The Starr County Economic Development Summit: Shaping the Future, a strategic planning summit, takes place July 12. The event will focus on developing a roadmap for Starr County. This will allow for economic and community development that is “driven, transparent, adaptable and whose shared success is measurable.”
In late 2018, South Texas College and the Starr County Industrial Foundation received a $100,000 federal planning grant to assist in updating the county’s strategic plan. This summit is a culmination of community forums by the SCIF. From those forums came vital data in relation to the area’s strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
“We learned so much about the issues affecting our community and this information will allow us to continue to expand our economic development efforts for continued coordinated growth,” said Starr County Judge Eloy Vera.
The data will be of use in improving recruitment and expansion opportunities in the region.
“While recent economic indicators confirm significant progress in our community, we recognize that there is still much work to be done,” said Rose Benavidez, SCIF president. “As part of our ongoing strategies for advancement we will launch our new digital asset mapping during the forum.”
The event will feature a keynote Texas Legislative Luncheon. It will include senators Judith Zaffirini, Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa and Eddie Lucio Jr. as well as Representative Ryan Guillen.
The Starr County Economic Development Summit takes place from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the STC – Starr County Campus Student Activities Event Center