What is RGV2020?

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is a strategy-driven plan for regional economic development. The CEDS is the result of a "regionally- owned" planning process designed to guide the economic prosperity and resiliency of an area or region. It provides a coordinating mechanism for individuals, organizations, local governments, and private industry to engage in a meaningful conversation and debate about the economic direction of their region.


LRGVDC announced the launch of the RGV2020, a "special-edition" CEDS plan in October 2017. This plan will classify regional goals, identify, and prioritize key projects that shall be initiated and implemented by the year 2020. RGV2020 is a strategy-driven plan for regional economic development; it's the Valley's Economic "Playbook" for the immediate future.

The RGV2020 process will involve a comprehensive needs assessment of the Valley and include an in-depth analysis of regional strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats (commonly known as a "SWOT" analysis).

The process will include an online survey and a series of RGV2020 Stakeholder Forums hosted across the Valley where the community, stakeholders, government and elected officials, and area leaders are invited to participate in.

Input will be gathered across a range of Economic Development categories including:

  • Education & Workforce
  • RGV Destinations, Geographic Assets & Quality of Life Factors
  • Urban & Rural Entrepreneurship
  • Industry, Growth, Diversity & Resilience
  • Transportation, Technology & Infrastructure
  • Foreign Trade & International Competitiveness

RGV 2020 Executive Steering Committee

RGV2020 is driven and led by a 13-member Executive Steering Committee comprised of a diverse group of economic development authorities from across the Rio Grande Valley focused on collaborating to facilitate a unified, regional process of value to the entire RGV community. This Executive Steering Committee will be evaluating information feasibility and project prioritizations before making final recommendations to LRGVDC Board of Directors.

Dr. Arturo Cavazos, Superintendent of Schools Harlingen CISD
Eduardo Campirano, Port Director & CEO Port of Brownsville
Frank Almaraz, Chief Executive Officer Workforce Solutions
Gilberto Salinas, Interim Executive Director Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation
Juan Guerra, City Manager City of Pharr
Judge Aurelio Guerra Willacy County
Keith Patridge, President & CEO McAllen Economic Development Corporation
Matt Ruszczak, Executive Director Rio South Texas Economic Council
Mike R. Perez, City Manager City of Weslaco
Pat Hobbs, Executive Director Workforce Solutions--Cameron County
Ron Garza, Executive Director Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council
Sergio Contreras, President & CEO RGV Partnership
Veronica Gonzales, Vice President for Governmental & Community Relations University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley

LRGVDC-Economic Development District

The Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council was designated as the region's Economic Development District (EDD) on March 16, 1967. A primary responsibility of maintaining this designation by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration is to lead the locally- based, regionally driven economic development planning process that leverages the involvement of the public, private and non-profit sectors to establish a strategic blueprint (i.e., an economic development roadmap) for regional collaboration.

For additional questions and information, please contact:

Blanca Davila, Economic Development Specialist - Bdavila@lrgvdc.org

Terrie Salinas, Economic Development Director - Tsalinas@lrgvdc.org

Ron Garza, LRGVDC Executive Director - Ron.Garza@lrgvdc.org

Online Survey: http://bit.ly/RGV2020

Stakeholder Forum Dates: