Port of Brownsville hosts groundbreaking ceremony for 118-acre business park 

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – The Port of Brownsville continues to funnel more economic development.

The deep-water facility broke ground on a 118-acre business park that officials hope will entice potential businesses to bring their operations here.

The multi-million-dollar project is being built with port revenues and will be suited for light manufacturing and logistics.

Port and business officials met Thursday, June 22, at the site where the shovel-ready park will be built.

“We have been working on this project for the last eighteen months,” Esteban Guerra, the chairman of the Brownsville Navigation District Commissioners Board, said. “This is going to cost several million dollars and what we want here is to create more jobs.”

The port generates some 5,000 direct and tens of thousands indirect jobs.

Guerra said they hope the new park will result in an increase in jobs.

“This is a testament of the great success of the navigation district,” he said. ”The port is the future of the local and regional economy.”

John Reed, a BND commissioner, agreed.

“We have been talking and working on this project for years,” Reed said. “It’s exciting that it’s now happening.”

Eduardo ‘Eddie’ Campirano, the port’s director, said he was thrilled to see so many people at the groundbreaking and thanked everybody for supporting the seaport.

“This park symbolizes our continued growth and prosperity to our community,” Campirano said. “This will provide another opportunity to expand and to attract more businesses to the port.”

Whenever a prospective company looks for a place to relocate it wants to know what is available, Campirano said.

The new park will accomplish that because having the infrastructure in place can make a big difference.

Campirano said the park is in a unique location as it will have water, railway and truck accessibility.

In addition to the business park, the port is currently engaged in a number of capital projects.

That includes the expansion of its patios, dock rehabilitations and the Brazos Island Improvement projects that will deepen the ship channel to 56 feet to handle bigger cargo ships.

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