COSTEP Appoints Rick Carrera as Director of Economic Development

June 5, 2023

Mission, TX, June 1, 2023 – COSTEP, Council for South Texas Economic Progress is delighted to announce the appointment of Rick Carrera as its new Director of Economic Development. In this role, Mr. Carrera will play a pivotal role in fostering economic growth and prosperity for the Rio South Texas region. His appointment marks a significant milestone for the organization as it continues to drive economic development and transform the region.

Rick Carrera - Director of Economic Development

With an impressive background in economic development and project management and a passion for building thriving communities, Rick Carrera brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to COSTEP. His proven track record in implementing successful economic development strategies will greatly benefit the organization and the entire Rio South Texas region.

Prior to joining COSTEP, Mr. Carrera held key leadership positions in community and economic development, and regional transportation across the region. His expertise in community and economic development will be instrumental in driving COSTEP's mission forward.

In his new role, Rick Carrera will work closely with community stakeholders, businesses, government agencies, and educational institutions to foster collaboration and implement strategic initiatives that will attract new investments, promote job creation, and support sustainable economic growth in Rio South Texas.

"We are thrilled to have Rick Carrera join COSTEP as our Director of Economic Development," said Adam Gonzalez, Chief Executive Officer of COSTEP. "His extensive experience and expertise in community and economic development will be invaluable in advancing our mission and driving positive change in Rio South Texas. We look forward to working together to create opportunities and build a vibrant future for our region."

"I am honored to be joining COSTEP and leading its economic development efforts," said Rick Carrera. "Rio South Texas is a region with immense potential, and I am committed to working tirelessly to unlock that potential, attract new businesses, and enhance the economic prosperity of our communities. I look forward to collaborating with stakeholders and partners to create a thriving and inclusive economy for all."
About COSTEP: The Council for South Texas Economic Progress is a nonprofit organization committed to advancing economic growth and prosperity in the Rio South Texas region. COSTEP collaborates with stakeholders to develop and implement strategic initiatives that attract investments, foster job creation, and enhance the quality of life for residents. By driving economic development, COSTEP aims to position Rio South Texas as a premier destination for businesses, residents, and visitors. For more information, visit


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