We Are Your Type B Economic Development Corporation

Your Type B EDC

The Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation (BCIC) is a "type b" economic development corporation whose purpose is to fund quality of life projects and foster economic development opportunities in Brownsville, Texas. We believe in strongly collaborating and developing relationships with our partners to create a thriving city for business opportunities, which will turn Brownsville, Texas into a city-destination of choice for tourism and business opportunities. Learn More.

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Brownsville, Texas

  • Quality of Life

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    Brownsville, Texas is among the best places for business and careers in the U.S. and its unique location in the southern tip of Texas makes it a multimodal city that hosts trade by air, sea, road, rail and space. Brownsville, Texas is turning into best city in South Texas with enhanced quality of life assets such as:

    + 70-plus river miles of resacas
    + 34 public parks (over 1,000 acres of parkland)
    + 32 miles of hike/bike trails
    + The Brownsville Sports Park (comprised of 10 full sized lighted multi-sports fields)
    + Nationally recognized 31 acre zoo; Gladys Porter Zoo
    + Nationally recognized birding destination; World Birding Center
    + Commute-friendly retail and dining clusters
    + Texas' #1 beach destination only 27 miles away; South Padre Island
    + Ranked safest city in the state of Texas.

  • Population

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    Brownsville, Texas is the largest city in the Rio Grande Valley with the majority of the population being 93.9% Hispanic with an estimated per capita income of $34,050.

  • Education

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    Brownsville Independent School District

    The Brownsville Independent School District (BISD) is the largest employer in the Rio Grande Valley, with approximately 7,670 employees working for 55 public schools servicing almost 50,000 students.

    South Texas Independent School District
    The South Texas Independent School District (STISD) serves junior high and high school students through six magnet schools. Over 95 percent of STISD graduates continue their education at major universities or technical colleges and for the third year in a row, STISD was ranked among the best in the state and nation in the Niche Best K-12 Schools lists.

    Private Schools
    Brownsville also has 13 private schools that serve students from elementary, middle, and high school.

    University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    Brownsville is home to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) which empowers successful futures, enhances daily life and provides students with a School of Medicine which will transform Texas.

    Texas Southmost College
    Established in 1926, the Texas Southmost College (TSC) offers career and technical education leading to certificates and associates degrees, college preparatory studies to prepare students for college-level work, workforce training and continuing education. TSC has also been selected as a Bright Spot by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
  • Assets

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    Brownsville, Texas is a multi-modal city on a key geographic location that neighbors the US/Mexico border and the Gulf of Mexico. Its location is key for industry and heavy manufacturing with up to 17,000 acres planned for development alongside the Port of Brownsville which produces an annual economic impact of $2,024,900,000 for the state.

    The largest city in the Rio Grande Valley, Brownsville, currently accommodates the following industry leaders:

    + SpaceX
    + SATA USA
    + Delphi Automotive PLC
    + CK Technologies
    + MVP Plastics
    + Dura de Mexico

    In addition to industry, Brownsville is home to pristine ecotourism attractions visited by international guests and has developed a prime market for sports tourism. The Brownsville Sports Park currently features multi-use fields for Softball, Basketball, Skateboarding, BMX, Soccer and Football.
  • Partners

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    The City of Brownsville offers a variety of opportunities for potential and existing businesses that seek to invest in our market. The following partners are invested in the economic development opportunities of our region:

    + BCIC: Type B Economic Development Corporation
    + GBIC: Type A Economic Development Corporation
    + Cameron County
    + Brownsville Chamber of Commerce
    + Brownsville Conventions and Visitors Bureau
    + Main Street Brownsville
  • Tax Rate

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    Tax rate as of October 11, 2017 is the following for Brownsville, Texas:


    Cameron County Jurisdiction Tax Rates information obtained through the Cameron Appraisal District.

Current Agenda

August 6th, 2019

Special Meeting of the BCIC Board of Directors
12:00 P.M. at the Historic Young House
500 E. St. Charles Street, Brownsville, Texas 78520
June 28th, 2019

Board Training Session
8:30 A.M. at Venture X
222 N. Expressway 77, #100, Brownsville TX 78520

Our Location

Our Impact

The BCIC has invested over $50 million in capital, promotional and community event projects since its inception.
  •  Brownsville Sports Complex

    Brownsville Sports Complex

  •  The Holiday Village

    The Holiday Village

  •  Historic Market Square

    Historic Market Square

  •  Binational Race 2017

    Binational Race 2017

As a "type b" economic development corporation, the BCIC has adopted a strategic plan that is tailored to create Brownsville, Texas into a city-destination of choice for businesses, become a leading economic development corporation in the state, and promote sports and recreational tourism to the city. The BCIC is capable of expanding its impact through capital and promotional/community event projects as well as discretionary projects that align with the adopted strategic plan. The BCIC continues to expand its reach and supplement Brownsville's economic forefront for the benefit of its stakeholders, the residents of Brownsville, Texas.
Recent News
City Commission Approves Expanding Frontiers Funding
BROWNSVILLE, Texas – The Brownsville City Commission at a Regular Meeting on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, approved the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation(BCIC) funding of $650,000 for the Expanding Frontiers (ExF) Project.
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The Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation (BCIC) Announce Executive Director
Brownsville, TX – The Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation (BCIC), Brownsville’s “type b” economic development organization, formally announces the selection of Josh Mejia as the new Executive Director. In his capacity, Mr. Mejia will ensure that the BCIC continues to expand on the organization’s economic development strategies to ensure Brownsville, Texas begins to activate its untapped potential alongside with staff, board members, city management and city officials.
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Looking to Start a Business in Brownsville’s Historic Downtown? Brownsville’s Economic Development Organization is Here to Help.
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS — The Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation (BCIC) is seeking for start-ups and existing businesses, who are looking to relocate or expand, to consider Brownsville’s Historic Downtown. In the past fifteen years, Brownsville’s Historic Downtown has embarked on a huge endeavor towards redevelopment with assistance of BCIC’s monetary investment of over 800,000 dollars. As a result of the public investment a new wave of businesses have now established themselves in the heart of Brownsville’s downtown, sparking a renowned interest for private investment.
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The 'Capital Project Grant 2019 Cycle' is now open for organizations to apply.
BROWNSVILLE, RGV — With a deadline on March 1, 2019, the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation (BCIC) would like to invite organizations to apply for its ‘Capital Project Grant 2019 Cycle’ through its official website, www.bcic.us/funding.
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The Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation announces their Partnership Grant to promote economic development opportunities in the community.
BROWNSVILLE, RGV — The Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation (BCIC) would like to announce the opening of their Partnership Grant opportunities for events, activities and campaigns taking place from January 1st to December 31st, 2019. The grant opportunity continues to accept applications from 501(c)3 organizations with projects that will significantly impact the city’s sales tax revenues.
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Over 63,000 estimated total participants to attend upcoming city events in partnership with the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation.
BROWNSVILLE, RGV — The Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation (BCIC), and its Board of Directors have approved the following Partnership Grants with 501(c)3 organizations and city departments in order to support economic activity in Brownsville, Texas through events or campaigns designed to attract visitation and promote local spending.
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Contact Information
Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation
500 E. St. Charles
Brownsville, Texas 78520
Phone: (956) 545-0353
Email: info@bcic.us
Copyright 2018 Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation | Last updated February 19, 2018
PUBLIC NOTICE: The U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) is considering a request for Federal assistance from the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation (BCIC) to construct the eBridge Center for Business & Commercialization in Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas. For more information, please click this banner.