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Welcome From The President

On behalf of the McAllen Economic Development team, I would like to welcome you to the McAllen, Texas/Reynosa, Mexico international metro area. Representing the economic interests and job creation efforts of over 2.5 million residents on an international border can sometimes be challenging - but in all cases very rewarding.

The location advantages we offer are globally unique. What other location can offer your company the ability to take Keith Patridge, President & CEOadvantage of the best of two workforces, two legal systems, two sets of trade policies and agreements, two currencies, and the ability to manufacture products made in the United States or Mexico with one management team?

It is not just our location that makes us an attractive option for your next business expansion. When you look at the two most important factors impacting your business success: cost and availability of a skilled and trainable workforce, we really shine.

With a current labor force of over 1.02 million, a manufacturing labor force of over 136,000,a median age of 29 years and an annual population growth rate of between 1% and 2%, labor availability will not be an issue. As you look for skilled labor and skills training, we continuously have a future workforce (K-12) of over 200,000, and over 62,000 students enrolled in University, Community College and Technical programs in the metro area. Many are certified by National or International Academic, Trade and Industrial Organizations.

As you look at operating costs, McAllen is consistently ranked as having one of the lowest costs-of-living in the United States, and in the latest Boston Consulting Group Manufacturing Cost-Competitiveness Index, Mexico continues to have one of the most competitive manufacturing bases in the world.

Add to the lower cost structure, the benefits of Mexico's trade agreements with approximately 45 nations; an extremely strong work ethic and our international location can provide your company with operational flexibility and opportunity for long-term success few other locations can offer.

If the McAllen /Reynosa International metro looks as good to you as it has for the hundreds of international companies that have relocated or expanded here, let us help you take a closer look.

The McAllen Economic Development Corporation has a highly-qualified staff ready to answer your questions. They will be happy to coordinate local meetings with other managers to learn firsthand the unique advantages of doing business on an international border.

We understand your need for candid, accurate information. If you are looking for options or strategic advantage contact us!

Keith Patridge
President and CEO

Our Values

To create jobs and generate revenue for the residents of McAllen, Texas.
To be a vibrant center of innovation and economic prosperity to create tomorrow's opportunities.
Build Relationships

Build Relationships

The MEDC team promises to connect people to people, in order to ensure community and company success and to build a long-lasting network of friends and family.
Commit to Integrity

Commit to Integrity

We are honest and reliable, communicate with truth and honesty, and execute professionalism in all our interactions.
Change Lives

Change Lives

We help ensure McAllen is a great place to live and thrive through the recruitment of companies who provide jobs, teach workplace skills, and invest in our community.
Be Flexible

Be Flexible

The world is constantly changing- what works today may not work tomorrow. MEDC commits to stay focused on principles and goals, but flexible on the method to recruit business, create jobs and investment for our community in the most relevant way possible.
Take Ownership

Take Ownership

At MEDC we are passionate about what we do and take pride in knowing we will do whatever it takes to care for our customers and each other by being prepared, knowledgable, and responsive to others needs.

MEDC History

    • MEDC committed 56 companies and created 4,216 jobs.
    • Faced with unemployment in the mid 20’s, an agricultural economy decimated with two freezes, and the devaluation of the Mexican peso due to lower Mexico oil prices, the McAllen Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) was founded by Mike Allen.
    • MEDC strategic objectives were to diversify the economy, improve relations with Mexico, and improve the profitability of the Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ)
    • MEDC quickly grew to 6 employees and our current President, Keith Patridge, joined the organization
    • In order to compete with low wages in Asian countries such as Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and Hong Kong, MEDC focused on recruiting manufacturing companies to Reynosa, Mexico. This gave birth to the booming maquila industries in Reynosa and allowed supplier companies to set up operations in McAllen
    • Whirlpool became one of the first companies to commit approximately 30,000 sq. ft.
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    • MEDC committed 288 companies and created 43,268 jobs.
    • Keith and the leadership team traveled to different cities across the country conducting as many as 5 Hit and Run Seminars to recruit businesses to McAllen/Reynosa metro
    • First students enroll at South Texas Community College to provide industry needed skills
    • McAllen International airport is expanded with the addition of Continental Airlines and American Airlines
    • McAllen named “All American City” which was given to communities that demonstrate the following: civic engagement, collaboration, inclusion and innovation to address local issues
    • McAllen ranked 3rd fastest growing metroplex in the country and is the first MSA with job growth in excess of 23% for 5 years in Forbes Magazine
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    • MEDC committed 272 companies and created 50,948 jobs.
    • The Anzalduas International Bridge opens in 2009
    • McAllen Foreign Trade Zone began offering 3rd party logistic services
    • South Texas Community College became South Texas College and began offering bachelor’s programs in Applied Technology
    • McAllen ranked number 1 in job growth and 2nd in income growth by Forbes Magazine
    • In one year MEDC committed 47 companies and created over 11,000 job in the McAllen/Reynosa metro
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    • MEDC committed 5 North American company headquarters to McAllen Reynosa metro
    • McAllen ranked as the 4th top performing city in Milken Institute & one of the top performing metros post recession in Brookings Institute
    • City of McAllen celebrates 100 years (1911-2011)
    • McAllen ISD was named College Ready Gold Performance Acknowledgement School District and Top 25 district with highest number of students applying to Texas Colleges
    • UT – Pan Am merges with UT – Brownsville to become University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
    • UTRGV School of Medicine opens in 2018 with the inaugural class of 2022
    • Master planned Community Tres Lagos is formed and Texas A&M University opens
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Keith Patridge

President & CEO

Keith Patridge joined the McAllen Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) in 1988 and has served as president and CEO since 2007. In this capacity, he is responsible for advancing the diversification and growth of the McAllen region through partnerships and market strategies. With his experience in business development, sales, operations and manufacturing management, Mr. Patridge provides a unique insight into the elements required to successfully start up and prosper with new operations in a border location. Mr. Patridge is an alumnus of Missouri Western State University and received his Juris Doctorate at University of Missouri- Kansas City. He serves on many community boards including: Rio South Texas Economic Council (RSTEC), Fundación México Estados Unidos para la Ciencia (FUMEC), COSTEP, and the McAllen Industrial Foundation.

Janie Cavazos

Vice President of Business Recruitment

As the Vice President of US Business Development, Ms. Cavazos recruits new businesses and retains existing businesses in McAllen through the Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) Program, designed to assist local companies stay and grow in McAllen. Ms. Cavazos has over 28 years of experience at MEDC and has been instrumental in placing hundreds of businesses and bringing thousands of jobs to the McAllen region. Ms. Cavazos is an alumna of the University of Texas Pan American where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Communications. She is also an active member of the South Texas Manufacturing Association.

Ralph Garcia

Vice President of Business Recruitment

Ralph Garcia joined the MEDC team in 2001 and has served as Vice President of Business Recruitment since 2006. Mr. Garcia is focused on attracting new international companies to the McAllen region to add to the 16 countries with manufacturing operations in the McAllen region. Through the Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) Program, Mr. Garcia assists companies already doing business in the McAllen region to grow and expand. Mr. Garcia is an active member of the European American Investment Council (EAIC) and works closely with our neighbors in Reynosa, Mexico to strengthen our bi-national community.

Michael Luna

Systems Administrator

Michael Luna joined the MEDC team in 2014 as the Systems Administrator. In his role he oversees the installation and maintenance of equipment and networks and performs system administration of servers and computers. Mr. Luna continues to ensure that the McAllen EDC team is kept up to date with technology in the office.

Susie Flores

Research Coordinator

Susie Flores joined the MEDC team in 2001 and has worked in many capacities during her tenure with MEDC. She became the Research and Data Coordinator in 2008 where she supports business operations by researching and providing key community data for the McAllen region. Susie is an alumna of South Texas College where she holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership.

Gricelda Merle

Executive Assistant

Gricelda Merle joined the MEDC team in 2018 as our front desk receptionist, answering calls and greeting guests who visit our office. She greets all of our clients with a smile to make sure they feel welcome and directs them to the appropriate MEDC staff member. Gricelda is currently enrolled at UTRGV working towards a bachelor’s degree in Spanish-English Translation and Interpretation. If you speak German, Portuguese or French don’t hesitate to strike up a conversation with her.

Board Members

Name Role  
Paul Moxley Chairman Chief Executive Officer, Texas Regional Bank
Mark Freeland Vice Chairman Attorney, Mark Freeland Law Office
Alma Ortega-Johnson Treasurer President, Wells Fargo Bank
Dr. Pablo Tagle III Secretary Doctor , Chiropratic Wellness Center
Keith Patridge President President & CEO , McAllen Economice Development Corporation
Adriana McElrath Vice President Vice President of Finance & Human Resources, McAllen Economic Development Corporation
Name Role  
Steve Ahlenius Board Member President & CEO, McAllen Chamber of Commerce
Marcus Barrera Board Member Attorney, Barrera, Sanchez & Associates
George Cardenas Board Member Senior Vice President/RGV Market President, Vantage Bank
Enrique Castro Board Member General Manager, Mercorp, Inc.
David Deanda Board Member President, Lone Star National Bank
Brian Disque Board Member Senior Vice President, Vantage Bank
Rebecca Garcia Board Member CPA, Boston McCumber & Longoria
Dr. Parwinder Grewal Board Member Executive Vice President for Research, Graduate Studies, & New Program Development, UTRGV
Brian Humphreys Board Member Executive Vice President/Chief Lending Officer, Rio Bank
Jason Leal Board Member Chief Administrative Officer, Texas Regional Bank
Sharon McGhee Board Member Commercial Relationship Manager, BBVA Compass Bank
Annie Holland Miller Board Member Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Manager, Holland Investments, LTD
Keith Moore Board Member Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
Robert C. Norman Board Member Chairman, Plains Captial Bank
Dr. David C. Plummer Board Member VP Information Services & Planning and Strategic Initiatives, South Texas College
Nick Rhodes Board Member President/CEO, Rhodes Enterprises, Inc.
Roel “Roy” Rodriguez Board Member City Manager, City of McAllen
Joaquin Spammer Board Member President, Colimar International Inc. (CIL)
Laura Warren Board Member Ex-Officio Principal, The Warren Group Architects, Inc
Chad E. Wootton Board Member Associate Vice President for External Affairs, Texas A & M University
James "Jim" Darling Voting Member Mayor, City of McAllen
Sally Fraustro-Guerra Voting Member Representing the McAllen Chamber of Commerce Residential & Commercial RGV, La Mansion Real Estate
Victor “Seby” Haddad Voting Member McAllen City Commissioner, City of McAllen
Brian Lewis Voting Member Executive Vice President, Higginbotham Business Insurance
Trey Pebley Voting Member Foremost Paving
Adrian Villarreal Voting Member President & CEO, IBC Bank
Bill Wilson Voting Member President, D. Wilson Construction Company
Matt Wolthoff Voting Member Chief Operating Officer, Harlingen Medical Center
Dr. Cayetano Barrera Advisory Board
Ernie Williams Advisory Board Realtor, Davis Real Estate

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About us

Founded in 1988 the McAllen Economic Development Corporation ( or MEDC) is a non profit corporation funded by the City of McAllen to generate job growth by attracting new industry and helping existing companies to expand. Part of McAllen’s success has been the explosive growth of Reynosa, Mexico. Just across the United States – Mexico border, both communities have collaborated to create one of the most recognized industrial sectors home to several fortune 500 companies. The MEDC is committed to being a single point of contact to industrial businesses; whether your manufacturing needs are in McAllen or Reynosa, we provide services at no cost to the companies seeking cost effective manufacturing strategies to maintain a competitive edge in today’s global economy.

6401 S 33rd Street
McAllen, Texas 78503
(956) 682-2875

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