This article was originally published by Rio Grande Guardian

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A news story in the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service about whether certain regional organizations should be collapsed for the greater good has spurred a panel discussion at next week’s eagerly anticipated RGV Startup Week.

Adam Gonzalez, CEO of the Council for South Texas Economic Progress, and Daniel Silva, president of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership, will explain why their respective organizations are relevant and how they are leading the charge for regional unity.

With the event being billed as a “fireside chat,” Gonzalez and Silva will appear on a panel titled Insights Unplugged-RGV Edition at RGV Startup Week. Their discussion will take place at the eBridge on Tuesday, May 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

RGV Startup Week is being hosted by the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation.

“We invited Adam and Daniel to come in and talk about the work of their organizations after reading that news story in the Rio Grande Guardian,” said Nathan Burkhart, vice president of entrepreneurship and innovation at BCIC

The possibility of various regional entities in the Valley being collapsed was discussed at a Zoom meeting hosted Hidalgo County Prosperity Task Force. Rolando Pablos, former leader of the Borderplex Alliance, spoke at about various economic development groups in El Paso being collapsed in order for Borderplex to flourish and serve El Paso, Texas, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, and Las Cruces, New Mexico. During the same Zoom meeting, COSTEP’s Gonzalez said there was no need for the Valley to adopt the Borderplex model.