NAAMREI Regional Manufacturing Summit – January 29, 2015

NAAMREI Regional Manufacturing Summit

January 29, 2015 7:45am – 3:00pm

Location:  Texas State Technical College

University Center Building

2424 Boxwood, Harlingen, TX 78550


 7:45am – 8:30am:      Registration & Breakfast

 8:30am – 9:00am:      Welcome—Carlos Margo, Associate Dean, South Texas College Office of Industry Training and Economic Development and Executive Director for NAAMREI

Greeting and Introductory Remarks—Dr. Stella Garcia, Interim President, Texas State Technical College—Harlingen

The NAAMREI Alliance—Dr. Cynthia Brown, Deputy Provost, The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley

9:00am – 10:45am:           Panel 1 – Regional Infrastructure Needs (Roads and Bridges)

(Mike Willis, Facilitator)

  1. Pilar Rodriguez, Executive Director, Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority
  2. Pete Sepulveda, Executive Director, Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority
  3. Juan Lerma, RGV Switching Company

 10:45am – 11:00am:  Break

 11:00am – 11:45am:  Panel 2 – Regional Infrastructure Needs—Sea Ports

  1.  Eddie Campirano, Port Director and CEO, Port of Brownsville
  2.  Walker Smith, Port Director, Port of Harlingen

11:45am – 12:30am:  Lunch (provided by Harlingen Manufacturer’s Association)

12:30pm – 1:00pm:    Guest Speaker:  Dr. John Adams, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Office

South Texas Economic Sustainability
Introduction by Leticia Flores, Lower South Texas Regional Representative from the Office of the Governor for Economic Development & Tourism

1:00pm – 2:30pm        Panel 3 – Aerospace Cluster Growth Opportunities

  1. Tim Pillar, United Launch Alliance
  2. Edelmiro Muniz, MEI Technologies
  3. Raudel Garza, Harlingen Economic Development Corporation

2:30pm       Final remarks, Norwood Fedie, President, Harlingen Manufacturer’s Association

2:30pm – 3:00pm       Tour of TSTC Manufacturing Labs