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In honor of the 90th anniversary of the International Economic Development Corporation, Commissioners Court has designated May 8-14, as Economic Development Week in Hidalgo County.
People who work in economic development partner with industries, brokers, and other key allies to produce the proper business climate that result in the creation of high-quality jobs, vibrant communities, and better quality of life in their regions, said representatives from three local Economic Development Corporations at Commissioners Court Tuesday.
Those who work in economic development profession also play a major role in the region's long term success by addressing issues vital to businesses such as workforce availability, training, international trade, direct foreign investment, incentives and reduced cost of operations.
On hand to help celebrate Economic Development Week were Sergio Contreras, interim executive director of the Pharr EDC, Mario Lizcano, Pharr EDC board member, Karina Cardoza, Pharr EDC, Cynthia Garza, Pharr EDC, Keith Patridge, president and CEO of the McAllen EDC, and Gus Garcia, executive director of the Edinburg EDC.
"We are very proud and fortunate to be living in the Rio Grande Valley, where international trade continues to flourish thanks to our partners in Mexico," said Contreras, adding that Mexico trade partners generate $200 billion a year. "So we are fortunate that we have ports of entry that continue to support this trade."
Hidalgo County leaders work closely with local, state, federal, and international partners to help spur economic development, foster growth, and to promote trade and commerce here, said Michael Leo, the county's Economic Development director.
"We've been doing this for over 29 years here and over that period of time we have created in total over 169,000 jobs with the companies that we have brought in," said Patridge.