Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez and Henry Cuellar have announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $100,000 to South Texas College (STC) in McAllen, Texas for workforce and economic development.
This EDA investment will support South Texas College and the Starr County Industrial Foundation as they develop the Starr County Strategic Plan. The Plan will be focused on diversifying and boosting economic development throughout the Rio Grande Valley.
“There is untapped economic potential in our region,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “This funding holds the power to allow the incredible minds at South Texas College to break workforce barriers and invigorate our economy.”
“Having a highly skilled workforce is one of the key components to growing our economy,” said Congressman Cuellar. “This funding will yield lasting economic benefits for businesses and people throughout the Rio Grande Valley by allowing South Texas College to expand upon its Workforce and Economic Development Plan, providing opportunities to educate and train both their students and their workforce. It is one of the best investments we have made for the people of Southern Texas.”
“Our partnership with South Texas College has created immeasurable opportunities for meaningful economic development that is based on viable business recruitment and skills training,” President of the Starr County Industrial Foundation and Vice Chair of the South Texas College Board of Trustees, Rose Benavidez said. “This EDA grant will ensure that we maximize our joint efforts to strengthen our economic growth and set forth a plan to achieve a sustained level of success in Starr County and the region.”
“South Texas College thanks the Economic Development Administration, the Starr County Industrial Foundation, and the employers and workforce in Starr County,” President of South Texas College, Dr. Shirley A. Reed said. “Together we continue to build the partnerships and train the high-skilled workforce that leads to meaningful employment, regional prosperity, and the sustainable improvement of communities.”
The congressmen will continue to collaborate with individuals in the public and private sectors to bring innovative solutions and federal funding to South Texas.