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Mission Economic Development Corporation

The Mission Economic Development Corporation is dedicated to creating a workforce with 21st century skills and a first class environment for conducting business recruitment, retention, and expansion while maintaining a steadfast focus on quality of life for the citizens of Mission.

About Mission EDC

Mission EDC, a component of the City of Mission, Texas, is tasked with creating jobs, attracting capital investment, improving the quality of life and strengthening the workforce in Mission, Texas. Mission EDC accomplishes its task by focusing in five areas: Entrepreneurship and STEAM Education, Business Expansion and Retention, Recruitment, Infrastructure and Transportation and Quality of Life.

Mission, Texas occupies the western portion of the McAllen MSA… the fastest growing MSA’s in Texas. Tremendous growth in population and investments in the Mission area are happening now! In addition to the 1 million inhabitants on the American side of the Rio Grande River, Mission, Texas is just minutes north of the 2 million residents of Reynosa and Matamoros, popular manufacturing centers in Northern Mexico.

City Demographics


The population in 2013 was is 81,050. In 2010, the Census count in the area was 77,058. The rate of change since 2010 was 1.26% annually. The five-year projection for the population in the area is 87,429 representing a change of 1.47% annually from 2014 to 2019. Currently, the population is 48.1% male and 51.9% female.

Median Age, Race and Ethnicity

The median age in this area is 31.1, compared to U.S. median age of 37.7.


Population 18 to 24 years

Less than high school graduate :  22.3%

High school graduate (includes equivalency) :  35.4%

Some college or associate’s degree :  38.2%

Bachelor’s degree or higher :  4.0%

Population 25 years and over

Percent high school graduate or higher :  71.9%

Percent bachelor’s degree or higher :  22.3%


School District Profile
Mission CISD
Total Students  :  15,741
% Hispanic  :  98.9
% Economically Disadvantaged  :  84.1

Sharyland ISD
Total Students  :  10,205
% Hispanic  :  91.5
% Economically Disadvantaged  :  61.0

La Joya ISD
Total Students  :  29,177
% Hispanic  :  99.7
% Economically Disadvantaged  :  95.2


The household count in this area has changed from 23,117 in 2010 to 24,519 in the current year, a change of 1.40% annually. The five- year projection of households is 26,474, a change of 1.55% annually from the current year total. Average household size is currently 3.31, compared to 3.33 in the year 2010. The number of families in the current year is 20,253 in the specified area.

Households by Income

Current median household income is $39,440 in the area, compared to $52,076 for all U.S. households. Median household income is projected to be $46,834 in five years, compared to $59,599 for all U.S. households.

Current average household income is $57,704 in this area, compared to $72,809 for all U.S. households. Average household income is projected to be $68,403 in five years, compared to $83,937 for all U.S. households.

Current per capita income is $17,356 or 38% below the U.S. per capita of $27,871. The per capita income is projected to be $20,652 in five years, compared to $32,168 for all U.S. households.


Currently, 59.9% of the 28,981 housing units in the area are owner occupied; 24.7%, renter occupied; and 15.4% are vacant. Currently, in the U.S., 56.0% of the housing units in the area are owner occupied; 32.4% are renter occupied; and 11.6% are vacant. In 2010, there were 27,291 housing units in the area – 60.4% owner occupied, 24.3% renter occupied, and 15.3% vacant. The annual rate of change in housing units since 2010 is 2.71%. Median home value in the area is $126,160, compared to a median home value of $190,791 for the U.S. In five years, median value is projected to change by 8.76% annually to $191,998.c


Mission EDC continues to connect entrepreneurs with necessary assets in order to remove barriers to growth, drive up revenue, and increase employment opportunities for all residents. High-growth technology and knowledge based businesses that generate export revenue have continued to be targeted specifically by Mission EDC.



Ruby Red Ventures is a $100,000 small business fund that aims to nurture entrepreneurial spirit and promote the creation of innovative businesses in the City of Mission.

Visit Website: www.rubyredventures.com


A fund that aims to teach computer programming to potential business startups. The goal is that participants will apply this knowledge toward the creation of technology-based businesses in the City of Mission.

Visit Website: www.codethetown.com


Mission EDC launched the Expert-in-Residence program to address the growing need of creative professionals. This initiative will connect Mission residents to experts in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM).

The launch of the Expert-in-Residence program comes at a pivotal time in the city’s growth. As Mission’s workforce continues to develop at a rapid pace, this new initiative will meet the demand for resources and training in areas not usually accessible to Mission residents. Supported by this new initiative, the city of Mission continues to engage its residents in the exchange of ideas and prepare them for the labor market of the 21st century.

Visit Website: https://www.missionedc.com/expert-in-residence/


The key goal of this program is to deliver hands-on education that provides pathways to entrepreneurship for creative individuals in the City of Mission, Texas.


The Center for Education and Economic Development (CEED) is a dynamic new facility in the City of Mission that aims to create an Entrepreneurial (E) and Science, Technology, Education, Arts, and Math (STEAM) ecosystem. Using three existing programs, Ruby Red Ventures, Code the Town, and Enginuity to jumpstart CEED, Mission EDC is taking the initiative to provide economic development services and E-STEAM education related programs to attract and retain both businesses and talent. This powerful strategy will lead to more sustainable businesses and a 21st Century ready workforce in the City of Mission. To purchase membership, click here: http://missionceed.org


Mission possesses a business infrastructure that is the envy of many cities in the Rio Grande Valley. With fully-served industrial sites, a nearby international airport, rail, port access (Anzalduas Bridge), and major highways, the community is well positioned for growth.

In the last 15 years, Mission’s population has nearly doubled, the number of businesses have increased by some 90 percent and more people are working here than ever before. To keep up demands on mobility, the Mission EDC has continued to invest in innovative solutions.

In finding a new, creative way forward, Mission EDC’s board of directors established the Mission Corridors Fund. The Mission Corridors Fund allowed the EDC to set aside $1 million to be used specifically on the Shary Retail Corridor (Shary Rd beginning on Business Hwy 83 to Military Rd.) and the Bryan Rd/Anzalduas International Corridor (beginning on Business Hwy 83, ending at the port of entry). With the continued demand for property along these two corridors, Mission EDC is one step ahead and ready to further enhance infrastructure as businesses choose to setup along these rapidly growing routes.


Mission EDC continues to focus of areas that make Mission, Texas an attractive place to call home. In this day in age, many of those who are looking to venture off focus first on a place that they would like to live and then look for jobs in that area. Mission EDC understands that the aesthetics of the community help attract those who are looking for a place to live, and because of this, the team is dedicated to focusing on areas such as downtown and major thoroughfares in order to increase the quality of the community. Special attention will be paid to aspects that make someone feel at home in Mission, Texas and will increase its status as a well-rounded community.


Downtown Facade Improvement Program

In September 2013, the Mission Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Board of Directors and the City of Mission City Council agreed to set aside $100,000 from Mission EDC’s FY 2013-2014 budget for the creation of MEDC’s Downtown Façade Improvement Program. The purpose of this program is to encourage the upgrading of commercial buildings in the City of Mission’s Downtown District; thereby strengthening the physical and economic vitality of the area.

There are two types of façade improvement grants that property owners can apply for: 1) a matching grant and 2) a non-matching grant. Grants will be awarded on a competitive first come first serve basis until all downtown façade improvement funds have been exhausted for the respective fiscal year. However, program funds will be re-allocated at the commencement of each fiscal year. The information below explains how these programs work and what is expected from each applicant.

Downtown Rent Subsidy Program

Desired Businesses : Upscale restaurant, bistro, coffee shop, specialty grocery store, bookstore, music store, or art studio, i.e., performing, graphic, culinary, or gallery.

Rent Subsidy : A rent subsidy is available to new business start-ups as well as established businesses that want to move or open a location in downtown Mission. Qualified businesses can receive a subsidy for a total not to exceed $7,500. Businesses must sign a minimum of a 2-year lease on a location along Conway between 1st and 18th street. In addition, businesses must be willing to remain open past 6pm.

MEDA STC Scholarship

Have you been a Permanent Resident of the City of Mission, Texas for at least 2 or more consecutive years?

Have you earned a high school diploma or GED?

Do you plan to further your education by obtaining a Certificate, Associate, or Bachelors degree?
If you answered yes to these questions you may be eligible for a scholarship offered by the Mission Economic Development Authority (MEDA) in partnership with South Texas College. This scholarship is specific to permanent residents of the City of Mission and is available for full or part-time students.

Visit Website: STC MEDA Scholarship


In order to provide superior service to, and promote the growth of existing Mission businesses, Mission EDC serves as the main point of contact for the community.

In April 2012, Mission EDC played a role in assuring that the newly formed alliance between Hi-Tech Plastics and Royal Technologies had a smooth transition. Hi-Tech Plastics, a custom molder in Mission and Royal Technologies, a supplier to automotive, office furniture and consumer products companies in Hudsonville, MI, formed this alliance to better serve their customers in Mexico. The agreement resulted in a capital investment of $4.8 million and an increase of approximately 30 jobs.

This alliance proved to be a great match and in early Oct. 2012, Royal Technologies acquired Hi-Tech plastics with the intention of increasing employment, production and the size of the facility. Royal Technologies has about 900 employees throughout the US and Hi-Tech employed about 90 in Mission.


Recruit new businesses to Mission with an emphasis on targeted industry segments that would especially prosper in the local environment. The Mission area has many assets that make it attractive to a diverse range of businesses. Because of the city’s recent unprecedented growth, Mission’s retail portfolio also keeps expanding rapidly. The City continues to draw a dynamic influx of eateries such as Freebirds World Burrito, Panda Express and Chic-fil-A and other staple known brands that are thriving here like Target, CVS, Walgreens and HEB. Thanks to assets such as the Cimarron Country Club and the 6,000-acre master-planned community, Sharyland Plantation, Mission remains one of the most attractive cities in the Rio Grande Valley with its high population density, above average household incomes, and ever increasing traffic counts. Mission EDC maintains a strong presence at the various International Council of Shopping Centers conferences.

Even as retail booms, Mission EDC remains focused on strengthening its industrial base. Mission continues to leverage its strong business alliances and logistical advantages to attract new industry to the City. Just minutes from an international port of entry and directly on Interstate 2, Mission’s connectivity and low commute times are distinct advantages for the business community located here.


International Council of Shopping Centers

Founded in 1957, ICSC is the global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 70,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, investors, retailers, brokers, academics, and public officials. The shopping center industry is essential to economic development and opportunity. They are a significant job creator, driver of GDP, and critical revenue source for the communities they serve through the collection of sales taxes and the payment of property taxes. These taxes fund important municipal services like firefighters, police officers, school services, and infrastructure like roadways and parks.

Visit Website: www.icsc.org

Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce

The Detroit Regional Chamber is a well connected and influential force powering the economy for Southeast Michigan. Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. Chamber activities and initiatives are centered on four strategic pillars: economic development, regional collaboration, education reform and member value.

Visit Website: www.detroitchamber.com

Site Consultants Forum

Area Development’s Consultants Forum brings together many of the leading voices in site consulting for an intense program of presentations, panels and roundtable discussions focused on the most current trends, strategy & solutions influencing corporate site selection. Over two productive days attendees participate in a fast paced program of insightful and thought provoking 30 minute or less presentations given by leading site consultants whose key takeaways are designed to advance professional development and add value an EDC’s program business recruitment and retention strategy.

Visit Website: www.areadevelopment.com/consultantsforum


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Mission Economic Development Corporation | 801 N Bryan Rd | Mission, TX 78572
Email: Info@MissionEDC.com Contact Us: (956) 585-0040 or (800) 707-1155