MISSION, Texas – One of the top priorities for then-Mission City Council member Nori Gonzalez Garza when she was running for mayor was establishing a UT-Rio Grande Valley presence in her city.

Last week, Mayor Gonzalez Garza achieved her goal. UTRGV’s Office of Workforce and Economic Development announced it was setting up a satellite office or “hub” in Mission’s Center for Education & Economic Development.

The mayor could not be present at the news conference. However, Mission City Manager Randy Perez was. In his remarks, Perez said small businesses would benefit from having UTRGV in the CEED building.

Among the services that will be provided are city and economic development corporation performance impacts which include businesses created and expanded, jobs created and expanded, and trainings. 

The CEED building is located at 801 Bryan Road.

Teclo Garcia, CEO of Mission Economic Development Corporation, said that through its programs and services, UTRGV’s Office of Workforce and Economic Development is dedicated to advancing regional workforce and business development across the RGV.

Garcia noted that there are six departments within UTRGV’s Office of Workforce and Economic Development, including the Small Business Development Center, Veterans Business Outreach Center and the Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Center, among others.

Garcia said the collaboration between his organization and UTRGV will support entrepreneurs and business owners in their efforts to succeed in today’s competitive marketplace by providing quality business advisement and training to both existing and prospective business owners.

“We are excited to partner with UTRGV, to promote economic development in the Rio Grande Valley,” Mission EDC CEO Teclo Garcia said. “This partnership will enable us to expand our outreach and provide more extensive support to entrepreneurs and local business owners.”

Garcia said he was very appreciative of UTRGV’s willingness to work with Mission EDC, and he thanked the EDC board for its support and leadership on the project.

Editor’s Note: The Rio Grande Guardian International News Service interviewed Garcia at the news conference. Here is the interview:


Editor’s Note: The main offices for UTRGV’s Office of Workforce and Economic Development are housed at the CESS Building in Edinburg and the new eBridge Center in Brownsville, which opened on March 9. 

Editor’s Note: To learn more about UTRGV’s Office of Workforce and Economic Development, visit https://www.utrgv.edu/economic-development/.

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