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With the recent global shakeup due to COVID-19 and to garner a better understanding of our region’s opportunities, visionaries like you are needed more than ever to amplify the economic development results of Rio South Texas. As a private business leader, your voice is needed in the regional conversation to fuel results and builds communities through COSTEP and regional partners. As a supporter, you can guide economic development outcomes through the exploration of regional initiatives. These include market intelligence, efforts in business development, growing the talent pipeline, marketing the region, placemaking and collaboration between the United States and Mexico. You can be a part of this purpose-driven, strategic process.

Be one of the first to commit to our capital campaign to support this new regional approach to economic development. Your financial support demonstrates your passion towards growing the regional economy. Gain recognition through marketing and get access to important data and insights to grow your business.

About the COSTEP regional economic development effort

This progressive, regional effort has been created to more effectively drive economic growth throughout the 7-county Rio South Texas region including: Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Starr, Webb, Willacy, and Zapata counties while exploiting the opportunities that prevail in the municipios on the southern riverbank. Accelerated growth will be driven by strategic initiatives, business recruitment, and the creation of new pathways between education and industry to build a future-ready workforce pipeline.

The proposed economic development initiatives of COSTEP have been crafted to complement and support, not compete, with local economic development organizations. While COSTEP will perform international and domestic recruitment activities, this will be done in concert with local economic development organizations, institutions of higher education, and private business; altogether, to serve the combined benefit of the local community as well as the region. The purpose of COSTEP is to bring together the business and education communities to advocate, sponsor and advance business prosperity and the economic welfare of the region and its citizens.

Contributions to COSTEP, as a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization, are not deductible for federal income tax purposes as charitable contributions. They may be deductible as trade or business expenses, if ordinary and necessary in the conduct of a taxpayer’s business. Consult your tax advisor or IRS for further guidance.