RioCOG establishes rural economic development post in Marfa

MARFA – The Rio Grande Council of Governments (RGCOG) has established a new position aimed at increasing economic development in the rural areas of their jurisdiction, according to a news release.

Mr. Daniel Hernandez will serve as the Economic Development Coordinator for Brewster, Culberson, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis and Presidio counties.

Hernandez is a native Marfan and has previously served as Director of Constituent Services for State Senator José Rodríguez and State Representative Evelina “Lina” Ortega.

He will be tasked with updating and maintaining the RGCOG’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, as well as working with local officials, organizations, and stakeholders on ways to increase economic development in these communities.

“I’m humbled by the opportunity to work for the Council of Governments and am looking forward seeking out creative ways to spur economic growth and development in the greater Far West Texas region,” said Hernandez.

The Economic Development office is located in the Casner Room at Marfa City Hall, 113 South Highland. Hernandez can be reached by phone or email at 915-588-1375 or [email protected]

Office hours are 8am-5:30pm Monday through Thursday and 8am-noon on Friday.

The Rio Grande Council of Governments was formed in 1967 and was initiated to further intergovernmental cooperation and coordination in the planning, development and delivery of governmental services within its jurisdiction. The Rio Grande COG includes member governments from El Paso, Brewster, Culberson, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, and Presidio counties in Texas and Doña Ana County, New Mexico.