Since 2002, the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation (BCIC) has invested in “quality of life” projects in accordance with the Texas Development Corporation Act of 1979. 

BCIC is not only a primary source of quality of life investments but also engages in other economic development projects in accordance with state statute with the added benefit of additional administrative requirements to ensure transparency and accountability. 

The Board and staff are committed to ensuring that the resources entrusted to us are invested wisely and within the confines of the law governing economic development organizations in Texas. Our philosophy as your economic development organization is to invest in Brownsville’s human capital to ensure our people succeed in education, entrepreneurship, business development, and have a great quality of life.

As 2020 draws to a close, BCIC is happy to release its first ever annual report to showcase some of the highlights of this year. BCIC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic was swift, robust and impactful. We quickly shifted gears to respond immediately to the needs of our business community in partnership with the City of Brownsville, Brownsville Chamber of Commerce, UTRGV, the U.S. Small Business Administration, elected officials and community lenders. 

As a result of our quick action and targeted response, Brownsville was the only community in South Texas to receive an injection of $10 million directly into the economy. Additionally, BCIC successfully implemented programs to spark innovation during the upcoming economic recovery which will position Brownsville to recover more quickly than other cities across the nation.

The Board and staff are confident we are on a path to success, and we invite you to join us on this journey. I encourage you to reach out to us via email, phone or in person at our office to provide feedback and share ideas as we work together to ensure BCIC responds to the needs of our community. We are your economic development organization, and we are at your service.

Editor’s Note: The above guest column was penned by Josh Mejia, executive director of the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation. The column first appeared in an e-newsletter issued by BCIC. Mejia can be reached via email at: [email protected]

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