MISSION, RGV – Alex Meade, CEO of the Mission Economic Development Corporation and the Mission Economic Development Authority, resigned Thursday at a special meeting of the boards. 

Daniel Silva, MEDC’s current chief operating officer, will take over as the new CEO following Meade’s last day on Friday.

After the announcement, Meade was named as city manager for the City of Pharr.

After the vote to accept his resignation, the Mission EDC board thanked Meade for his years of work and spoke confidently of Silva in his new role. Meade said he never planned on staying more than three years at the MEDC and was grateful to have served seven, but he believed it was now time to move on.

“It was an opportunity that I thought I’d never get again – to be able to start an EDC from the ground up,” said Meade. “… And we were able to do it, … and we’re fortunate to have a board like you all and a city council that supported us to be able to have a facility like this. Thank you.” 

At present, he is unable to speak about his new position but said an announcement from the entity will be made soon. He did, however, echo confidence in Silva’s ability to head the organizations, and assured that the transition will be smooth. 

“When is comes to being ready, he is more than ready,” said Meade. “He knows everything about the community and the organizations, so I’m excited for him and his next steps.”

He continued, “This is a great transition … because we are at a perfect spot where companies that we had recruited, where we had helped with, you know, all those things were closed down … We bought this [Center for Education and Economic Development] building last month in October, and so I can leave knowing that the biggest projects that we had in place were literally closed down, and moving forward … he [Silva] will be able to take on new projects.”

Mission Mayor Armando O’Caña also praised Silva, enthusing about the assets his experience and background bring.

“His 14 years [of] experience, his educational level and expertise, technology being the new kid in town in Mission … that’s some of the reasons why we selected him without hesitation,” said O’Caña.

Silva, who has a master’s degree in public administration and bachelor’s in computer information systems and business administration, said one of his goals as the new CEO is to have residents to be ready for the jobs of tomorrow. 

“I want to create more opportunities for the citizens here in Mission to have the ability to learn new skills,” said Silva. “I want to prepare them for when we bring down new companies into our industrial park or to Sharyland Plantation … I want to make sure we have an adequate workforce for these companies as they are going to be looking for individuals that have skill sets in technology and with entrepreneurial type mindsets.”

While Meade leaves behind a great legacy, Silva says he looks forward to the writing the next chapter.

“I believe that I’m ready,” said Silva. “I love Mission. I live here in Mission. I’ve lived here in Mission for 14 years, and I like what’s going on here in the city. I like the leadership, the direction of the board … and I’m excited to continue and move forward with it.”

Pharr Selects Alex Meade as City Manager

Here is a news release from the City of Pharr about Alex Meade’s appointment as city manager:

Pharr Selects Alex Meade as City Manager

PHARR, Texas – At its regular meeting held on October 15, 2018, the Pharr city commission approved the advertising of an employment opportunity for a city manager after the resignation of former city manager, Juan Guerra. The city commission also authorized Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez, M.D. to negotiate and enter into city manager employment agreements. Deputy City Manager Ed Wylie was appointed interim city manager until the permanent position was filled.

After deliberation and review of interested applicants, Pharr has selected Alejandro “Alex” Meade as its new city manager. Meade carries a wealth of government and managerial experience, most notably serving as the first CEO for Mission Economic Development Corporation (EDC). During his tenure, Meade helped attract projects that offered significant job creation and capital investment in excess of $300 million and more than 1,000 jobs. Meade also established the Center for Education and Economic Development (CEED) in Mission, which fosters entrepreneurial and creative co-working, training opportunities, and workforce development. Meade implemented workforce development programs that have been recognized at the local, state and federal levels, and was the recipient of a special “Innovation Award” from the Progress Times newspaper’s annual citizenship awards.

Prior to his tenure with Mission EDC, Meade was principal at P3 Economics, wherein he consulted multiple communities across South Texas, providing strategic planning, site selection, and business development services. He also worked with communities, local officials, and business and industry leaders to develop strategies to create partnerships in response to challenges, and helped organizations access and negotiate funding from federal, state and local agencies. Meade has also been recognized for his leadership at the state level, having been recently appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to the Texas State Technical College System Board of Regents and previously appointed by Governor Abbott to the Texas Economic Development Corporation.

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above story shows Mission Economic Development Corporation’s board of directors and some of its staff. Pictured in the middle, in the blue suit, is Alex Meade. To Meade’s right is Daniel Silva. To Meade’s left is Mission Mayor Armando O’Caña.