BROWNSVILLE, Texas – The executive director of Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation says a huge job fair she organized last month was one of the highlights of her career.
Helen Ramirez noted that the event, titled Careers and Coffee, was the largest of its kind ever held in the Rio Grande Valley. It featured more than 1,500 job openings with a variety of organizations including the City of Brownsville, SpaceX, DHR Health, SteelCoast, Southwest Key, and National Electric Coil.
âThis event, which took place on June 28th, was probably one of the highlights of my career. I have had a long career in the public and private industries, over 20 years. And I would say it was a festival of community, âsaid Ramirez.
Ramirez, pictured above, is also the deputy city manager for the City of Brownsville. She made her remarks at a recent lunch hosted by the Rio Grande Valley Partnership, the City of Brownsville, and GBIC. It was titled BTX Developers Event.
Speaking of the career fair, Ramirez said, âWe have a lot of talent here in Brownsville. But there’s also a lot of brain drain when we have college students, talented engineering, aerospace, astrophysicists going to Austin and San Antonio and Houston to find jobs. “
To combat the brain drain, the organizers of Coffee and Careers have targeted some of the major metropolitan areas in Texas.
âWe’ve had commercials specifically in Vimeo hotels, and we’ve really targeted a lot of our great universities in Texas. And a lot just came out, a lot got registered, and we also provided free resources, âRamirez said.
âThe great thing about this event, we started in the morning at 7.45am and didn’t stop until the last interview at 7.30pm. Formal, it can be very personal. This career fair was just, you are interviewed, if you want an interview you are considered. You can actually talk to some of these big companies. “
Ramirez quoted DHR Health Brownsville, which plans to hire around 300 employees by the end of the year. She also referred to SpaceX, which generated a lot of interest from job seekers at the show, and Steel Coast.
“The talent is here and so many people are saying we want to live, work, we want to go back to Brownsville, or just have a different life (was enjoyable),” said Ramirez.
Ramirez said some people are tired of an hour’s commute on the LA freeways. Why would they want this when they can enjoy all that Brownsville has to offer? She asked.
“Why should I do this? I have this beautiful community, a beach 20 minutes away. I can have it all. I can have quality of life, I can have a career, and I can be close to a family and close to an international border.” I think that’s a lot of the quality of life we ââsee (in Brownsville), âRamirez said.
Editor’s note: The podcast above is the fifth in a five-part series on the recent BTX Developers event. Click here for part one with Constanza Miner, Brownsville’s retail and remediation manager. Click here for Part 2 with Brownsville City Manager Noel Bernal. Click here for Part 3 with Spaced Venturs Founder Brant Arseneau. Click here to read Part 4, which introduces Josh Mejia, Executive Director of Brownsville Community Improvements Corporation.
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