BCIC wants Brownsville residents to help shape the city’s future

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BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation is working on a community-led strategic plan for the city. 

The idea is to create a carefully thought-out set of directions that outlines where Brownsville residents want the city to be in the next decade. 

What businesses do they want the city to attract? How can the city improve the quality of life for residents? And what projects and policies would make the city a better place to live, work, and play?

To gather the views of residents, BCIC is staging four public town-hall style meetings titled “Town Talks: Your Voice Shapes Brownsville’s Future.” The four meetings with conducted in English and Spanish. 

BIC says the events might be considered “brainstorming sessions where everyone’s ideas are welcome.” It says the final plan will be a mix of the ideas collected. “Kind of like a community wish list that’s actually backed up by a real plan to make it all happen.”

Dates, times, locations

Here are the details on the four Town Talks:

Date: Monday, Feb 12, 2024
Time: Session from 5:30 – 7:00 PM (5 PM doors open)
Location: Main Branch Library | 2600 Central Blvd., Brownsville, TX 

Date: Tuesday, Feb 13, 2024
Time: Session from 5:30-7:00PM, (5PM doors open)
Location: Southmost Branch Library | 4320 Southmost Blvd., Brownsville, TX 

Date: Wednesday, Feb 14, 2024
Time: Session from 10:15 – 11:45 AM (9:45 AM doors open)
Location: eBridge Center for Business & Commercialization | 1304 E. Adams St., Brownsville, TX 

Date: Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024
Time: Session from 5:30 – 7:00 PM (5:00 PM doors open)
Location: eBridge Center for Business & Commercialization | 1304 E. Adams St., Brownsville, TX.

Cori Peña, BCIC president and CEO, points out that BCIC is a Type B economic development organization dedicated to connecting people, organizations, and economic resources to elevate the quality of life in Brownsville. 

As a type B organization, she explained, BCIC receives public funding to support both economic development and quality-of-life improvement projects.

Peña said that after conducting a competitive RFP process, BCIC selected an economic development consortium, Economic Development BY DESIGN, to develop the strategic plan and to lead an extensive community engagement process. 

The consortium includes O’Brian & Associates, Upsize Marketing Strategies, Goldstone Consulting Group, and MRR & Associates. 

Peña said this experienced group of economic development and community engagement professionals collectively possess more than a century of experience in economic development, strategic planning, multicultural community engagement, business development, and marketing. 

“Choosing the Economic Development BY DESIGN to craft our blueprint for future prosperity is a testament to our commitment to strategic growth and inclusive community development. Together, we pave the way for a thriving future that lifts up every member of our community,” Peña said.

Peña said the four Town Talks will be conducted in Spanish and English to engage the largest number of diverse representation for all members of the community. 

She said BCIC will launch extensive community engagement efforts to reach residents, students, elected officials, K-12, higher education, workforce organizations, community and business leaders, entrepreneurs, small business owners, nonprofits, developers, realtors, hospitality and tourism stakeholders, and others. 

“We want to hear your voice in shaping the future of Brownsville,” a BCIC press release stated.

“The community-led strategic plan will gather public input through a series of focus groups with business and community leadership, one-on-one interviews with Brownsville leaders, and four public town-hall style meetings titled Town Talks: Your Voice Shapes Brownsville’s Future

“At these public meetings, BCIC will seek feedback on a ten-year vision for the greater Brownsville region, community development needs, economic development challenges and opportunities, and more. This feedback will inform the new strategic plan, creating a blueprint for future growth and prosperity.”

The Town Talks will be free to the public, and light refreshments will be served. 

The City of Brownsville’s Mayor John Cowen, Jr., fully supports the BCIC initiative.

“I see our city’s strength in the diverse voices that make up our community. These town hall meetings are among your best platforms to be heard, contribute, and shape our city’s future. I invite each and every one of you to join this vital conversation. Your insights and experiences are the keys to building a more inclusive and prosperous Brownsville for all,” Cowen said.

Editor’s Note: To RSVP through Survey Monkey go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VR22GCM 

Editor’s Note: To learn more about BCIC and its programs, go to: www.brownsvillecic.com. 

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