Cameron County, Texas Economic Development & Community Affairs
The Mission of the Cameron County, Texas department of Economic Development & Community Affairs is to work towards improving the quality of life for the residents of our county through creating better job opportunities, improving the quality of housing, access to adequate utilities, rural neighborhood street lights, and improved flood protection.
1100 East Monroe Street, Rm 105
1912 Historic Courthouse (Dancy Bldg.)
Brownsville, Texas 78520
(956) 544-0828 Main
(956) 544-0891 fax
(956) 982-5441 conference
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Economic Development & Community Affairs Department

1100 East Monroe Street, Brownsville, Texas 78550, Rm 105

Mark A. Yates, Director
(956) 550-1370
Economic Development, Tax Abatements, TIRZ, Housing Finance Corporation, Spaceport Development Corporation
Historic Heritage Property Tax, Grant Management, special projects

Lillian Banchard, Associate Planner
(956) 550-
Colonia Self-help program, CDBG grant programs, TWDB Water-Sewer grants, Community Development

Graciela Salinas, Senior Planner
(956) 550-
Planner, Grant writer, Grant manager, Hazzard Mitigation, DOJ, Operation Stonegarden, Law enforcement, & Judicial grants

Karla Cantu, Associate Planner
(956) 550-
Assists in grant management for DOJ, Operation Stonegarden, Hazzard Mitigation, Law enforcement, and judicial grants.

Raul Garcia, Community Development Coordinator
(956) 550-
Community Development programs, Colonia Self-help housing program, First-time water and sewer programs, Community water and sewer upgrades, Rural neighborhood street lights,

Teresa Loza-Rivera, Office Specialist
(956) 544-0828
Manages office communications, correspondence, calendar and meeting management, File management and compliance

Nohemi Correa, Financial Analyst
(956) 550-
Manages grant draw requests, budget monitoring, revenue management, grant compliance review and monitoring

Victor G. Trevino, Colonia Self-help Coordinator
(956) 550-
Colonia Self-help program

Economic Tools & Incentives

Our goal is to provide just the right amount of incentives to meet the needs of businesses looking to locate in Cameron County promoting job creation for our residents within our county while still adding to our tax base to support the governmental functions of our county. 

We Offer

Things we do

Grant Writing and Program Management

The Economic Development & Community Affairs Department seeks to bring as many resources to our county as possible. Currently we are managing 12 programs that bring in over $18.5 Million to the county.  In direct grants alone, there have been over $60 million awarded since the 1980″s.  These grants have provided financial help in law enforcement, courts and probation programs, water supply and wastewater projects, residential housing assistance construction, general aviation airport improvements, historic courthouse restoration, and related social welfare programs.  The Emergency Services District management is a major program initiative.

Economic Development

Cameron County is looking to be the best partner a business can have.  We have an arsenal of strategies the county can employ to create the best possible economic climate possible for your company.  Our strategic location on the Mexican border served by four international bridges and one rail-only bridge, Brownsville’s deep water port, Harlingen’s intracoastal waterway access, our superb highway system, rail access, two commercial airports and one county general aviation airport all with long runways can move your products and bring you what you need.  Our quality of life is enhanced by our moderate coastal climate where you can play golf, tennis, boat, fish, or sit on the beach almost all year-round. To find out more please call (956) 544-0828.

Community Affairs

Quality of life is very important to the leaders of our county.  The County’s Rural Street Light Program is a cooperative self-help style program to provide safety and security in rural neighborhoods.  Community leaders generate a petition of 75% or more to enlist the County in setting up lighting infrastructures and collecting payments for the electrical service.  The County is also looking to implement a program to provide “Quality of Life” type venues funded by fees paid by the visitors to our area that would offer concerts, nature trails for hiking, biking or paddling so that our visitors and residents can enjoy the beautiful natural coastal areas teaming with birds, fish and wildlife.

Community Assistance

  The Economic Development & Community Affairs function of Cameron County prides itself on the assistance that has been brought to the county’s colonia developments located in the rural areas. The term “colonia,” in Spanish means a community or neighborhood. The Texas Office of the Secretary of State defines a “colonia” as a residential area along the Texas-Mexico border that may lack some of the most basic living necessities, such as potable water and sewer systems, electricity, paved roads, and safe and sanitary housing.  Through grant writing efforts and program management, colonias such as Cameron Park and Laguna Heights have been refitted with services such as reliable water supply, wastewater services, good drainage, paved roads and street lights.  There are many more communities who need one or more of these services.  The Texas Secretary of State lists 196 colonia communities in Cameron County.  Through 2015, Cameron County has invested over $60 Million in housing and infrastructure projects to address the needs of the residents in these communities.

       Cameron County Self-Help Colonia Initiative provides residents in  fivecolonias on-site technical assistance to low and very low-income individuals and families in a variety of ways including housing, and community development activities, infrastructure improvements, and outreach and education. Operation of the Colonia SHC’s is carried out through a contract between the County and the Community Development Corporation of Brownsville in a two-year program.  The photo on the right is the beginning of a new dwelling being provided through the program.

The Community Development Corporation of Brownsville contracts with the County to administer the housing self-help programs to assist residents of the county’s colonias.


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For any inquiries, questions or comments, please call:(956) 544-0828 or fill out the following form

    Cameron County Courthouse

    1100 East Monroe Street
    Brownsville, TX 78520
    Tel: (956) 544-0828
    Fax: (956) 544-0891

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