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 out 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.

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

November 14, 2017

Joint City Commission and BCIC Board of Directors Meeting
5:00 P.M. at Brownsville City Hall
1001 E. Elizabeth St., Brownsville TX
October 23, 2017

Sports Park Committee Meeting
12:00 P.M. at the BCIC Offices

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, BCIC discuss how to boost sports park revenues
BROWNSVILLE, Texas - The Brownsville City Commission and the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation held a joint meeting Tuesday night to determine how to bring in more events and revenue to the Brownsville Sports Park.
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Officials to discuss sustainability of million-dollar sports park
BROWNSVILLE, Texas - The Brownsville City Commission and the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation will hold a joint meeting Tuesday to discuss the future of the Brownsville Sports Park.
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Historical group, trail and sanctuary in line for nearly $500K
BROWNSVILLE, Texas - The Belden Trail, Brownsville Historical Association and Sabal Palm Sanctuary are getting some help from the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation in the form of a $449,618 capital improvement grant.
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Nearly Half a Million Dollars Approved for Capital Projects in Brownsville, Texas by the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation Board of Directors
BROWNSVILLE, Texas - The Board of Directors of Brownsville's "type b" economic development corporation, the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation (BCIC), approved nearly half a million dollars for capital projects in Brownsville, Texas that will ultimately enhance the city's quality of life and improve current tourism assets.
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In Pictures: Tourism VIPs from Mexico visit Brownsville
BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation recently invited professionals in the tourism industry from the interior of Mexico to visit their city.
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Mexican Tour Guides Looking to Setup Business in Brownsville
BROWNSVILLE, Texas - It's a unique look at when tour experts become tourists. The tour lasts several days… all conducted in Spanish. Visitors from 5 Mexican cities - Monterrey, Torreon, Madero, Cd. Victoria, and Tampico, visit the City of Brownsville. Their goal, establish tour routes in this American city.
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Below are open requests or solicitations by the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation (BCIC). All requests or solicitations are advertised and available online via PDF. For questions regarding requests or solicitations, please contact Rebeca Castillo at bcic@cob.us. Thank you.

10/10/2017 - Request for Qualifications for Legal Services - Click Here

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Contact Information
Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation
2424 Village Dr.
Suite B
Brownsville, Texas 78521
Phone: (956) 548-6188
Email: info@bcic.us
Copyright 2017 Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation
10/06/2017 - The Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation (BCIC) has commenced a sixty (60) day comment period and public hearing to expend type "b" sales tax funds on the capital projects found in the document linked to this info bar. Click here for more information.