In 1910, secretary of the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce Louis Cobolini championed the ambitious plan of a deepwater port for Brownsville. He insisted upon a major port and channel facility capable of handling ships from all over the world. Today, Cobolini’s vision has paid dividends as the port is now a major deepwater seaport along the U.S.-Mexico border.
During the Port of Brownsville’s 85th anniversary reception Oct. 21, Brownsville Navigation District Board of Commissioners Chairman Sergio Tito Lopez, Vice Chairman Ralph Cowen, Secretary Esteban Guerra, Commissioner John Wood and Commissioner John Reed were recognized as “Men of Vision” who have contributed to the port’s mission to develop economic opportunities, provide the best transportation facilities and improve quality of life throughout the region.
Port Director and CEO Eduardo A. Campirano attributed the success of the port to the commitment of port tenants, users, employees and partners.
Today, the Port of Brownsville is the economic engine of the region supporting more than 51,000 jobs across the state and 8,500 jobs in the Rio Grande Valley. The port also infuses $3 billion into Texas’ economy annually.