The Mission Economic Development Corporation recently received a $3 million grant to aid in the improvement of the city’s infrastructure. These improvements will protect the city against future natural disasters and strengthen areas that will house manufacturing operations.
The grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration will fund critical infrastructure improvements to support the growth of Mission’s Shary Village Industrial Park and surrounding areas. In addition, a local $750,000 local investment matches the grant. Along with creating more than 300 jobs for residents, the grant is expected to spur more than $57 million in private investment.
“It’s been a tough year in terms of COVID-19 and the harsh impact it has had on our community,” said Daniel Silva, CEO of the Mission EDC. “With this grant, we’ll be able to get hundreds of locals back to work while making improvements to our city’s south side. This project will be of great benefit not just to our residents, but to those hoping to do business within the city of Mission, as well.”
Projects will include drainage, electricity and roadway improvements, as well as other updates to the city’s south side. This area of Mission will house the upcoming Killem Development addition to the city’s industrial zones.
“Manufacturing plays a vital role in our city’s economy,” said Silva. “We’re thankful that the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council helped make this possible.”