About Rio Grande Valley Partnership
To view the Rio Grande Valley Partnership Bylaws please click link below.
"One Region, One Voice"
The Rio Grande Valley Partnership, with its prestigious, sixty-eight year legacy of building businesses in South Texas, exists to cultivate opportunities.
Created in 1944, it unites a diverse and distinguished roster of leadership from across four counties.
A Chamber of Commerce for the whole Valley, the partnership fosters the relationships and coordinates the programs that advance regional economic development.
Often the Partnership works quietly; always it labors modestly. Careful not to duplicate the efforts of local chambers of commerce, the Partnership complements their work from behind-the-scenes, anonymously galvanizing regional support.
Unlike many local chambers and economic development councils, the Rio Grande Valley Partnership does not receive any public funds toward its operational expenses, relying solely on the continued support of Valley businesses.
Guided by its Board of Directors, the partnership acts as an "umbrella organization", uniting diverse groups with a common purpose: to increase the quantity of business and improve the quality of life in the Rio Grande Valley.
How we started
In 1944, Lloyd Bentsen, Sr. became the first Chairman of what we now know as The Rio Grande Valley Partnership Chamber of Commerce.
"For a long time public-spirited citizens have spent a great deal of their individual time and effort trying to further projects that were of inestimable value to the entire citizenship of the Valley. The inattention of the average citizen to those efforts must have been heartbreaking to those who were making this tremendous unselfish sacrifice and we must all realize that had the Valley been united in one large organization to support these workers and work for the general good and advancement of the Valley, the task would have been much easier and the results tremendous by comparison. Up until the creation of the Valley Planning Board [now DBA the Partnership], the Valley has had no such organization to support the efforts of these citizens. We also realize that without such an organization, the general progress of the Valley would be much slower than would be the case if we had such an organization actually functioning and properly financed . . . The Valley Planning Board is non-political and non-sectional, but has unselfishly the interest of the entire Valley at heart and working for every single section of the Valley.
- Lloyd Bentsen, Sr., Chairman, 1944
Meet the First Chairwoman of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership
WESLACO – The Rio Grande Valley Partnership has named McAllen attorney Deborah Cordova as its chair for 2014 – the first time the chamber has ever been lead by a woman in its 69 years.
“Deborah is the absolute right choice to lead this organization right now,” said Julian Alvarez, RGV Partnership President and CEO. “Deborah understands the Partnership’s mission, knows the pulse of the business community and will help lead us as a broader entity especially as we deal with more and more regional issues.”
Alvarez added that Cordova’s selection was even more special because she was chosen by her peers to head up the Partnership. She has spent the last year serving as chair-elect. Current Chairman, Weslaco businessman Spencer Bell, conducted his last meeting on December 19. Cordova would immediately follow Bell and her first board meeting as chair will be in January. Click here to read more.
Click here to watch her interview on McAllen Public Affairs Update.