BROWNSVILLE, TX – The Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation (BCIC) received their first ever private grant funding from the BBVA Foundation. The financial contribution of $6,500.00 will help underwrite general operating support for the organization.

The announcement is immensely appreciated as the BCIC seeks to “open its doors” to financial support by leaders in the private sector who identify and align with our organization’s strategic goals and focuses. The BCIC understands and firmly believes that successful economic development can only be accomplished through the support of all members of our business community throughout the region. It is only through their support that we can accelerate our community’s growth and unlock its full potential.

“This is the first private grant that BCIC has received, but we know it will not be the last,” says Cori Peña, Director of Community Development. “This grant highlights the confidence the private sector has in BCIC and validates the importance of the programs, resources and incentives BCIC offers the community.”

The mission of the BBVA Foundation is to bring the age of opportunity to everyone. As part of their commitment to the community, the grant works to help build strong and vibrant neighborhoods, improve the quality of life, and make a positive difference where families work and live.

“This grant further showcases the commitment our organization has towards economic development for our community,” says Pena. “The BBVA has been recognized as one of the leading small business lenders by the Small Business Administration (SBA), and their assistance is vital to accomplishing our overall goal of establishing an open and inclusive ecosystem of entrepreneurship in Brownsville and the rest of the Rio Grande Valley.”

For more information, or to learn how the BCIC is advancing an open and inclusive ecosystem for all entrepreneurs please contact Nathan Burkhart, Director of Marketing and Small Business Development at nburkhart@bcic.us or by phone at 956-382-7500.