CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Federal and state agency representatives gathered on Aug. 2 at the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center for an interactive workshop to inform community stakeholders about the availability of financial resources to support long-term economic development and sustainable growth. The Federal and Community Resources Workshop was hosted by the Coastal Bend City Council of Governments (CBCOG) and the Business Innovation Center, which is a part of the College of Business (COB) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
“The economy of South Texas, especially Corpus Christi, is facing unprecedented growth opportunities related to ongoing developments in the industrial sector,” said Dr. Jim Lee, Regents Professor of Economics at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and member of the CBCOG Planning Committee. “This is the first-time ever that we have a community outreach event that involves a broad scope of federal and state government agencies. These resources can be instrumental for community stakeholders and local businesses to unlock the region’s growth potential for decades to come.”
The event was sponsored by the Economic Development Administration and featured a gamut of speakers who not only spoke to the audience but also interacted and answer questions during individual sessions with those in attendance.
“The City of Corpus Christi is here to be a partner in moving our region forward, and making sure that we bring our community the best in economic development opportunities,” said Karen Costanzo, City Planner for the City of Corpus Christi. “What I have learned today is collaboration – making sure that we know who our local regional partners are. This is important because when we move forward with ideas for projects, we need to be moving together to go after those resources. We’re positioning our city for economic growth.”
With more than 50 regional stake holders present, speakers such as Christopher Reynolds, Program Specialist for the Texas Department of Agriculture, emphasized that the day’s biggest take away should be for attendees to take the next step in developing their project ideas.
“I often explain that the process of developing new projects is somewhat of a jigsaw puzzle,” said Reynolds. “You must find all the different pieces and put them together. This workshop has provided the opportunity for community stakeholders to find all of those pieces at one time, in one place.”
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