Regional Industrial Growth Will Be Good for Los Fresnos

by Val Champion

We respectfully write to express our support for the LNGs and other manufacturing projects.

As the Valley’s economy grows, so does our family-friendly community of Los Fresnos. More and more people are choosing to live in our suburban community and make the short commute to work in Brownsville, Harlingen and elsewhere in the Valley. Among other favorable factors, they appreciate our well-known school district, fun events like our holiday festivals and parades, our PRCA rodeo, and our overall small community quality of life.

We welcome the three proposed LNG (liquefied natural gas) projects and other manufacturing companies to the region because of the many benefits new industry brings. We understand that these projects will be built at or near the Port of Brownsville and will provide well-paying jobs to thousands of workers during construction and thereafter, hundreds of permanent operations jobs.

As young adults and their families come to work in the Valley, we hope that they will consider establishing their homes in Los Fresnos. Our City Council is dedicated to enhancing our quality of life and is focused on places for public recreation. The City is currently constructing another community park, a 20-acre nature park, and hike and bike trails that connect neighborhoods to schools and parks.

Los Fresnos is also a growing popular destination for birders from across the U.S. and the world. After the LNGs and other manufacturing companies satisfy all federal environmental agencies’ requirements, we believe that we can continue to have a growing and thriving eco-tourism industry because responsible industry and ecotourism can co-exist.

Since LNG Project representatives first appeared in the Rio Grande Valley, they have enjoyed strong support from our local community and its leaders. Once all federal agencies provide approval for these projects, we will be delighted to have them as our neighbors.

Val Champion is Executive Director of the Los Fresnos Chamber of Commerce.

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