About the EDC

The Harlingen EDC Serves as the Primary Spark Plug for the Economic Development Engine in Harlingen

As a general rule, the recruitment and retention of “primary” jobs in our community remains critical in our effort to facilitate the creation of wealth.  Primary jobs are usually defined as those jobs created by employers that sell their goods or services outside the community.  This results in new money brought into the local economy.  New money is then circulated within the community; and thus, additional jobs, tax revenue and economic activity are generated.

Employers in this sector are generally in the manufacturing, distribution, administrative/back office, and research and development sectors.  They typically pay higher wages than most companies in the tertiary sector of the local economy.

A second process by which the EDC seeks to create wealth in Harlingen is through its support of business growth, innovation, and entrepreneurship.  As an organization that is dedicated to Harlingen and its people, we leverage partnerships between the public and private sectors in order to drive growth, create jobs, and improve the quality of life.