Video: Former Brownsville mayor explains why South Texas Alliance of Cities matters

HARLINGEN, Texas – Former Brownsville Mayor Trey Mendez has explained why he believes the South Texas Alliance of Cities is important.

Mendez, an attorney, recently attended a meeting of the new group at the corporate offices of Texas Regional Bank in Harlingen. There, elected officials representing six Rio Grande Valley cities joined San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg in signing a compact to set up the structure of the alliance.

The elected officials that signed the compact represent San Antonio, Brownsville, Harlingen, Weslaco, Edinburg, McAllen and Mission. 

Mendez said there is value for Valley cities to work together. But, he said, there is even greater value if those Valley cities join forces with San Antonio. 

“That, to me, is powerful because of our demographics, because of the socio-economics we have from San Antonio down. There’s a lot of similarities between San Antonio and the RGV. So it makes all the sense in the world to be partners, and looking at how we can leverage our relationship and our strength as a region from San Antonio down to increase the opportunities for all of our residents in South Texas as a whole,” Mendez said.

Here is a video recording of part of Mendez’s remarks:


Editor’s Note: The above video is the second in a three-part series of video stories recorded at a recent meeting of the South Texas Alliance of Cities. Click here to watch Part One, featuring San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. Part Three, featuring Edinburg Mayor Ramiro Garza, will be featured in our next edition.

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