BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation has launched a new website to help businesses impacted by the coronavirus.

The website address is: assist.brownsvilleedc.org.

Josh Mejia, executive director of BCIC, said that by visiting the website companies can register to receive resources immediately to alleviate a downturn in business.

He said the website also contains submittable forms where business owners or a business manager can provide useful information to BCIC about the state of their current operation.

“The data submitted by business owners in the community through this new website will help all organizations and departments of the city continue to develop new programs that will help absorb some of the impact that is expected from COVID-19,” the BCIC said, in a news release.

Recently, the Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation said it was working with the South Texas Manufacturing Association to learn what impact the coronavirus is having on local manufacturers.

Mejia said the site will be updated throughout the coming weeks and months to ensure all guidelines on behalf of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are available to the business community.

“Our community is built on the fabric of several businesses that have decided to locate in Brownsville, Texas,” Mejia said. “It is not only imperative that we do our very best to provide our local businesses with the needed resources to withstand such events, but also to provide the best servant leadership and customer service they need to address the ongoing events.”

Mejia said he “could not be more proud” of the “vigilance and teamwork” shown by his organization and other city departments in helping local businesses at such a critical time.

“As we continue to work alongside each other for the community, we all must emphasize once again the importance of following CDC’s guidelines to avoid the possible spread of COVID-19.”

Michael Limas is chairman of the board of directors for BCIC. He said the health and wellness of Brownsville residents is of the utmost importance.

“In that same vein, the health and wellness of our business community is equally important,” Limas said. “BCIC is working diligently with our federal, state, and local partners to maximize all opportunities available to assist businesses during these challenging times.”

Limas added that he is asking for the patience of the local business community “as we navigate effectively through a wide array of issues.”

The news release said BCIC and its partners will continue to monitor developments “to ensure our community is informed with news and updates.”

The news release added that BCIC is looking forward to the collaborative success the community can achieve.

“We look forward to the collaborative success we will achieve as a community, which has withstood much greater events in the past thanks to the unique resilience we hold as the largest city in the Rio Grande Valley.”

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news story shows Michael Limas, chairman of the board of directors for BCIC, Josh Mejia, BCIC’s executive director, and Nathan Burkhart, BCIC’s marketing director.