Filemon Vela

Representing the 34 District of Texas

PRESS RELEASE: Vela Announces Economic Development Grant for UTRGV

September 28, 2018
Press Release

PRESS RELEASE: Vela Announces Economic Development Grant for UTRGV

Brownsville – Today, Congressman Filemon Vela (D-TX) announced that the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) will receive $112,850 in investment funds from the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) University Center program. This award from the EDA will fund the first year of a five-year University Center Economic Development Program at UTRGV, providing technical assistance and applied research to help increase regional competitiveness and economic growth.

“This investment will help provide UTRGV with tools to improve economic opportunity throughout South Texas,” said Rep. Vela. “I look forward to seeing the impact of this investment of federal resources.” 

UTRGV President Guy Bailey added, “Community engagement is one of UTRGV’s core priorities, and this grant allows us to continue providing varied and vast resources to boost economic development in our communities. I thank Congressman Vela and everyone at UTRGV who assisted in obtaining this grant.”

EDA’s University center program is a competitively-based partnership between EDA and academic institutions.