The city of Brownsville is among 15 cities and companies vying for consideration to house the administrative offices of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
The University of Texas System provided the list to The Brownsville Herald on Friday afternoon.
The system put out a request for proposals March 14, inviting cities and others to submit proposals “for the gift and/or sale of land or land and a facility located in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas, to be used as the site of the future administration building of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.”
The deadline to submit proposals was 5 p.m. Thursday.
“We feel we submitted a good proposal,” Brownsville City Manager Charlie Cabler said. “We combined efforts with owners of properties. We worked with an engineering firm to help us prepare everything we feel we have a good product. We feel like we have a great opportunity. We felt that it was necessary for us to submit.”
Also vying for the administration offices are the city of Edinburg, city of Harlingen, city of Mercedes, Cielo Reality Partners, Roberto S. Zamora, Cadence Commercial Real Estate, D&M Ventures LLC, city of San Benito, city of Weslaco, the economic Development Corporation of Weslaco, city of San Juan, S.E.R.R. Properties LLC, MVP Partnership Ltd. and the city of McAllen.
The City of Edinburg was one of the first cities to publicly voice interest in housing the UTRGV administrative offices.
Cabler said Brownsville wants to continue the relationship with the new university as it has over the years with UT Brownsville.
“We have a good feeling that it was possible to submit the best possible application,” Cabler said. Members of the Brownsville City Commission were active in the participation of this proposal, Cabler said.
The city put in various locations as possible sites for the administrative building, Cabler said, citing some areas of the city that are included in the proposal.
“Some city properties in the downtown area,” Cabler said. “We also worked in partnership with private owners of properties on the north side of the city.”
Cabler said various parts of the city were represented in the proposal.
The headquarters would be home to around 100 UTRGV employees, including executive personnel.
From now until July 15, sites will be narrowed down in the search for a headquarters. The chosen site should be announced in August and finalized in December.
The board of regents will make the final decision on the headquarters’ location.