. 

“We are blessed to be in Texas. South Texas is experiencing a boom, a tsunami. Just an explosion of growth that drives population and economic development,” Lindgren told the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service in an exclusive interview following the panel discussion.

“II was here to represent Laredo and talk about our demographics, our location, our workforce, the types of interest that we’re having in landing projects for Laredo. And (to talk about) diversifying our supply chain, transportation, manufacturing, technology, electric vehicles, production.”

Lindgren said he was pleased to hear from Gov. Greg Abbott and the “great” infrastructure investments Texas was making.

“I’m so proud to be in Texas, and represent Laredo here at this conference,” Lindgren added.

Lindgren was one of four leaders from across South Texas to participate in the panel discussion on maximizing capital investment for the region. 

They others were: Jenna Saucedo-Herrera, President & CEO, greater:SATX; Sergio Contreras, CEO, Atlas, Hall, & Rodriguez, LLP; and Mike Culbertson, President & CEO, Corpus Christi Regional EDC. 

The moderator was Al Arreola, CEO, United Corpus Christi Chamber. Here is the panel discussion:

After the panel discussion had ended, video-journalist Bill Dunlap asked Contreras about the importance of the conference. Here is Contreras’ response:

Here is the interview Dunlap conducted with Lindgren:

TAB Signs MoU with Five of the Top Mexican Business Organizations 

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – In other TAB news, the group’s president, Glenn Hamer has announced he has signed a memorandum of understanding with five top Mexican business organizations to enhance regional competitiveness and advance trade, investment, infrastructure, talent, and the overall economic framework. 

Hamer signed the agreement alongside Jorge Juraidini, managing director of the Consejo Coordinador Empresarial (CCE); Alejandro Gómez, managing director of the Confederación Nacional de Cámaras Industriales de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos (CONCAMIN); Juan Pablo García, managing director of the Cámara Nacional de la Industria de la Transformación en Nuevo León (CANAINTRA N.L.); Luis Manuel Hernández, president of the Consejo Nacional de la Industria Maquiladora y Manufacturera de Exportación (INDEX); and, Jesús Herrera, president of the Consejo Mexicano de Comercio Exterior, Inversión y Tecnología, región Noreste (COMCE Noreste).  

Glenn Hamer

“We are making history today,” Hamer said. “There is not another agreement of its kind in the universe and this underlines TAB’s commitment to reinforcing the Texas-Mexico relationship.”

Hamer said the signing of the MOU marks the first time TAB has collaborated with five Mexican national and state business associations that represent the highest level of leadership of the private sector. 

And in a press release from TAB stated: “This alliance seeks to improve the business climate and innovation, as well as facilitate communication, promote the exchange of best practices and experience among industry leaders, to strengthen the integration of regional sustainable value chains.”

The MOU was signed at the offices of the North American Development Bank in San Antonio, just ahead of the 2023 NADBank Summit. 

The TAB press release said NADBank is an institution that looks out for the well-being of the Mexico-United States border region. In attendance, TAB said, were distinguished companies committed to regional development, such as CEMEX. He said the CEMEX leadership and corporate vision has been fundamental in making this MOU possible.   

“The MOU is a clear example that teamwork and the conviction to promote common growth and development, are the driving forces behind the spirit of cooperation and collaboration between both nations for years to come,” the TAB press release stated.

“With a shared vision, TAB, CCE, CONCAMIN, CAINTRA NL, INDEX and COMCE Noreste, join forces to sign this unprecedented agreement in the recent history of binational business relations, with the objective of boosting competitiveness in the context of near-shoring.”

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