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Eagle Pass Continues Partnership with EMC

(San Antonio, TX – September 13, 2017) Eagle Pass’ City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday, September 12, to extend EMC Strategy Group’s contract to continue serving as its consultants for Business & Economic Development and Government Relations.  EMC began its services with the City of Eagle Pass on April 1, 2017.

EMC is credited with several accomplishments since the firm begin its work on behalf of the city.  Highlights include statewide representation at key meetings and conferences, such as: Free Trade Alliance NAFTA and AEM Energy Industry luncheons in San Antonio, Eagle Ford Consortium regional meeting in Corpus Christi, 85th Texas Legislative Regular and Special Session in Austin, Ports to Plains Conference in Lubbock, TEX-21 Transportation meeting in Austin, and federal legislative outreach in Washington, DC.  EMC is also spearheading the city’s first “Ready-to-Work” Collaborative Career Fair and GSA Procurement Workshop on September 28 at the International Center for Trade (ICT).

EMC also launched the city’s new Eagle Pass Business & Economic Development (BEDC) at a kick-off luncheon on May 28.  The BEDC has 9 active Sub-Committees and it led by BEDC Chairman Morris Libson.

“We are extremely excited and grateful to Mayor Ramsey English-Cantu and the Eagle Pass City Council for entrusting us to continue our work on behalf of the city and its great people,” says EMC Owner & Founder Janice M. Gonzalez.

As part of the continued agreement, EMC will expand on its coordinated communications with the Mayor and City Council and continue its daily contact with City Manager Art Rodriguez and the BEDC Executive Committee.

EMC serves as the professional staff advisors to the BEDC and manages all external and internal communications in support of the various Sub-Committee.  EMC is also working alongside the city’s master planning consulting firm Kendig & Keast to support the development of the new Eagle Pass Comprehensive Master Plan.

“Our plan has always been to work in the spirit of goodwill to support the city in forming collaborative efforts to help create pathways to improve local and regional economic conditions,” says EMC President & CEO Ernie Gonzalez.  “Eagle Pass’ diamond is the spirit of its people.  We have brought together some of the community’s finest and most outstanding business and community leaders and we are going to harness their talents, passion, and vision for greater economic expansion,” adds Ernie Gonzalez.

For more information, please contact ernie.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com or visit www.emcstrategygroup.com.

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Eagle Pass BEDC Leadership Meets

(Eagle Pass, TX – August 30, 2017) The Eagle Pass Business & Economic Development (BEDC) held an Executive Committee Meeting on Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at Ft. Duncan Regional Medical Center.

BEDC Committee Chairman Morris Libson led the two-hour meeting and received reports from all Sub-Committee Chairs on the BEDC short and long-term goals.  Raul Perez of the Maverick County Economic Development Board was also formally introduced as the Vice-Chairman for the Government Relations Sub-Committee, which is part of the overall ten working sub-committees of the BEDC.

The BEDC Sub-committees include: Agriculture, Amenities Tourism & Visitors, Business & Industry, Cross-Border Relations, Energy & Natural Resources, Executive Labor Mentoring, Government Relations, Labor Workforce & Training, Marketing, and Transportation & Infrastructure.

Arron Tuley, Vice President of Kendig Keast of Houston, provided an overview of the process of the City of Eagle Pass Comprehensive Masterplan and how the BEDC Executive Committee will work to support the development and implementation of the masterplan.

“It’s great to see our two consulting firms (Kendig Keast and EMC Strategy Group, LLC) working together and harnessing the talents of the BEDC Executive Committee Members,” says Eagle Pass City Manager Art Rodriguez.  “We are all in this together and it’s all about teamwork,” adds Rodriguez.

Some of the BEDC Sub-committee briefing highlights included:

Amenities Tourism & Visitors – Establishment of Hotel Managers Advisory Committee.

Business & Industry – Preparation for Texas Secretary of State visit in November.

Cross-Border Relations – Engaging Piedras Negras representatives to participate BEDC conferences.

Energy & Natural Resources – AT&T concept to modernize cellular service to Eagle Pass.

Government Relations – GSA Procurement Workshop to be held on September 28.

Labor Workforce & Training – “Ready to Work” Collaborative Career Fair to be held on September 28

Marketing – Development of Eagle Pass promotional campaign.

Transportation & Infrastructure – Preparation of TXDOT Chief Engineer visit this fall.

“I am very encouraged to see the BEDC Executive Committee working within their sub-committees to address the goals they established just a few weeks ago,” says BEDC Chair Morris Libson.  “Just to think that three months ago none of this was organized and now we are working together and through collaborative efforts just as we outlined from day one, focused on unity,” adds Libson.

EMC Strategy Group, LLC, is serving as the professional staff advisors for the Eagle Pass BEDC.

For more information, please contact ernie.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com or visit us on Facebook @eaglepassbedc.

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Eagle Pass to Hold “Ready to Work” Collaborative Career Fair

(Eagle Pass, TX – August 30, 2017) The City of Eagle Pass, through its Business & Economic Development (BEDC), will hold the its first collaborative career fair, themed “Ready to Work,” on September 28, 2017, at the International Center for Trade in Eagle Pass, TX.

As part of the Eagle Pass BEDC’s mission, the career fair will be a collaborative effort and include several local, state, and federal government and private sector groups.

Lead organizing partners include: Eagle Pass BEDC, Middle Rio Grande Development Council, Texas Workforce Solutions, and Southwest Texas Junior College.

Participating agencies include: Office of the Governor, Maverick County Hospital District, Ft. Duncan Regional Medical Center, Power Mark Resources, AT&T, U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Customs, FBI, U.S. Secret Service, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Game Wardens, Eagle Pass Police Department, and Eagle Pass Fire Department.

Southwest Texas Junior College is taking the lead on inviting high school juniors and seniors form Eagle Pass ISD and several surrounding school districts.

The “Ready to Work” Collaborative Career Fair will have two dedicated sessions.

High School Student Session (9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) 11th & 12th grade students.

General Public Session (1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.).

“We are very excited about this collaborative career fair and the opportunities that it will create for the residents of Eagle Pass and the region,” says Eagle Pass BEDC Labor Workforce & Training Sub-Committee Chair Terri Patlan-Contreras.  Patlan-Contreras, who also serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Maverick County Hospital District, has been working diligently with the city’s consulting firm EMC Strategy Group, LLC, for the last several weeks to organize this career fair through the BEDC Labor Workforce & Training Sub-Committee.

“This career fair is a step in the right direction and will expose Eagle Pass residents to well-paying jobs that can lead to long-term careers,” says Eagle Pass City Manager Art Rodriguez.  “Our Eagle Pass BEDC team, led by Chairman Morris Libson, and Labor Workforce & Training Sub-Committee Chair Terri Patlan-Contreras are certainly doing a great service for the entire community and building a new foundation for the future of our city,” adds Rodriguez.

For more information, please contact ernie.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com or visit us on Facebook @eaglepassbedc.

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Eagle Pass Bridge Director Placido Madera, Deputy Land Commissioner Anne Idsal, and EMC’s Ernie and Janice Gonzalez

Eagle Pass Represented at TEX-21 Transportation Meeting

 (August, TX – August 30, 2017) The City of Eagle Pass, through its Business & Economic Development (BEDC), participated at the TEX-21 quarterly meeting in Austin, TX, on August 23, 2017.

TEX-21 or Transportation Excellence for the 21st Century, is a statewide Transportation and Infrastructure public policy group that provides important updates to the Office of the Governor, and the state and federal legislature.

The City of Eagle Pass Delegation included: Eagle Pass Bridge Director Placido Madera, and Business & Economic Development and Government Relations Consultants Janice and Ernie Gonzalez of EMC Strategy Group, LLC.

Bridge Director Placido Madera was asked to present over the TEX-21 governing board and highlight the city’s successes tied to the Eagle Pass Bridge System and the recent 5 million expansion to bridge #2.  TEX-21 Executive Director, David Dean, asked that Eagle Pass become permanent members of the key statewide transportation public policy group.

Presentations were also provided by TXDOT Chief Engineer Bill Hale, Chiefs of Staff for State Representatives Ryan Guillen and Armando Martinez,  and Anne Idsal, of the Office of Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush.

The delegation was able to get TXDOT Chief Engineer Bill Hale to agree to visit Eagle Pass this fall to meet with city officials and the Eagle Pass BEDC Transportation & Infrastructure Committee to address transportation issues and opportunities for future TXDOT projects.

“I am glad that City Manager Art Rodriguez supported our participation at the TEX-21 transportation meeting, which is an important step to building key statewide relationships that will help Eagle Pass get greater access to transportation and infrastructure funding,” says Eagle Pass Bridge Director Placido Madera.

This was the first time that the City of Eagle Pass participated in the TEX-21 meeting.  The city’s consulting firm, EMC Strategy Group, LLC, are regular attendees at these meetings and will continue to represent the city at all future TEX-21 meetings.

“I am in almost daily contact with EMC Strategy Group and we are working together to make sure that we are represented at key statewide meetings, like TEX-21,” says Eagle Pass City Manager Art Rodriguez.  “Half of the job is showing up and making sure that we have a seat around the table and that are concerns and priorities are shared to key state and federal officials,” adds Rodriguez.

EMC Strategy Group also represented Eagle Pass this month at the Eagle Ford Consortium Regional Meeting in Corpus Christi, NAFTA Free Trade Alliance Luncheon, and AEM Energy Industry Luncheon in San Antonio.  EMC will also attend the Ports to Plains conference in Lubbock on September 12-14.

For more information, please contact ernie.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com or visit us on Facebook @eaglepassbedc.

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EMC’s Ernie Gonzalez, BEDC Chairman Morris Libson, BEDC Energy & Natural Resources Chair Nik Libson with former U.S. Ambassador Tony Garza

Eagle Pass Delegation Attends Energy Industry Luncheon

(San Antonio, TX – August 23, 2017) A delegation representing the City of Eagle Pass and its Business & Economic Development (BEDC), attended the Asociacion de Empresarios Mexicanos or AEM Energy Industry Luncheon in San Antonio, TX, on Monday, August 21, 2017.

The city’s delegation included Eagle Pass BEDC Chairman Morris Libson, BEDC Energy & Natural Resources Sub-Committee Chairman Nik Libson, and EMC Strategy Group Owner & Founder Janice and President & CEO Ernie Gonzalez.

Special guests at the AEM Luncheon included: Texas Secretary of State Rolando Palobos, Chairman Commissioner Guillermo Garcia Alcocer, of the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission, Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton, Bill Magness, CEO of ERCOT (Texas Electric Reliability Council), and former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Tony Garza.

The speakers presented a positive vision for the future of the energy industry impacting both the State of Texas and Mexico.  They stressed the need for government to invest in greater infrastructure and to also work with the energy industry to help build an avenue for economic growth.  Representatives from Mexico and the United States echoed the need for more uniformed and streamlined regulatory industry standards that could make it easier for American and Mexican energy companies do business, while at the same time protecting the environment.

“Eagle Pass needs to maintain our presence at these important energy industry events so that we can be involved in the conversation for economic growth, especially through energy opportunities,” says Eagle Pass City Manager Art Rodriguez.

“We are certainly going to engage our state and federal government officials and conduct outreach to our partners across the Rio Grande,” says Eagle Pass BEDC Chairman.  “We have a common interest to improve the economy on both sides of the border, prosperity has no borders,” adds Libson.

The Eagle Pass BEDC established the Energy & Natural Resources Sub-Committee in July and has already attended the Eagle Ford Consortium Regional Meeting in Corpus Christi and the AEM Energy Industry Luncheon this month.  The sub-committee is led by Nik Libson.  Nik will be working through his sub-committee to identify energy related opportunities that support local and regional economic growth.

For more information, please contact ernie.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com or visit us on Facebook @eaglepassbedc.

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EMC’s Ernie and Janice Gonzalez with Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton

City Represented Eagle Ford Consortium Regional Meeting

(Corpus Christi, TX – August 21, 2017) The City of Eagle Pass, through its Business & Economic Development (BEDC), was represented at the Eagle Ford Consortium Regional Meeting in Corpus Christi on Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

The city’s government relations & business economic development consulting firm, EMC Strategy Group, LLC, led by Janice M. Gonzalez and Ernie Gonzalez, Jr., attended the regional meeting.  Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton was the keynote speaker and provided a positive update regarding the increased production in the Eagle Ford Shale.  Commissioner Sitton told attendees that he is confident that the cost of the barrel of oil will increase throughout the next several months and into 2018.  This will have a ripple effect in on the overall Texas economy and communities throughout the Eagle Ford.  “I am optimistic about the oil and gas industry in Texas and the reports on increased permitting requests that my office is seeing this year,” says Commissioner Sitton.

Currently, the price per barrel is sitting at a comfortable $48.50 and expected to hit $55 by the end of the year.  This is a 2.93% increase over last year.  Oil companies throughout the Eagle Ford have increased their manpower and productivity and brought back bonus incentives for oil field workers, which had been held back for over a year.

“The information we received at the Eagle Ford Consortium Meeting was absolutely uplifting and will certainly have a positive impact on the regional economy,” says EMC Owner & Founder Janice M. Gonzalez.  EMC Strategy Group, LLC, will represent the City of Eagle Pass and its BEDC at all future Eagle Ford Consortium Meetings.

“I am really pleased that the City of Eagle Pass has a physical presence at key meetings throughout the state,” says Eagle Pass City Manager Art Rodriguez.  “As we gather important information and relay it back to the mayor, city council, city staff, and the BEDC, we will be able to make better and informed decisions,” adds Rodriguez.

The Eagle Ford Consortium is non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that the communities in the Eagle Ford Shale region can explore, produce and benefit from the area’s natural gas and oil resources.  Its board is made up of key business and government leaders from throughout the Eagle Ford Shale.  Eagle Pass hosted a consortium meeting in 2016 and plans are already in the works to do so again.

For more information, please contact ernie.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com or visit us on Facebook @eaglepassbedc.

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Eagle Pass BEDC Executive Committee in Action

(Eagle Pass, TX – August 4, 2017) The Eagle Pass Business & Economic Development (BEDC) Sub-Committees have been busy building their committees, setting monthly meetings, and identifying their short and long-term goals.

The Eagle BEDC is comprised of ten working sub-committees, which include: Agriculture, Amenities Tourism & Visitors, Business & Industry, Cross-Border Relations, Energy & Natural Resources, Executive Labor Mentoring, Government Relations, Labor Workforce Training, Marketing, Transportation & Infrastructure.  Each of the sub-committees is led by its respective chairman and vice-chairman.  Each sub-committee has already identified short and long-term goals and will meet monthly to track their progress.

All BEDC members participated in a Committee Orientation that was put on by EMC Strategy Group, LLC on July 19 & 20, at the ICT Facility.  During the orientation, members were trained on using the SMART method when identifying and tracking goals.  The SMART goal method stands for: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bounded.  The SMART method is used widely used by corporate America, government, and nonprofits throughout the nation to keep large groups on task and focused on the mission.  In the case of the BEDC, the goal is to improve local and regional economic conditions.

“I am very pleased with the Eagle Pass BEDC Leadership and the organizational discipline that our Committee Chairman Mr. Morris Libson is instilling in this key business and economic development group,” says Eagle Pass City Manager Art Rodriguez.  “I also commend the individual Sub-Committee Chairs for their commitment to the mission of the BEDC and taking ownership of their teams and addressing their goals, this initiative has come to live,” adds Rodriguez.

The city’s Business & Economic Development and Government Relations firm, EMC Strategy Group, LLC, is serving as the staff advisors to the BEDC and working daily with its chairman and all Sub-Committee Chairs.  All Sub-Committee meeting dates and agendas are available at www.emcstrategygroup.com.  As an advisory committee to the City of Eagle Pass, the BEDC is in full compliance with the “Open Records Act.” BEDC Quarterly Meetings will be announced via the City Secretary’s Office.

For more information, please contact ernie.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com or visit us on Facebook @eaglepassbedc.

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EMC Holds Free Telecommunications Workshops

(San Diego and Freer, TX – July 28, 2017) The Cities of San Diego and Freer will hold two Telecommunications workshops on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. This month’s workshops are sponsored by EMC Strategy Group, LLC.

AT&T will present telecommunications workshops focused on keeping businesses running at a low operational cost. Informational packets will be provided for workshop participants, along with the opportunity to meet Corpus Christi business advisor and guest speaker Lianna Love.

Segments to be covered at the seminars include; streamlining business process, boosting employee productivity, improving customer interaction and response times, enhancing brand recognition with mobile applications, and reducing risk with scalable cross platform solutions.

“In today’s world, reliable communication networks play a vital role in connecting businesses with their clients” says EMC President & CEO Ernie Gonzalez. “AT&T is the leading communications company in the world. It’s exciting to have them in San Diego and Freer, TX holding these free seminars and teaching local business owners key telecommunications techniques to succeed” Gonzalez adds.

The workshops will also be streamed on Facebook Live and posted on the city’s website and Facebook Page.

For more information on the workshop and advertising opportunities visit www.sandiegotexas.org and www.freertx.org.

You may also contact janice.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com or call 210.960.4340, Ext. 102.

San Diego Workshop – Wednesday, August 9, 12-1:00 p.m, at San Diego City Hall. Lunch provided.

Freer Workshop – Wednesday, August 9, 3-4 p.m., at the Freer ISD Boardroom.

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Eagle Pass BEDC Holds First Executive Committee Meeting

(Eagle Pass, TX – July 26, 2017) The Eagle Pass Business & Economic Development (BEDC) held its first Executive Committee meeting on Monday, July 24, 2017, at IBC Bank.  The Executive Committee meeting was a huge milestone for the BEDC, which was launched at a kick-off luncheon on May 25, 2017.

In just two months, the BEDC has held two committee orientations, held a series of conference calls, established 10 working sub-committees, named its chairman, and its executive committee.  Additionally, the Sub-Committees on Business & Industry, Government Relations, Labor Workforce & Training, Marketing, and Transportation & Infrastructure have each held their first meetings and set short-term goals.

“I’m very pleased that we are moving along swiftly, but with organization and strategy,” says Eagle Pass BEDC Chairman Morris Libson.  “Wow, in just two months we went from the idea of this business & economic development initiative, to actually bringing a group of very talented and passionate leaders together and driving this thing,” “I’ve discussed our progress with Mayor Ramsey English-Cantu and I’m going to continue work with our Staff Advisors to keep the Mayor and City Council informed of our progress,” adds Libson.

The first BEDC Executive Committee was in the works for three weeks and centered around the organization of the group, which included formalizing meeting calendars, Sub-Committee membership, and identifying short and long-term goals.  City Manager Art Rodriguez attended Monday’s meeting and thanked all attendees for serving on the BEDC Executive Committee and informed them that the City of Eagle Pass and his staff will be available to support their efforts to improve economic conditions for the city and the region.   

Eagle Pass’ BEDC will have several meetings throughout the year, that will include: monthly Executive Committee Meetings, monthly Sub-Committee Meetings, Quarterly Meetings, and an Annual Business Meeting.

“Our team is going to have its work cut out for us with 10 working Sub-Committees,” says EMC Strategy Group President & CEO Ernie Gonzalez.  Gonzalez and the EMC team are serving as the Professional Staff Advisors to the group.  “We are using technology, such as; conference and video calls, shared drives, etc., to help us manage the Eagle Pass BEDC,” adds Gonzalez.

For more information, please contact ernie.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com or visit us on Facebook @eaglepassbedc.

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Eagle Pass BEDC Holds First Executive Committee Meeting

(San Antonio, TX – July 25, 2017) The Eagle Pass Business & Economic Development (BEDC) held its first Executive Committee meeting on Monday, July 24, 2017, at IBC Bank.  The Executive Committee meeting was a huge milestone for the BEDC, which was launched at a kick-off luncheon on May 25, 2017.

In just two months, the BEDC has held two committee orientations, held a series of conference calls, established 10 working sub-committees, named its chairman, and its executive committee.  Additionally, the Sub-Committees on Government Relations, Labor Workforce & Training, Marketing, and Transportation & Infrastructure have each held their first meetings and set short-term goals.

“I’m very pleased that we are moving swiftly, but with organization and strategy,” says Eagle Pass BEDC Chairman Morris Libson.  “Wow, in just two months we went from the idea of this business & economic development initiative, to actually bringing a group of very talented and passionate leaders together and driving this thing,” adds Libosn.

The first BEDC Executive Committee was in the works for three weeks and centered around the organization of the group, which included formalizing meeting calendars, Sub-Committee membership, and identifying short and long-term goals.

Eagle Pass’ BEDC will have several meetings throughout the year, that will include: monthly Executive Committee Meetings, monthly Sub-Committee Meetings, Quarterly Meetings, and an Annual Business Meeting.

“Our team is going to have its work cut out for us with 10 working Sub-Committees,” says EMC Strategy Group President & CEO Ernie Gonzalez.  Gonzalez and the EMC team are serving as the Professional Staff Advisor to the group.

For more information, please contact ernie.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com.

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City of Eagle Pass Represented During Special Legislative Session

(Austin, TX – July 19, 2017) The City of Eagle Pass was represented at the start of the Texas Legislative Special Session in Austin on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.  The city’s state and federal government relations consulting firm, EMC Strategy Group, LLC, will closely monitor legislative activities at the State Capitol during this 30-day session.

Governor Greg Abbott, called for the special session at a press conference last month, just days after the end of the 85th Legislative Session (regular session), charging legislators of the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate to continue debate on the governor’s legislative priorities and key funding for state agencies as identified by the bi-partisan Sunset Commission.

Both parties, Republicans and Democrats, have much to gain and loose during this special session, especially with state’s gubernatorial race and federal mid-term elections just two years away.  Lobbyists representing special interest groups, associations, municipalities, and the private sector are working the halls of the State Capitol, all making their pitch on a variety of issues ranging from property tax to school finance.

“Our team represented the City of Eagle Pass on Day 1 of the special session,” says EMC President & CEO Ernie Gonzalez, Jr.  “We are going to keep a close eye on all activity at the State Capitol and keep the city’s leadership informed about legislative action that may impact Eagle Pass,” adds Gonzalez.

The Texas Constitution requires that the State Legislature meets every two years for a 140-day regular session.  The Governor has up to 20 days to call for a 30-day special session if he feels there are unresolved legislative priorities.  The special session costs Texas Tax-payers nearly one million dollars for the 30 day period.  Former Governor Rick Perry called for three consecutive specials sessions in 2013.

“I’m pleased that the City of Eagle Pass, TX will have a seat around the table and have a full-time team at the State Capitol during this special session,” says Eagle Pass City Manager Art Rodriguez.  “Our goal is for our professional staff to work closely with our legislative delegation and take a bi-partisan approach in our advocacy,” adds Rodriguez.

Area residents can stay informed and receive real-time updates during the special session by visiting www.emcstrategygroup.com.

For more information, please contact ernie.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com.

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Eagle Pass Business & Economic Development Executive Committee Named!

(Eagle Pass, TX – June 30, 2017) Just after five weeks of the launch of the new Eagle Pass Business & Economic Development Initiative, the Executive Committee has been named.  The Executive Committee is comprised of the Committee Chairman and Sub-Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs for each Sub-Committee.  The Executive Committee will meet monthly to discuss pending issues, such as; the development of Sub-Committee short and long-term goals and actions plans to achieve the overall committee goals.  Each Sub-Committee will meet separately under the leadership of the Sub-Committee Chairs and Vice-Vice Chairs.  EMC Strategy Group’s team will serve as Staff Advisors to all Executive Committee Members and help coordinate meetings, agendas, and communications.  “This Executive Committee represents the pillars of our community and they are truly going to be the backbone and driving force for this initiative,” says Eagle Pass City Manager Art Rodriguez.  “We have said from the beginning, that team-work is absolutely essential for the initiative’s success.  The Chairman will work with the Executive Committee, Each Sub-Committee Chair will work with their respective teams, and the Staff Advisors (EMC Strategy Group) will support every link of this initiative and coordinate communications with everyone involved,” adds Rodriguez.

“I am very pleased that we were able to select a group of proven leaders who are going to help bring unity as we establish and develop collaborative efforts to see this initiative and its goals through,” says Committee Chairman Morris Libson.  “I am going to engage the Mayor and the City Council regularly to make sure that we maintain strong communications to achieve our objectives,” adds Libson.

Executive Committee Members include:

Committee Chairman – Morris Libson

Labor Workforce Training – Terri Contreras (Chair), Gilberto Gonzalez (Vice-Chair)

Government Relations – Cecilia Mascorro (Chair)

Business & Industry – Hector Cerna (Chair), Lewis Stock (Vice-Chair)

Transportation & Infrastructure – Chris Hiller (Chair), Sammy Juve (Vice-Chair)

Marketing – Ricardo Calderon (Chair)

Amenities Visitors & Tourism – Jaime Rodriguez (Chair), Scott Eldredge (Vice-Chair)

Executive Labor Mentoring – Pat Saucedo (Chair)

Energy & Natural Resources – Nikolas S. Libson Ramon (Chair)

Cross-Border Relations – Ricardo Gonzalez (Chair)

For more information, please contact ernie.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com.

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Eagle Pass BEDC Chairman Morris Libson

Eagle Pass Business & Economic Development Chairman Named!

(Eagle Pass, TX- June 27, 2007) EMC Strategy Group, LLC and the City of Eagle Pass, TX are pleased to announce the selection of the Business & Economic Development Committee Chairman.

Mr. Morris Libson, Jr. of Eagle Pass, TX has been selected by city manager Art Rodriguez to serve as the Committee’s chairman.

Mr. Libson was born and raised in the City of Eagle Pass, TX and graduated from Eagle Pass High School. He lived outside of Eagle Pass for four years while receiving his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University-College Station, TX, where he served as a distinguished member of the Corps of Cadets as an Executive Officer Cadet Major.  Mr. Lisbon returned to his home city of Eagle Pass upon graduation.

Mr. Libson has an impressive career history as current President/Manager of MVN Enterprises LLC in Eagle Pass, TX and former Director of Engineering at Salant Corporation in Piedras Negras Coahuila.

Mr. Libson’s passion for the City of Eagle Pass and it’s residents makes him the ideal candidate to lead the Business & Economic Development Committee. He has volunteered his time to serve as; President of the Eagle Pass Youth Baseball-Softball Association Boys’ Baseball Division sponsors of Babe Ruth Cal Ripkin Division Ages 5-12, President of the Eagle Pass Optimist Babe Ruth League Ages 13-18, twice selected Citizen of the Year by the Eagle Pass Chamber of Commerce, Color Analyst for Eagle Pass Eagles Football and Baseball Radio, broadcasts for KINL radio station, and Ex-Member of the City of Eagle Pass Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Appointed by the City Council of the City of Eagle Pass and the Commissioners’ Court of Maverick County as “Ambassador of Good Will” and selected as “Mr. Friendship” by the International Good Neighbors Council of Eagle Pass-Piedras Negras.

“I am very excited and honored to serve as Committee Chairman for the new Eagle Pass Business & Economic Development Initiative,” says Morris Libson.  “Working together through the executive committee to form collaborative efforts is going to be the key to our success to grow the local economic conditions of Eagle Pass and the region,” adds Libson.

City Manager Art Rodriguez and EMC Strategy Group, LLC’s team are confident Mr. Morris Libson will guide and lead Eagle Pass’ Business & Economic Development Committee in the right direction.

For more information, please contact ernie.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com.

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EMC Owner & Founder Leaders Eagle Pass Committee Orientation

Eagle Pass Committee Orientation Complete!

(Eagle Pass, TX – June 20, 2017) The city of Eagle Pass, TX, completed its Business & Economic Development Initiative committee orientation at the ITC facility during two sessions on June 19 and 20, 2017.

“We are very pleased with the turnout that we had for the committee orientations this week,” says Eagle Pass City Manager Art Rodriguez.

Business and community leaders representing academia, agriculture, auto-industry, business, construction, development, financial services, gaming, government, healthcare, legal and nonprofits were trained by EMC Strategy Group, LLC, on their specific roles as committee members of the Eagle Pass Business & Economic Development Advisory Committee.

“We had over 45 community leaders trained at the committee orientations this week,” says EMC Strategy Group Owner & Founder Janice M. Gonzalez. “We will be working with our new Committee Chairman, Morris Libson, to recruit all Sub-Committee Chairmen and form the Executive Committee over the next week so that we can begin our work,” adds Gonzalez.

Committee members were trained on the roles and task each sub-committee holds. Together sub-committee members will set goals and develop committee specific plans-of-action. Although sub-committee endeavors are independent; together sub-committees will create the base of the collaborative efforts in strengthening the economic conditions of Eagle Pass.

“This new economic initiative is going to be driven by quality leaders that are going to lead Eagle Pass and the entire region towards a brighter economic future,” adds Rodriguez.

Sub- committees include: Labor Workforce Training, Government Relations, Business & Industry, Transportation & Infrastructure, Marketing, Amenities Visitors & Tourism, and Executive Labor Mentoring (ELM).

For more information, please contact ernie.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com or call 210.960.4340, ext. 101.

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Adelante Executive Director Maximo Anguillano, EMC Owner & Founder Janice M. Gonzalez, Government Relations Fellow Brianna Chapa, EMC President & CEO Ernie Gonzalez

EMC & ¡ADELANTE! Announce 2017 Government Relations Fellow

(San Antonio, TX – June 9, 2017) EMC Strategy Group, LLC and ¡ADELANTE! U.S. Education Leadership Fund are pleased to announce the selection of the 2017 Government Relations Fellow.

Ms. Brianna Isabella Chapa of San Antonio, TX, will work with EMC and ¡ADELANTE! throughout the summer.

Brianna recently graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She also participated in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Internship Program in Washington, DC this past Spring where she worked in the office of Congressman Joaquin Castro.

Brianna earned her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Public Health concentration in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science.

“We are excited to have Brianna on our team this summer,” says EMC Owner & Founder Janice M. Gonzalez. “She is a very impressive leader who has a promising future and is passionate about public service,” adds Gonzalez.

Brianna will work with EMC to help provide government relations services to the Cities of Eagle Pass, Freer, and San Diego and also work to support the Brownsville Firefighter’s Leadership Ball honoring Congressman Filemon Vela.

This is the second time that EMC Strategy Group, LLC and ¡ADELANTE! have teamed up to offer this Government Relations Summer Fellowship and Internship Program. For more information, please contact ernie.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com.

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EMC Launches New Initiative in Eagle Pass

(Eagle Pass, TX – May 30, 2017) The City of Eagle Pass held a kickoff luncheon for its new Business & Economic Development Initiative on May 25, 2017, at the ICT Facility in Eagle Pass, TX.

Mayor Ramsey English-Cantu, the City Council, and City Manager Art Rodriguez welcomed over 80 business and community leaders. The group represented a cross-section of business industry, including academia and government.

The city’s new consulting firm, EMC Strategy Group, LLC, led the discussion and presented a snapshot of the economic initiative that will focus on collaborative efforts and outreach to local, state, and federal agencies. The city will now move towards organizing the initiative’s committee that will include several subcommittees, such as; Labor Workforce Training, Government Relations, Business Industry Research, Transportation & Infrastructure, Marketing, and Executive Labor Mentoring.

“We are excited about this new initiative and we salute the mayor, city council and city manager for backing this important new step for the overall growth Eagle Pass,” says EMC Owner & Founder Janice M. Gonzalez.

Janice M. Gonzalez, has firsthand knowledge of border communities.  She spent much of her childhood in Eagle Pass , and later in Brownsville as a young adult. She also served as the Business & Economic Development Director for the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce.

“Growing up and working in a border city has truly given me the experience and knowledge of bi-cultural communities and their uniqueness,” adds Gonzalez.

This new Business & Economic Development Initiative will focus on collaborative efforts and incorporate best practices used by border communities from San Diego to Brownsville.

For more information, please contact ernie.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com.

EMC Owner & Founder Janice M. Gonzalez, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, Eagle Pass City Manager Art Rodriguez, and EMC President & CEO Ernie Gonzalez

City of Eagle Pass Takes Legislative Priorities to Capitol Hill!

(Washington, DC – May 15, 2017) The City of Eagle Pass, TX, represented by its new City Manager Art Rodriguez and the city’s new lobbying firm EMC Strategy Group, LLC, is visiting Washington, DC this week to present its federal legislative priorities.

The legislative trip has been in the works for over a month.  The delegation will meet with several senate offices and over a dozen members of congress in an effort to make a pitch for targeted funding aimed and supporting border communities with populations of less than 30,000.

The delegation will meet with U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, Congressman Will Hurd, all members of the Texas Border Caucus, which includes; Congressmen Filemon Vela, Vicente Gonzalez, Henry Cuellar, and Beto O’rouke.

“I am looking forward to meeting with the members of congress to present our case for increased funding for business & economic development, transportation & infrastructure, and public safety,” says Eagle Pass City Manager Art Rodriguez.  “I applaud Mayor Ramsey English-Cantu and our City Council (Mayor Pro-tem Rudy Villalpando, Council Members Gloria Hernandez, Yolanda Ramon, and Luis Sifuentes) for their support of this important federal legislative outreach, they truly understand the significance and value of taking our case to the steps of the U.S. Congress,” adds Rodriguez.

Mr. Rodriguez spent over 31 years working for the U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Customs, and has firsthand knowledge of the innerworkings of the federal government that will be beneficial as the delegation presents the city’s legislative priorities.

EMC’s Janice and Ernie Gonzalez both are former congressional staffers.  Janice Gonzalez served as the Assistant Chief of Staff to former U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd and Ernie Gonzalez served as a Legislative Aide to former Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz.  The team is now serving as the city’s consultants for business & economic development and government relations.

“We are right on track on our plan to advance Eagle Pass’ federal agenda,” says EMC President & CEO Ernie Gonzalez.  “We have been on the job for six weeks and we are already in our nation’s Capital scheduled to meet with several key committee chairmen and ranking members of the committees tied to the city’s priorities,” adds Gonzalez.

This is the first time in several years that the City of Eagle Pass has had professional representation in Austin and Washington, DC.  The city will also kick-off a collaborative business & economic development initiative, which is tied to the city’s state and federal government outreach later this month.  For more information, please contact ernie.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com or call 210.960.4340, ext. 101.

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EMC Owner & Founder Janice M. Gonzalez testifies before House Committee on Business Development

EMC Pushes for Energy Corridor Relief Bill

(Austin, TX – March 30, 2017) EMC Strategy Group, LLC leadership team Janice M. Gonzalez and Ernie Gonzalez Jr. testified before the Small Business & Economic Development Committee on March 30, 2017 on behalf of the Cities of Freer and San Diego in support of the Energy Corridor Relief Bill.

The bill would provide much needed stimulus to communities impacted by the downturn of the Eagle Ford Shale. State Representative J.M. Lozano filed this bill earlier this session.

The Cities of Freer and San Diego could be eligible for up to $100,000 in grants that could be used locally for city operational costs. Mayors Sally Lichtenberger and Arnold Cantu expressed strong support for this bill during the Freer & San Diego Capitol Days earlier this month. The bill has bi-partisan support from all members of the committee.

“We are excited about this bill and the positive impact it could have for the entire Eagle Ford Shale Region,” said Freer Mayor Arnold Cantu.  “Our city delegation and EMC’s Janice and Ernie Gonzalez helped us promote the importance of support for our community at the Freer and San Diego Capitol Days,” added Freer City Manager Ana Garcia.

EMC Strategy Group has been working aggressively this session pushing forward Freer’s and San Diego’s legislative priorities, which include: Business & Economic Development, Infrastructure, Public Safety, Transportation and Quality of Life.

This is the first time that both cities have full time professional representation during the legislative session.  EMC Strategy Group President & CEO Ernie Gonzalez, Jr. is a registered lobbyist through the Texas Ethics Commission.

“I am excited about representing our clients at the State Capitol,” said Ernie Gonzalez.  “Our cities have received overwhelming support from the entire South Texas Legislative Delegation,” added Gonzalez.

For more information about EMC’s Government Relations Services, please contact ernie.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com.

EMC Strategy Group Serving It’s Client-Cities Through Regional Leadership

(Austin, TX – March 14, 2017) In an awesome display of regional leadership, the Cities of Freer and San Diego joined forces last week at the first ever Freer & San Diego Capitol Days.  City leadership representing both cities worked with EMC Strategy Group, LLC to present their respective legislative priorities to the State Legislature on March 7 & 8, 2017.  Both cities have very similar priorities, which include: infrastructure (streets and drainage), business & economic development, public safety and quality of life.   Each city had a delegation of three representatives and led by their mayors.

Freer Delegation – Mayor Arnold Cantu, Municipal Judge Rachel De Los Santos, City Manager Ana Garcia

San Diego Delegation – Mayor Sally Lichtenberger, Mayor Pro-tem Shelly Gaitan, City Director Aleida Luera

“It’s a great demonstration of leadership that Mayors Lichtenberger and Cantu are thinking of growing regionally and setting aside lines on a map,” said Texas Workforce Commissioner on Labor Julian Alvarez.

Freer Mayor Arnold Cantu and San Diego Mayor Sally Lichtenberger have a great working relationship and agreed to team up for this advocacy trip to the State Capitol.  “I am extremely pleased that Mayor Cantu and I shared our community needs to key members of the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate, I think that we started a great conversation with our legislators,” said Mayor Sally Lichtenberger.

Cities and Counties have been working aggressively since the start of the 85th Legislative Session to push forward their political and legislative priorities.  The session began on January 10, 2017 and EMC Strategy Group has been representing both cities in Austin since day one.

“I’m glad that Freer and San Diego are making our priorities known to our state officials,” said Mayor Arnold Cantu.   “Senators Judith Zaffirini and State Representative Ryan Guillen gave us a great welcoming to the Capitol and we know that we can count on their support for our local projects,” added Mayor Cantu.  Both cities and their delegations were recognized in the chambers of the House of Representatives and the Senate by Senator Judith Zaffirini and State Representative Ryan Guillen.

EMC Strategy Group organized the two-day trip, which included a legislative day briefing and meeting with twelve legislative offices and the Texas Workforce Commissioner on Labor Julian Alvarez.  The delegation met with the chairmen and vice-chairs of the committees on: Business & Industry, Calendars, Small Business, Homeland Security & Public Safety, Finance and Ways and Means.  “We are very proud of Mayor Arnold Cantu and Mayor Sally Lichtenberger for their exceptional leadership,” said EMC Owner & Founder Janice M. Gonzalez.  “They are the real deal and connected extremely well with our political leaders on both sides of the isle (democrats and republicans) and we are going to continue our hard work for San Diego and Freer,” added Gonzalez.

For more information about current legislative outreach, please contact Ernie Gonzalez at ernie.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com or 210.960.4340, ext. 101.

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EMC ready for Texas Legislative Session

(Austin, TX – January 9, 2017) The 85th Texas Legislative Session kicks-off Tuesday, January 10, 2017 in Austin, TX.  Senators, Representatives and their staffs will be busy juggling requests from their constituents, special interest groups and lobbyists all seeking to advance legislative agendas and priorities.  If the last session proved anything, it was that Texas is a BIG machine.  Over 1000 bills and the state’s 209.4 billion-dollar budget were passed in the last session.  A wide-variety of projects, such as; business & economic development, downtown revitalization, education, healthcare, public safety, transportation and quality of life programs were some of the biggest issues tackled that will once again consume major efforts over the next several months.  Hundreds of registered lobbyist representing cities, counties, colleges, corporations, nonprofits, special interest groups and unions will be making their pitch for legislative support.  “I’m looking forward to representing our clients at the State Capitol over the next several months,” says EMC President & CEO Ernie Gonzalez.  “Lobbyists are sometimes given a bad name, but the reality is that lobbyists play a huge role in representing their client’s top priorities,” adds Gonzalez.

EMC Strategy Group, LLC currently represents three South Texas cities and several nonprofits and its President & CEO Ernie Gonzalez, Jr., is a Texas registered lobbyist through the Texas Ethics Commission.  The Gonzalez due has been preparing for this opportunity for most of their professional career.  Both Janice and Ernie have worked for the United States Congress in Washington, DC. Janice previously served as Assistant Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd and Ernie served as Special Projects & Grants Director for U.S. Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz.  EMC’s team has extensive professional experience in city, county, state and nonprofit areas and have worked in all three branches of government (executive, legislative and judicial).  EMC Strategy Group offers the most competitive Government Relations and Business & Economic Development services in Texas.  For more information about EMC please visit www.emcstrategygroup.com.

EMC All Set for Legislative Session

(Austin, TX – December 29, 2016) – EMC Strategy Group, LLC has been preparing since January 2016 to represent its clients at the State Capitol during the 85th Legislative Session.  The new session begins on January 10, 2017 as the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House strike their gavels and rally their respective senators and representatives back into session.  EMC Owner & Founder Janice M. Gonzalez and President & CEO Ernie Gonzalez, Jr. have made dozens of trips to the State Capitol since January to build relations with key members of the state legislature and their staff.  The EMC Leadership Team has also attended numerous committee hearings on public safety, transportation, ways and means, finance, and business & economic development in efforts to gain important insight on behalf of their clients.

“We are very excited about participating in this session, we’ve told our clients and prospective clients that cities, counties, nonprofits or for-profits entities that have professional representation at the Capitol during session will have their voices heard and have a seat around the table,” says EMC Owner Janice M. Gonzalez.  “Lobbyists are an essential part of the legislative process that advocate their client’s priorities and maintain constant contact with state and federal legislative offices,” adds Gonzalez.

EMC Strategy Group, LLC currently represents three South Texas cities and several non-profits and its President & CEO Ernie Gonzalez, Jr., is a Texas registered lobbyist through the Texas Ethics Commission.  Both Janice and Ernie have worked for the United States Congress in Washington, DC.  Janice previously served as Assistant Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd and Ernie served as Special Projects & Grants Director for U.S. Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz.  The Gonzalez duo has extensive professional experience in city, county, state and nonprofit areas and has worked in all three branches of government (executive, legislative and judicial).  EMC Strategy Group offers the most competitive Government Relations and Business & Economic Development services in Texas.

For more information about EMC Strategy Group and its services, please visit www.emcstrategygroup.com or contact 210.960.4340, ext. 101.

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EMC To Hold Inaugural Business Awards Receptions

(Freer & San Diego, TX – December 28, 2016) – EMC Strategy Group and the Cities of Freer and San Diego will hold their Inaugural Business Awards Receptions on February 20 & 21, 2017.  These receptions will recognize local business owners for noteworthy contribution and leadership to the local economy.  Award categories include: Business Innovation, Business of the Year, Business Man and Woman of the Year and Business Marketing Award. San Diego Mayor Sally Lichtenberger and Freer Mayor Arnold Cantu will present this year’s awards at the receptions.  Nominations are due January 7, 2017.  Businesses may self-nominate.

“We are excited about these Inaugural Business Awards Receptions in Freer and San Diego as we recognize local business leaders of South Texas,” says event organizer Janice M. Gonzalez.  “Local businesses are the backbone of the community, they drive the local economy; and the city is committed to supporting all local business owners,” adds Gonzalez. “

Gonzalez, who is Owner & Founder for EMC Strategy Group, LLC, serves as the Business & Economic Development Consultant for the Cities of Free and San Diego.  She is the former Business & Economic Development Director for the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce.  Her team has held 15 business workshops since August and has workshops scheduled to support local businesses throughout 2017.

Nomination forms for the Inaugural Awards Reception are available at www.emcstrategygroup.com under each city tab.  Information about sponsorships opportunities for the reception are also available on the website.

For more information about the Business Awards Reception, please contact Janice Gonzalez at 210.960.4340, ext. 102 or janice.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com

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EMC and Texas Workforce Commission Hold Workshops

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(South Texas – November 28, 2016) – The Cities of Falfurrias, Freer and San Diego and the Texas Workforce Commission will hold three Business Development Workshops on Monday, December 5 and Tuesday, December 6.  These workshops are open to all business owners, aspiring business owners, managers and human resource personnel.  Sonia Valdez of the Texas Workforce Commission and Leticia Flores of the Office of the Governor will be on-hand to provide local business people with key information about current Texas business regulations and changes coming in 2017.  These workshops will provide local businesses the opportunity to network and promote their services and products.  There will also be door prizes and all businesses that attend these workshops will receive free social media advertisement.  These workshops are being organized by San Antonio based EMC Strategy Group and are among 15 Business & Economic Development Workshops that have been held in Falfurrias, Freer and San Diego since August.  EMC is also organizing Inaugural Business Awards Receptions in Falfurrias, Freer and San Diego, which will be held in February.  Nomination forms will be available on December 1, 2016 at www.emcstrategygroup.com.  For more information, please contact Janice Gonzalez at 210.960.4340, ext. 102 or janice.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com.

 

Workshop Schedule:

 

Monday, December 5, 2016, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Falfurrias Holiday Inn Express

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., San Diego City Hall

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Freer Best Western

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EMC and USDA Hold Business Development Workshops

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(November 15, 2016) – EMC Strategy Group, USDA Office of Rural Development and Texas A&M Corpus Christi Office of Business Development held Business & Economic Development Workshops in Falfurrias, Freer and San Diego on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.  Area Business Owners were informed of unique opportunities and resources available from both the USDA and Texas A&M Corpus Christi. This marks the 16 Business & Economic Development Workshop organized by EMC Strategy Group as part of services offered to its three municipal clients since August. EMC Owner & Founder Janice M. Gonzalez previously served as the Business & Economic Development Director for the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce and has extensive experience is supporting small business owners.  Janice has workshops scheduled year-round and is available as a professional business counselor for any business owner in South Texas.  For more information about our services, please contact janice.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com.

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EMC Holds Public Safety Legislative Day at State Capitol

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(State Capitol – November 14, 2016) – EMC Strategy Goup held a Public Safety Legislative Day at the Texas State Capitol on Monday, November 14, 2016. The Cities of Falfurrias, Freer and San Diego were represented by EMC President & CEO Ernie Gonzalez, Jr. and Police Chiefs John Spillers and Richard Nava.  The delegation met all offices of the House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee including with State Representatives Ryan Guillen and Tony Dale. The group is seeking bi-partisan support for legislation that will make greater financial resources available for law enforcement agencies, which represent communities serving populations of 10,000 or fewer.  These agencies are in dire need of funds to offset the costs of personnel, police vehicles and equipment. EMC will work with State Representative Ryan Guillen to draft this key legislation that will be introduced in the next legislative session.

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EMC Representing at Tex-21

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(November 11, 2016) – EMC Strategy Group attended the Tex-21 Transportation Committee Meeting in Laredo, Texas on Friday November 11, 2016.  EMC represented the Cities of Falfurrias, Freer and San Diego, Texas.  Tex-21 serves as an advisory committee on key transportation issues and planning to the Governor’s Office and the Texas State Legislature and meets quarterly throughout the state.  This marks the third time that EMC attended this meeting while representing its three municipal clients.  This quarter’s meeting featured a presentation on the future of high-speed rail transportation in Texas and special remarks from Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz and U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar.  EMC expressed continued support for TXDOT funded projects for its clients and the inclusion of state-wide future projects.

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EMC Partners with SBA for Business Development Workshops

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(South Texas – October 26, 2016) – EMC Strategy Group and the U.S. Small Business Administration partnered to deliver Business & Economic Development Workshops in Falfurrias, Freer and San Diego. These workshops were opened for small business owners and helped create awareness about current resources available from the federal government to help businesses grow.  Small businesses make up over 90% of businesses in the United States and in some communities even greater percentages.  EMC is working with several cities to help strengthen local economies and provide Business & Economic Development Services in the absence of chambers of commerce and EDCs.  EMC has several free business development workshops scheduled throughout the year to help local business owners.  For more information see the “Free Workshops” tab at www.emcstrategygroup.com or contact janice.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com.

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EMC Clients Testify Before Homeland Security Committee

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(Brownsville, TX – September 28, 2016) – EMC clients; Police Chiefs from the Cities of Falfurrias, Freer and San Diego testified before the Texas House of Representatives select committee on Homeland Security & Public Safety at a special hearing in Brownsville, Texas.  The chiefs asked the members of the committee for greater support for police departments, which serve populations of less than 10,000 people.  Currently, police departments from throughout the state compete for the same pool of dollars regardless of the size of the department creating an unfair advantage for smaller departments with limited staff and funding.  The chiefs plan a series of follow up meetings at the State Capitol prior to the start of the next legislative session, which begins in January 2017.

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EMC and PeopleFund Hold Business Development Workshop

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(September 20, 2016) – EMC Strategy Group and PeopleFund held Business Development Workshops in Falfurrias, Freer and San Diego on September 20. PeopleFund is a SBA partner and provides low interest rate loans to business owners for direct working capital.  Over 30 business owners participated in this three city tour and were provided hands-own business counseling. The participants also were guided through PeopleFund’s application process, which beings with establishing or re-drawing business plans to ensure greater business success.  PeopleFund offers loans between $5,000 – 1.5 million dollars and all loans are backed by the Small Business Administration. Many of PeopleFund’s clients have difficulty securing loans from a traditional lender because of challenged credit history or because their business is considered high-risk. PeopleFund and the SBA are committed to working with all business owners.  For more information, please contact janice.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com.

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August 10, 2016 – EMC Strategy Group organized the South Texas Business & Economic Development Tour, which was held on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 in three South Texas Cities.  The tour featured presentations from the Office of Governor Abbott, Small Business Administration (SBA), Texas Department of Agriculture and the Center for Rural Advancement at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.  Participating cities were: Falfurrias, Freer and San Diego.  This tour served as the launch for a series of Business & Economic Development initiatives planned by EMC Strategy Group Owner Janice M. Gonzalez.  Janice previously served as the Business & Economic Development Director for the El Paso Chamber of Commerce.  Tour presenters included SBA District Director Angela Burton, Governor Abbott’s South Texas Director Leticia Flores, Texas Department of Agriculture South Texas Director Nelda Garza, UTRGV Rural Advancement Executive Director Rick Carrera and Liftfund Market Manager Laura Estrada.  Each of the presenters briefed city officials on their agency responsibilities and available resources to help strengthen local economic conditions.  EMC will plan and coordinate year-round Business & Economic Development workshops and training seminars for its clients.  For information contact janice.gonzalez@emcstrategroup.com.

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EMC Attends Tex-21 in Austin

EMC Owner Janice Gonzalez with Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos
EMC Owner Janice Gonzalez with Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos

(Austin, TX – July 22, 2016) – EMC Owner & Founder Janice M. Gonzalez attended the Tex-21 (Transportation for Excellence for the 21st Century) on Friday, July 22, 2016 at the State Capitol and represented the Cities of Falfurrias, Freer and San Diego.  The Tex-21 forum is hosted by the Texas Secretary of State quarterly and highlights major Business & Economic Development projects for the State of Texas.  Many major Texas cities were represented at the Tex-21.  Falfurrias, Freer and San Diego were the only small cities in Texas to be represented at this quarter’s meeting.  The meeting included a presentation from the Texas Department of Transportation and its future plans for highway construction and repairs.  EMC expressed concerns about highway conditions along the Eagle Ford Shale region and its impact on local roads.  Tex-21 meeting’s serve as important fact-finding meetings to help the Office of the Governor and legislative leadership in preparation for the 2017 legislative session.  EMC will continue to attend all future Tex-21 meetings.

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EMC Representing at the Coastal Bend COG

EMC President Ernie Gonzalez with Coastal Bend Council of Governments Executive Director John Buckner and COG Chairman Al Garcia
EMC President Ernie Gonzalez with Coastal Bend Council of Governments Executive Director John Buckner and COG Chairman Al Garcia

(Corpus Christi, TX – July 22, 2016) – EMC President & CEO Ernie Gonzalez, Jr. represented the Cities of Falfurrias, Freer and San Diego at the Coastal Bend Council of Governments meeting held on July 22, 2016 in Corpus Christi.  The Coastal Bend Council of Governments (CBCOG) is a volunteer association of local governments, cities and counties, and other public and private entities.  Formed in March 1966, by the authority of the State of Texas, the CBCOG provides a cost-effective way to plan, coordinate and implement regional projects and provide technical assistance within the region.  This meeting included the approval of the COG audit and a special presentation by Dr. Ronald D. Tyler of the Texas Department of Health Services – Region 11 about the Zika Viral Disease.  His presentation included preventative measures that residents and the community should take to control the spread of the disease and control mosquito breeding conditions.  Information about the state’s action to combat the Zika Viral Disease can be found at http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/.  EMC will continue to attend all future COG meetings.

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EMC Has Been Busy!

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EMC Leadership with City of Freer Officials and Senator Ted Cruz Regional Director Casandra Garcia at Interagency Agreement Meeting

(Freer, TX – July 19, 2016) – EMC Strategy Group has been busy this summer visiting the State Capitol weekly to meet with key Legislative Staff and Executive Branch Officials in preparation of the next legislative session, which is six months away.  EMC is working aggressively to solidify legislative agendas for the Cities of Freer and San Diego, TX.  These agendas will clearly identify legislative priorities for each respective community.  EMC will also begin its “Grants Workshops” this week.  These workshops will be the starting-point to seek state and federal funding for local projects.  “We are very excited about serving the Cities of Freer and San Diego, TX,” says EMC Owner & Founder Janice M. Gonzalez.  “Both communities were hit hard by the downturn of the Eagle Ford Shale and we are committed to working with them to seek state and federal resources to provide them a helping hand,” adds Gonzalez.  EMC is also working with MAP of Texas and its 2nd Annual Black Tie & Boots Gala, which will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 in Corpus Christi, TX.  This year’s honorees are State Representative Todd Hunter, Barbara Canales-Black and Omar Lopez.

For information, please email Janice.Gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com or call 210.960.4340, ext. 102

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 EMC’s Early Summer Day at The State Capitol

EMC team Janice M. Gonzalez, Sylvia Soto and Ernie Gonzalez with State Representative Ryan Guillen's Chief of Staff Bob McVey
EMC team Janice M. Gonzalez, Sylvia Soto and Ernie Gonzalez with State Representative Ryan Guillen’s Chief of Staff Bob McVey

(Austin, TX – June 15, 2015) – Although the start of the 2017 Legislative Session in seven months away, the EMC Strategy Team is already placing boots and heels on the ground and preparing for the next session. Part of the advocating process includes relationship building with legislators and their staff.  EMC’s team is working with its municipal and nonprofit clients on building their legislative agendas, which will be presented to members of the state legislature this coming fall.  EMC currently represents the cities of Freer and San Diego, TX.   “We are working diligently with our clients on locking down their top priorities that are most impacting their respective communities,” says EMC President & CEO Ernie Gonzalez, Jr.  “Our clients have similar needs that include the four basic food groups, which are business & economic development, public safety, transportation and healthcare,” adds Gonzalez.  See our gallery section on our website http://www.emcstrategygroup.com for pictures of our June 14, 2016 State Capitol Visit.

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EMC’s New Government Relations Fellowship Program

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(San Antonio, TX – June 14, 2016) – ¡ADELANTE! U.S. Education Leadership Fund and EMC Strategy Group, LLC are jointly offering a summer fellowship program beginning June 1, 2016 through August 15, 2016.  This fellowship program allows a qualified Latino college student majoring in Political Science, Government or Public Policy from an accredited university who has completed their Junior year.  EMC is proud to announce the selection of Sylvia Soto who recently graduated from Texas A&M San Antonio.  Sylvia previously interned for U.S. Congressman Will Hurd of the 23rd Congressional District.  “We are very excited to have Sylvia as part of our team this summer, says EMC Owner and Founder Janice M. Gonzalez.”  “The fact that she has a genuine interest in serving the public truly compliments the mission of EMC Strategy Group,” adds Gonzalez.  Sylvia began her fellowship program on June 14 as she joined the EMC Leadership Team for a full day of meetings with key legislative staff at the Texas State Capitol. 

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 EMC’s Latest Outreach

(South, Texas – March 30, 2016) – EMC launched its “South Texas Tour” on March 21 with visits to elected officials, nonprofit heads and community leaders to share information about services offered by the San Antonio based consulting firm.

“The first quarter of the year just passed us by,” says EMC Owner and Founder Janice M. Gonzalez.

“Our team is prepared to work with city and county leaders  to prepare for the 2017 Legislative Session, which begins next January.” “We also know that nonprofit leaders have just eight months to accomplish their organizational goals and we are committed to helping them be successful,” adds Gonzalez.

EMC will continue its “South Texas Tour for the next month.  For more information about EMC services contact ernie.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com.

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Down By The Border Launches Outreach Initiative To Serve Special Needs Youth Statewide

(BROWNSVILLE, TX – March 1, 2016)– Down By The Border, an organization that has served youth since 2006, has teamed up with San Antonio based consulting firm EMC Strategy Group, LLC, to launch a statewide outreach initiative, called “Texas Gifted Youth.”

Down By The Border initially began serving Down Syndrome children in 2006 at a local level.  It’s mission has since grown to include youth diagnosed with Autism as well as other special needs.   The organization promotes awareness about Down Syndrome, Autism and encourages families who have children with special needs to challenge their kids to achieve their maximum potential.  Down By The Border has been a champion for special needs children by advocating to legislators in Austin and Washington, DC for improved educational opportunities, expansion of healthcare and equal-access for extra-curricular activities in K-12 schools.

The launch of the Texas Gifted Youth initiative will allow Down By The Border the opportunity to provide scholarships for children who have Down Syndrome or Autism and other special needs to attend existing traditional youth summer camps within their own community.  Down By The Border will kick-off it’s fundraising campaign in January in hopes of raising enough money to send all special needs children from South Texas who wish to go to summer camp to do so.

“We are excited about the launch of this new initiative, “says Down By The Border President Dolores Zarate. “Our goal is to provide the ability to our children to attend summer camp like all other children do in the summer.”  adds Zarate.

Sergio and Dolores Zarate have a deep appreciation for parents who have a special needs child.  Their daughter Zariah has Down Syndrome and other special needs and has been their inspiration in leading them to become stanch advocates for all special needs children.

For information about Down By The Border visit www.downbytheborder.org.

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2017 Texas Legislative Session less than a year away!

(San Antonio, TX – February 17, 2016) – We are 11 months from the start of the 2017 legislative session in Texas.  EMC Strategy Group, LLC will launch an awareness campaign to nonprofit organizations, municipalities and businesses throughout the state about its services.  “Our goal is to present our client legislative agendas to key State Representatives and Senators prior to the start of next year’s session,” says EMC owner and founder Janice M. Gonzalez.  “The interest of our clients are absolutely paramount to the constituents they serve, adds Gonzalez.  Lobbyist, consultants, legislative teams and organizational heads have already begun to draft key points for their 2017 legislative priorities.  EMC Strategy Group and its team members are prepared to assist organizations in prioritizing measurable, attainable, and realistic legislative goals.  For more information about our services, please contact Ernie Gonzalez, Jr., President & CEO at 210.960.4340, ext. 101 or email at ernie.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com.

Community Leadership Outreach

(South, Texas – December 4, 2015) – EMC Strategy Group, LLC will conduct an awareness campaign through its three divisions (Business Development, Nonprofit, and Government Relations) to meet with city and county elected officials and nonprofit leadership to offer consulting services to assist these agencies in achieving their 2016 goals.  Owner & Founder Janice M. Gonzalez will take the lead in outreach to chambers of commerce, economic development corporations and small businesses throughout South Texas to help with business and economic development.  President & CEO Ernie Gonzalez will be targeting city and county elected officials as well as nonprofit leadership.  “We’re excited to meet with leadership charged with growing local economic conditions and nonprofit services,” says Janice Gonzalez.  “Our firm has the experience, talent, and skillset to help any local government, chamber of commerce and nonprofit organization achieve greater success,” adds Gonzalez.  EMC Strategy Group,  launched in May of 2015 and has served several nonprofits through consulting services, which include: board recruitment, staff training, fund development, strategic planning and marketing.  For additional information about services offered by EMC, visit www.emcstrategygroup.com.

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Transplants for Children Gala

(San Antonio, TX – October 23, 2015) – EMC Strategy Group is happy to announce that they will be assisting Transplants for Children in their first Black Tie and Boots Gala on November 5th in San Antonio.  Sponsorship Opportunities and Tables are still available for this event.  Please visits the website for more information about being a part of this event.

http://home.transplantsforchildren.org/events/boots-and-bow-ties-gala/


MAP of Texas Black Tie and Boots Gala

(Corpus Christi, TX – October 20, 2015) – MAP of Texas celebrated a great event in their first Black Tie and Boots Gala.  See the following article link to see more about MAP of Texas:

http://www.caller.com/news/local/map-of-texas-seeks-to-inspire-minority-youth-1fde5400-16f0-39e5-e053-0100007f37ba-331479891.html?d=mobile#

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MAP of Texas Black Tie and Boots Gala

(Corpus Christi, TX – September 22, 2015) – MAP of Texas will be hosting their first Black Tie and Boots Gala.  Honorees for the event will be Dr. Rosie Bonilla and Ruben Bonilla(Community Service Visionaries), Al Jones (Business Visionary), and Dr. Mark Escamilla (Education Visionary).  Sponsorships and Tickets are still available for this event by calling Kathryne Kalata at 210-960-4340, ext. 105.  Registration packets are available from the below link. Make sure you and your company are represented at this monumental event.

MAP Sponsor registration packet

Let us Remember!

(San Antonio, TX – September 11, 2015) – Fourteen years ago today our nation suffered a major blow to our homeland.  Millions rallied behind President George W. Bush as he led us through this challenging time.  Young people were inspired to serve in our nation’s military as Sailors, Soldiers, Marines and Airmen.  Members of the National Guard and Reserves were activated to defend our great land.  Just as Americans demonstrated their patriotism after the attack on Pearl Harbor several decades before, we rose again as a nation and stood tall and brave against a new enemy of the state.

Our nation will continue to be a target for those who oppose freedom, liberty and our American way of life, but as a nation filled with citizens and those seeking to live in our great land, we will continue to move forward to spread peace, opportunity, and defeat any enemy foreign and domestic.

Today EMC Strategy Group salutes our nation’s military and those in law enforcement, emergency services and the intelligence community.  God bless you and your families!

For more information about EMC and its services, please contact ernie.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com.

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EMC Has Big Week!

(Austin, TX – July 26, 2015) – This was a big week for the EMC Team. Secretary of State Carlos Cascos, presented EMC Strategy Group, LLC with its official license to operate as a Texas Business at a private ceremony in his office in the State Capitol. A delegation of family and staff attended the ceremony. The group included: Owner & Founder Janice Gonzalez, President & CEO Ernie Gonzalez, their family, Director of Marking & Communications Ruth Soto-Gates and Business Development Director David Rodriguez. Special thanks to Jason Gates for serving as the delegation photographer.

This week also included the official Government Relations Division (GRD) outreach to municipalities. Team Lead Ernie Gonzalez contacted over 50 South Texas cities and chambers of commerce to promote EMC GRD services. He will conduct a South Texas tour over the next few weeks to share with municipalities EMC’s advocacy services in Austin, TX and Washington, DC.

The week wrapped up with EMC’s Nonprofit Division holding a Board Development Workshop for Transplants for Children. Nonprofit Executive Board Training is one of the many services provided by our team in an effort to strengthen nonprofit organization governance and oversite.   The workshop featured: Fund Development, Marketing & Communications, Board Diversity and Strategic Planning. EMC will be conducting tailored Executive Board Training for additional clients over the next several weeks designed specifically to address client needs.

On behalf of the EMC Strategy Group Team, we wish to extend a big THANK YOU to Secretary of State Carlos Cascos for presenting us with our official LLC.

For more information about EMC and its services, please contact ernie.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com.

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EMC Signs New Clients – Launches Business Development Division

(San Antonio, TX – July 7, 2015) – EMC Strategy Group, LLC is a San Antonio based firm with operations in Austin, TX and Washington, DC. EMC’s focus includes business development, nonprofit organization, government relations and campaign management. EMC Strategy Group, LLC officially launched on May 28, 2015.

Brain-storming for this new venture began in January 2015 as EMC Owner Janice M. Gonzalez and President & CEO Ernie Gonzalez developed a business plan for this new consulting firm. Janice is no stranger to entrepreneurship. She previously owned and operated J & E Government Relations in Washington, DC, a lobbyist and advocating firm.

EMC formally launched its nonprofit division in June, which included outreach to nonprofit organizations in South Texas and their executive directors. Since the launch, EMC has entered into formal engagements with: ¡ADELANTE! U.S. Education Leadership Fund, Transplants for Children and MAP of Texas-Minority Advancement Project. EMC will provide a variety of services for its clients with strong emphasis on strategic planning, executive board and fund development.

EMC’s new phase begins in July with the addition of the Business Development Division. This new division will include outreach to South Texas companies seeking local, state, and federal procurement opportunities. Janice, who most recently served as the Business Development Director for the El Paso Chamber of Commerce will work alongside EMC’s Business Development Director David Rodriguez to reach out to local company heads to promote EMC’s Business Development Services.

EMC’s team also includes Ruth Soto-Gates who will serve as Director of Marketing & Communications. In her role, Ruth will manage message content on the firm’s website and Facebook page. She will also maintain media relations throughout the firm’s working territory. For more information about EMC, please contact ernie.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com.