Rio Grande Valley Leaders From RSTEC Hosting Town Hall Meeting Series

What: Community town hall meeting and panel discussion featuring local economic development experts sharing a regional approach to promoting and marketing the Rio Grande Valley. Learn about a current communications initiative to manage negative publicity and begin positive messaging. This will be the first of a series of community gatherings held throughout the Valley to seek involvement and ideas for the Valley’s future and communicating a positive image.

Who: Members of the Rio South Texas Economic Council (RSTEC) including the event partners from the Harlingen, San Benito and Primera Economic Development Corporations joined by Texas State Technical College. RSTEC is a coalition of economic development corporations, chambers of commerce, cities and counties, institutions, businesses and professionals that have organized to facilitate positive economic growth for the Valley.

Why: The Valley has been historically shortchanged both politically and economically but there are significant developments unfolding that provide tremendous opportunity for the region. This discussion will include conversations about the Burgos Basin shale field in Mexico, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Mexico’s new coast-to-coast highway, I-69, advanced manufacturing, and global corporations considering relocation to the Valley.

When: Tuesday, October 14, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Texas State Technical College, Cultural Arts Building, 1825 N. Loop 499, Harlingen, Texas, 78550.

Contact: Alma Puente Colleli, RSTEC Executive Director, at (956)928-0641or email

Participants: The public and business community from the Harlingen area is invited. RSTEC members from throughout the entire Rio Grande Valley will be in attendance.

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