Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV  has selected Ramiro Garza, Jr. to serve as honorary chair for this year’s annual “Steak” In Your Community  event.

Garza is President of RG Economic Advisors, Inc. and NTB Development which provides a broad range of development expertise to public, private and institutional clients in a range of practice areas including real estate, economic development and business development.

He most recently served the Edinburg community for 15 years, first as Executive Director of the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation and then as City Manager. Garza previously served as Economic Development Administrator for the City of Port Isabel and as a business development specialist for the former University of Texas Pan American One Stop Capital Shop working with communities in Cameron County to improve economic development as part of the Rio Grande Valley Empowerment Zone program, a Federal initiative during President Bill Clinton’s administration.

Garza has been a strong voice of progress in economic development efforts throughout South Texas and has been a consistent advocate of working together as one region. His efforts along with other leaders in the region led to the formation of a regional economic development organization, Rio South Texas Economic Council. He has also been a longtime transportation advocate having served on the state advisory Interstate 69 State of Texas Advisory Committee and has advocated for higher education and served a key role in the creation of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Medical School by working with his colleagues to come up with local community support and funding critical for the Medical School.

“Steak” In Your Community is held annually, with the goal of raising funds  to support youth development programs at the Boys & Girls Clubs and the Youth-of-the-Year scholarship program. The event includes a fast-paced auction, live music from the RiverRock Band, good food by Palacios Endowment, and great company.

“Here in Edinburg, funds raised by the “Steak” In Your Community event are making an impact on so many lives,” Garza said. “From making possible the vital youth development programs and services that support youth in our community who need us the most, to life-changing hope and opportunities, to providing access to quality educational support through Science Technology Engineering & Math, the money raised through “Steak” In Your Community is helping further the vision of a world where kids have a safe place to learn and grow.”

“Steak” in Your Community takes place at Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV Legacy Center Gymnasium, 702 Cullen Street (Rogers & Expressway 281) on January 14, 2017.  Tickets are $100 per person, with a limited number of tables available for $1,000 (seats 10). The board of directors would like to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to celebrate with us. Tickets can be purchased by calling 956-383-2582 or logging on to www.edinburgkids.com.