BROWNSVILLE, Texas – SpaceX is becoming a good corporate citizen of the Rio Grande Valley.

That is the view of Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño, Jr.

By way of example, Treviño pointed to the help SpaceX provided when 3,000 endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles were saved during the Big Freeze of February 2021. Another example, he said, was when the City of Los Indios lost power and SpaceX sent a generator.

“They are becoming, I think, a good member of the community. A lot of that stuff doesn’t get advertised or well-known because the focus, obviously, is on their business operations. But, I think they are committed to being a good corporate citizen,” Treviño said.

In response, Helen Ramirez, the City of Brownsville’s interim city manager and the Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation’s executive director, pointed out that the Musk Foundation donated $20 million to Cameron County schools and $10 million to revitalization plans for downtown Brownsville.

Ramirez and Treviño spoke about SpaceX at a recent conference co-hosted by GBIC and SelectUSA. Their discussion took the form of a Q&A, with Ramirez pitching questions to Treviño.

One of the questions posed was: Why did SpaceX choose Brownsville? Another was: What impact has SpaceX had on the Cameron County economy?

Ramirez also asked Treviño about the environmental safeguards SpaceX has had to put in place at Boca Chica, and the role of the Spaceport Development Corporation. 

The conference was titled: “The Future of Aerospace, Defense & Energy.” It was held at the Brownsville Events Center. Select USA is a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce.


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