Next up for RGVP’s Commercial & Investment Tour: Weslaco


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WESLACO, Texas – The next leg in the Rio Grande Valley Partnership’s tour highlighting investment opportunities in the region focuses on Weslaco.

Panel discussions with Weslaco leaders and a bus tour of the city will take place on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. 

Steve Valdez

“We have got a lot of great sites to show those on the tour but we are going to do things a little differently,” said Steve Valdez, executive director of Weslaco Economic Development Corporation.

“There have been some elements to Weslaco that have been a setback. For example, we have had publicity over the flooding. So we will have our city engineer talk about all the plans we have going on in terms of mitigating the flooding.”

The RGVP calls its monthly visits to the Valley’s various cities the Commercial & Investment Tour. Among those attracted to the tours are real estate agents, land developers, and investors. They learn about retail and industrial sites that are primed for development.

Valdez said Weslaco plans to host a panel-style discussion before the bus tour.

“We will have some city officials, we will have some developers and then, we are opening up a new industrial park so we will have some industry leaders there as well,” he said.

Weslaco EDC’s flyer for the tour says these special guests will have speaking roles: State Rep. Armando Martinez, Hidalgo County Commissioner David Fuentes, Weslaco Mayor David Suarez, South Texas College President Ricardo J. Solis, along with Valdez.

Marie Garcia

The panel discussions will take place at City Hall from 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM on Dec. 2. Weslaco EDC will give a presentation from 9:30 AM 11 AM. The bus tour is slated to run from 11:15 AM to 12 noon.

The flyer is titled Why Weslaco Works.

The original idea for the tours came from Marie Garcia, public relations manager with Sames Engineering and Surveying, and Gabriel Garza of Credit Management Concepts. RGVP liked the idea so much it offered to join the program and host the tours. Premier sponsors have included Coldwell Banker Commercial-Rio Grande Valley, Atlas Electrical, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Plumbing. Sames, and VTX 1.

During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic the RGVP tours were virtual. Virtual tours took place in the cities of Rio Grande City, Edinburg, Harlingen, McAllen, San Juan and Hidalgo. In-person tours returned earlier this year with a visit to Pharr. This was followed by in-person visits to Brownsville, Alton, the Port of Brownsville, and Edinburg.

Garcia, of Sames Engineering and Surveying, remains one of the key organizers of the tours. 

“We are really excited to be visiting Weslaco. We had a great turnout at our last event, in Edinburg. It is a testament of what can happen when everyone comes together for a common vision, which is the economic betterment and economic development of our region,” Garcia said.

The Weslaco tour is the last one of 2021. Garcia said RGVP’s calendar for 2022 is already filling up.

“We are real excited about 2022. We have several economic development corporations that want to come back and have us revisit their city. A great lineup scheduled,” Garcia said.

“A lot of credit must go to Sergio for his leadership and his vision. He makes sure we collaborate with everyone in the entire Rio Grande Valley so we can showcase the uniqueness of each EDC and city we visit.”

Garcia was referring to Sergio Contreras, president of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership.

“There is a synergy to these tours, with everyone supporting one another. Sergio has set the tone for that. We all have the same vision, to see the Valley improve.”

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