Forty community leaders and stakeholders from the Rio Grande Valley recently traveled to Washington, D.C. for the second annual RGV2DC fly-in. During their time in D.C., attendees met with members of Congress, including senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and Congressman Beto O’Rourke.
Mayor of McAllen Mayor Jim Darling; elected officials from Mission, Pharr, and Brownsville; as well as senior leadership from the RGV Partnership, University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley, South Texas College, and the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council are among those who joined this year’s RGV2DC.
“It is critical for our region to speak with one voice to our lawmakers and the RGV2DC visit allowed us to do just that,” UTRGVs Vice President of Government Relations Veronica Gonzales. “It also gave us a great opportunity to network with leaders from across the RGV, and to receive updates from lawmakers in both formal and informal settings.”
The delegation also met with federal agency officials to promote economic growth and job creation across the Rio Grande Valley. In addition, the group was in attendance at the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute Border Trade Alliance Conference.
“The diverse group of business and community leaders that were part of RGV2DC took the charge at the Capitol to promote business expansion, education, healthcare, international trade, port of entry upgrades for our local communities,” RGV Partnership President and CEO Sergio Contreras said. “The RGV Partnership will continue to collaborate with the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council as we engage with members of Congress to advocate for our regions priorities.”