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Every day, we connect the economic and education ecosystems to create a talent pipeline and new job opportunities for the region.


Today, The Council for South Texas Economic Progress (COSTEP) is advancing the economy with a new strategic framework for economic development via a data-driven and market-validated approach. This broadens our scope and connects the economic and education ecosystems creating a talent pipeline and job opportunities for the region. Prior to this pivot, COSTEP served the community by helping hundreds of thousands of students and their families by providing free financial literacy education programs and help fund millions of dollars in scholarships. We’re proud of our past 45 years, and see tremendous opportunities in the region with our new role in economic development and education.
 

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By bringing together the private sector with the public sector, we are guiding economic development outcomes through the strategic development and execution of regional initiatives.


These ecosystem-validated initiatives include market intelligence, efforts in business development (domestic and foreign direct investment), growing the talent pipeline, marketing the region, placemaking and collaboration between the United States and Mexico. Private business is once again at the table, and the results we are achieving will be more significant than those of the past.

Join us as a visionary to redefine regional economic development.

COSTEP is advancing the economy with a purpose-driven approach to equitable economic development via a data-driven and market-validated approach, but we need you. With your financial support, we can bring together the business and education communities to advocate, sponsor and advance business prosperity and the economic welfare of the region and its citizens. Today is unlike any other day in regional economic development, with bigger, bolder and more strategic ideas poised to be deployed. Join us to be a part of this new momentum in prosperity creation.

Join us as a visionary to redefine regional economic development.

COSTEP is advancing the economy with a purpose-driven approach to equitable economic development via a data-driven and market-validated approach, but we need you. With your financial support, we can bring together the business and education communities to advocate, sponsor and advance business prosperity and the economic welfare of the region and its citizens. Today is unlike any other day in regional economic development, with bigger, bolder and more strategic ideas poised to be deployed. Join us to be a part of this new momentum in prosperity creation.


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A unique region deserves a unique approach to economic development.


Unique to any place in the world, the Rio South Texas region sits on the sunny shores of the Gulf of Mexico and the fertile banks of the Rio Grande, with a populous of spirited, determined, and familial residents who live, work and play in this one-of-a-kind location for business prosperity. The region boasts a young population of approximately 4.3 million people, with around 1.7 million residing off the northern riverbank in the United States and around 2.6 million across the southern riverbank in Mexico.

Beyond the 17 bridges that connect this bi-national environment, the region is blessed with multi-modal infrastructure in form of interstate highway connectivity, commercial rail service, multiple airports, access to the Gulf Intercostal Waterway, a deep-water sea port, cross-border pipelines, and a SpaceX launch facility. In addition to a plentiful workforce pool and a wealth of transportation options, Rio South Texas’ strategic location on the U.S.-Mexico Border also grants companies the benefit of access to each country’s cost benefits, the region’s Foreign Trade Zones, as well as markets around the world as a result of free trade agreements with 56 countries. 

Competitive Advantages

Experience the advantages of doing business in the Rio South Texas region. The pro-business environment is unlike any other in the world, and is brought to life through a robust workforce, strategic location and consistent climate.

Competitive Advantages

Experience the advantages of doing business in the Rio South Texas region. The pro-business environment is unlike any other in the world, and is brought to life through a robust workforce, strategic location and consistent climate.

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Talent

With approximately 1,500,000 residents under the age of 25, and a plethora of universities, colleges, and technical schools throughout the region, today’s workforce is strong and getting stronger.

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Connections

Over 3,300,000 trucks, over 5,500 freight trains, over 5,400,000 pedestrians, and over 10,300,000 vehicles per year cross the region’s seventeen international bridges and over $250,000,000,000 of annual import & export trade happens here.

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Environment

With 223 days of sun per year, an annual average temperature of 76F (24C), and only 33 days of precipitation, with extremely rare snowfall, the region provides a predictable climate for commerce and leisure.

Talent
With approximately 1,500,000 residents under the age of 25, and a plethora of universities, colleges, and technical schools throughout the region, today’s workforce is strong and getting stronger.

Connections
Over 3,300,000 trucks, over 5,500 freight trains, over 5,400,000 pedestrians, and over 10,300,000 vehicles per year cross the region’s seventeen international bridges and over $250,000,000,000 of annual import & export trade happens here.

Environment
With 223 days of sun per year, an annual average temperature of 76F (24C), and only 33 days of precipitation, with extremely rare snowfall, the region provides a predictable climate for commerce and leisure.


All You Need to Know for Your Next Move

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All You Need to Know for Your Next Move

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