MCALLEN, Texas – After a top software developer at Zoho praised McAllen’s leadership, the city’s economic development corporation returned the compliment.

Zoho is global software development company. Tejas Gadhia runs the company’s McAllen office. In a recent interview with the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service, Gadhia said the City of McAllen and its EDC has been “amazing” to work with.

Via LinkedIn, McAllen Economic Development Corporation responded:

“Working with the team from Zoho has been a wonderful experience. Our focus has always been to attract investment to the region, and as in Zoho’s case, they came looking for a new site here in the Rio Grande Valley. 

Our team, in partnership with the City of McAllen, have worked diligently with Zoho’s leadership and continue to help them grow in McAllen. This collaborative effort brings new opportunities to McAllen and (Hidalgo) county residents that have an interest in high-tech jobs that bring a new work culture to the region. 

“Giving our community a new opportunity is always rewarding; even more so when the employers overall strategy is focused on doing the same. Thank you Zoho for selecting McAllen and for your continued collaboration. To learn more about Zoho and potential job opportunities visit”

McAllen EDC helped bring Zoho to the Rio Grande Valley. The group continues to work with the company, not just with its expansion plans but also helping its suppliers relocate to the region.

In his exclusive interview with the Guardian, Gadhia was asked why Zoho chose McAllen. 

Gadhia said the company looks at things like safety, affordability, healthcare, education, and the cost of living. However, he said there was another component that is hard to quantify on a spreadsheet.

“The ‘X’ factor was really kind of just the city vibe, the city culture, something that you can’t really capture on a spreadsheet,” Gadhia said. “Just the personality of folks here and the kindness, the humbleness, (everyone is) down to earth.”

Gadhia acknowledged Zoho is “not the most flashy company.” He said the City of McAllen’s vibe matched that of the company. “You know, simple, put their head down, hardworking and that kind of just resonated a lot with us. Family oriented people too.”

Asked if he wanted to give a shoutout to the city and economic development leaders of McAllen, Gadhia said:

“So, the city has been amazing to work with. Like out of all the cities we talked to, some go above and beyond and you can just tell like the city is firing on all cylinders.”

About Zoho:

  • Zoho has been in the software development business for over 25 years. With 50+ apps, Zoho is one of the world’s most prolific business software companies. Our hallmark software product is our CRM or Customer Relations Management System software.
  • More than 80 million users around the world, across hundreds of thousands of companies, rely on Zoho everyday to run their businesses.
  • Zoho is privately held and profitable with more than 10,000+ employees. Zoho is headquartered in Austin, Texas, with international headquarters in Chennai, India. Additional offices around the world.

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above story was taken at the official opening of Zoho’s McAllen office, which is located within the McAllen Foreign Trade Zone.

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