The Starr County Industrial Foundation (SCIF) Presents a Discussion with VTX1 on the Future of Broadband

November 29, 2023

Adam Gonzalez, Chief Executive Officer and Rick Carrera, Director of Economic Development for COSTEP attended the SCIF Talks presentation “Exploring The Vast Potential of Public-Private Partnership In Bridging The Digital Divide; A Conversation With VTX1 Internet” on November 29, 2023.

Supporting local initiatives with regional impact is part of COSTEP’s overall focus. The passing of Proposition 8 approved the creation of a $1.5 billion fund for the development and expansion of network infrastructure in Texas communities. The Starr County region has historically faced a challenge with the availability of reliable broadband connectivity.

The Starr County Industrial Foundation has partnered with VTX1 for strategies that will expand broadband and related services to Starr County. This event provided an update on VTX1’s progress and an opportunity to learn more about the significance of public-private partnerships to help secure available funds and potential projects.

The event featured a panel discussion moderated by Rose Benavidez, President of SCIF, and panelist representing VTX1, including Patrick McDonnell, CEO; Orlando Quintanilla, COO, and Jeffrey Patterson, VP of Business Development. State Representative for District 31, Ryan Guillen provided special remarks.

The Council for South Texas Economic Progress (COSTEP) is an advocate for regional economic development serving seven counties in Rio South Texas. Learn more about COSTEP by visiting


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