BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – January 22nd, 2020 The Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation (BCIC), the Type B Economic Development Corporation for the City of Brownsville, announces the start of their 2020 Economic Impact Grant Program. BCIC is seeking to partner with for profit and non-profit organizations or corporations that seek creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in Brownsville, Texas.

“We’re looking to assist with transformational projects that enhance the quality of life for our residents while also enhancing the economic well-being of the community,” says Cori Peña, Director of Community Development. “We are looking for those special public-private projects that can present unconventional approaches to problems, be pivotal in the redevelopment of our Historic Downtown, increase recreational tourism, or help spur small business development all while increasing sales tax revenue and fostering investment opportunities.”

The Economic Impact Grant will ultimately replace the previously known BCIC “Capital Projects Grant.” Through this opportunity, the BCIC will partner with organizations by supplementing up to $400,000 towards projects or initiatives that will enhance the economic well-being of the community, promote sustainable business development and employment opportunities, and attract public/private investments.

“We want to be a catalyst for those transformational projects, and proactively partner with organizations who invest resources to improve the quality of life and economic base of Brownsville.”

Cori PeñaDirector of Community Development

“We want to be smart about the growth of our City” says Cori Pena. “We have been working in collaboration with the City of Brownsville on where our future growth and sustainability needs should be, and we welcome projects that meet our requirements in a way that promotes economic development opportunities.”

BCIC strives to fund endeavors that are distinctive and novel in their approach and encourages organizations to develop projects that have the potential for transformative impact to the community. The process includes a two-step application, which requires applicants to schedule a mandatory preliminary meeting before beginning the full application process. To learn more about our Economic Impact Grant and to schedule a meeting please visit brownsvilleedc.org/impact.

For more information concerning the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation or to learn more about our 2020 BCIC Economic Development Toolkit, please contact Nathan Burkhart at 956-459-2123 or email at nburkhart@bcic.us.