The City of Rio Grande City announced new RGC Chamber of Commerce board members at the regular meeting of the City Commission held on Wednesday evening, June 20, at City Hall.
The reassembling of the RGC Chamber of Commerce is being spearheaded by the RGC Economic Development Corp. "In the absence of [Rio Grande City EDC Executive Director, Mrs. Dalinda Guillen], I will be introducing the newly formed Chamber of Commerce," stated RGC city manager Alberto Perez at the meeting. "We have Mr. Gustavo Gomez as President, Mr. Ruben Islas as Vice President, Mr. David Hernandez as Treasurer, and we've got Mr. Andy Hernandez as Secretary. They are going through the process of formulating their own bylaws [with the help of EDC], and once those are put together, [they'll present them to the commission] for approval."
"I cannot say enough about the Chamber of Commerce," declared RGC Mayor Joel Villarreal. "This is certainly an opportunity to promote the City and promote economic growth and prosperity. We look forward to the many projects that are forthcoming."
"It's an honor to be here, and I'm grateful that my colleagues and I have been given this opportunity to head this new project for the Rio Grande City Chamber of Commerce," stated Gomez at the meeting (translated from Spanish).
The naming of the new board marks the City's third attempt to create a Chamber of Commerce. According to an article in The Monitor newspaper, the City's second attempt create a Chamber happened in 2011 with the creation of the Greater Chamber of Commerce Rio Grande City (GCCRGC).
The GCCRGC would primary host community events, business mixers, and membership drives. They would also host holiday events such as haunted houses, and City's official Christmas Parade. The last Christmas parade hosted by the GCCRGC was held in 2016.