U.S. Congressman Filemon Vela, (D-34) and others made a special visit to C.K. Technologies in Brownsville to get a up close and personal look at the industry being created near the border..
One thing not on the agenda was the border wall.
“That noise is what’s important. That’s noise is the most important noise,” said Joe Esparza, Deputy Secretary of State for the State of Texas.
That’s the sound of progress, innovation, and jobs in the Rio Grande Valley. The Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation (GDIC) hosted a visit to C.K. Technologies on Thursday to showcase the growth of jobs in Cameron County.
“Recruit local citizens and give them high paying jobs. So again, we want to create opportunities for our people in our own backyard,” said Mario Lozoya, GBIC executive director.
Those jobs include more than 1,100 jobs added in the greater Brownsville area in the last year, with an annual economic impact of over $42 million. But despite those numbers, the Valley continues to be fighting a negative narrative.
“I think this administration’s rhetoric about the border and our relationship with Mexico is not helpful with respect to building our region’s national narrative as a region open to manufacturing like you see here,” Vela explained, a Democratic congressman representing Texas’s 34th district.
And the Brownsville GDIC has a plan to change the story going forward.
“When I fly to Washington D.C., I hear it a lot,” Lozoya added. “But when I go to Austin, I hear it a little bit, and when I come to the Valley, I don’t hear it at all. Because it’s not an issue here.”
The Brownsville GDIC hopes to include a new R&D center and industrial park in the next few years that will benefit the entire Rio Grande Valley.