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Posted on: January 29, 2024

BROWNSVILLE MAYOR JOHN COWEN JR. GUEST SPEAKER AT ROTARY CLUB OF SUNRISE

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Brownsville Mayor John Cowen Jr. was the guest speaker at a recent meeting hosted by the Rotary Club of Sunrise.

Cowen provided the Rotary Club members with an update on the latest happenings in the City of Brownsville including economic growth, the revitalization of downtown Brownsville, the Rio Grande LNG, property tax growth, SpaceX, and the improvements at the Gladys Porter Zoo.

Cowen said there are more than 2,100 employees at SpaceX in Brownsville and that the company provided more than 7,300 in Cameron County. He added that over 98 % of Starship was built in Cameron County.

“I believe they have invested a total of $3 billion out there and they are currently building a $1.2 million production facility,” Cowen said, adding that SpaceX plans to build another launch pad at the facility.

Cowen said the Rio Grande LNG aims to be a partner in the Rio Grande Valley community and plans to bring 5,000 construction jobs during the peak development period. The company will bring between 350 to 400 long-term jobs with salaries at about $70,000.

“This is going to be a great employer for our region and this is just phase One. They are already talking about Phase Two,” Cowen said.

Cowen also spoke about the success of the North Brownsville Industrial Park and the pre-development of a second industrial park.

In addition, the mayor spoke at the BTX Fiber Project which will provide affordable high-speed internet service to all Brownsville residents.

Cowen said a big part of his campaign was to help the Gladys Porter Zoo since it is the city’s biggest jewel and is what makes the city special.
 “The city owns the property the zoo is on and the zoo manages the zoo and the operations, the animals, and the staff. We are partners with the zoo. We help wherever and whenever we can,” the mayor said.

 

 

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