Ramiro Garza Named New Chair of RSTEC for 2015

Edinburg City Manager Ramiro Garza has been appointed chairman of the Rio South Texas Economic Council for 2015.

The rest of the leadership team comprises Rebeca Castillo, of Brownsville Community Improvement Corp., as vice chair, Pete Gonzalez, of the City of Brownsville, as secretary, Keith Patridge, of McAllen Economic Development Corp., as treasurer, and Eddie Campirano, of the Port of Brownsville, as immediate past chair.

RSTEC was created in 2008. In the past it has attended major trade shows to help lure major manufacturing companies to the Valley. In recent years, however, it has taken on more of a marketing role, seeking to promote the Valley in a positive light and fight negative coverage in the national media. An example of this came during last year’s surge in undocumented immigration from Central America, when it helped frame the message that the inflow of children from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador was a humanitarian crisis not a national security crisis.

RSTEC Board Meeting. [Courtesy of Rio Grande Guardian]

“We are going to continue to work to help bring communities together. It is a great way to do that, with an organization like RSTEC, which exists to promote the region, Garza told the Rio Grande Guardian, at the end of a RSTEC board meeting held last Friday at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance.

“I am looking forward to that and working with these great leaders. I think the goal will be…

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