Hello, I am Helen Ramirez, CEO and executive director of the Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation, also known as GBIC.

I also serve as the city’s deputy city manager.

Join me as we tour investment opportunities in Brownsville, South Texas, located on the international border with Mexico.

We are home to SpaceX’s Starbase, the only launch site in Texas where the Musk Foundation has dedicated a whopping $10 million towards revitalization of one of the most historic cities in Texas, downtown Brownsville. If Elon Musk is investing in Brownsville, why don’t you?

Helen Ramirez

Maybe it is because we are one of the few if any cities in the country that have five modes of transportation: space, maritime port, rail, airport, and interstate highways. When it comes to international maritime shipping the Port of Brownsville is the region’s maritime hub. Large, innovative companies have a presence there. In addition, the port is also the grantee to Foreign Trade Zone No. 62, ranked No. 2 in the nation in export value.

Our Brownsville-South Padre Island International Airport has direct flights to Dallas and Houston via American Airlines and United Airlines. It is a new 91,000 square-foot, $70 million international airport. It is also the closest regional airport to South Padre Island, SpaceX, and the Port of Brownsville.

The City of Brownsville is a business-friendly community who has invested over $20 million on a broadband and fiber plan. It has also revamped its 2020 zoning and building codes. We have an open-for-business and can-do attitude.

GBIC owns a 729 acre industrial park with frontage on Interstate 169. We call it our North Corridor Industrial Park. It is located one mile from I-69, seven miles from the Port of Brownsville and nine miles from our airport. It is also considered a focus site according to the UPRR. If you are looking to move in now we have over 600,000 square feet of available space on 108 acres at 6700 Paredes Line.

GBIC also provides incentives for job creation and job training. So, whether you are an entrepreneur, a start-up, a small or large company we help expedite the permitting process and navigate you through the incentives programs that we have with other entities such as Workforce Solutions, Cameron County, the school district and the State of Texas.

GBIC owns the 73-acre North Brownsville Industrial Park with utilities in place. Lots range from five to ten acres. We currently house a plastic injection molding company, a warehousing and distribution company, and a custom broker. We are working on our third company relocation in less than a year. It is right next to Interstate 169. The property has water, wastewater, natural gas, telecommunications, and electricity onsite.

If you are an aerospace and technology company you may want to locate at our new aerospace campus. It is located in and around the Brownsville-South Padre Island International Airport. We have 277 acres of property available for development from three to 68 acres. Some have runway access. And, we have also initiated a Spaceport Designation Application Process and will be announcing a new aerospace company soon.

For more information, please feel free to contact me, Helen Ramirez. Or visit our website at GreaterBrownsville.com and find out why companies such as SpaceX have chosen to locate and grow here. Be Bold. Be Brownsville.

Editor’s Note: The above commentary was given by Helen Ramirez, CEO and executive director of the Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation and deputy city manager for the City of Brownsville, at a recent webinar hosted by Rio South Texas Economic Council.


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