Welcome to BTX Future! In the year 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic challenged the health and safety of our community and the rest of the world. However, the City of Brownsville remained resilient and led through innovation. Learn more on the City of Brownsville’s major accomplishments and achievements.

This is BTX Future 2020.

A Message from

Mayor Trey Mendez

“None of us expected the challenges that 2020 would bring and how our lives have changed dramatically since. 2020 was a year of many highs and many lows, but I’m glad to report the City of Brownsville continues to perform at an exceptional level, and we have transformed our operations in response to COVID-19.”

Mayor Trey Mendez

A Message from City Manager Noel Bernal

“The City of Brownsville is building a fiscally sustainable future through growth management, economic development and innovative strategies that align with the City Commission’s pillars: Economic Development, Planning & Development, Infrastructure, Public Safety, Quality of Life and Governance.”

City Manager Noel Bernal


City Responds Proactively to COVID-19

We are proud to have taken a proactive and aggressive stance to curb COVID-19. Through a series of actions, the City of Brownsville focused on organizational and staff needs, community wellbeing, and business recovery to ensure Brownsville’s continued health and safety.

Economic Development

 BRO Airport Terminal Completed

The long-awaited Brownsville South Padre Island International (BRO) Airport new terminal is now complete! The $70 million investment includes a new 91,000-square-foot passenger terminal to better serve the region’s travel needs. To celebrate, the city held a grand opening ceremony in December 2020. The event was livestreamed and followed CDC COVID-19 safety guidelines. 


People First

Professional development remained at the forefront of the city’s priorities. Ninety-three employees have graduated from the inaugural Professional Development Program (PDP) with UTRGV and Effective Motivational Leadership. The PDP was led by the Organizational Development and Human Resources Department and in 2021, will continue with Classes 3 and 4 to better expand employee leadership skills.

Planning & Zoning

Building Brownsville

The City of Brownsville approved the adoption of the Unified Development Code (UDC) and zoning map in December 2020. The project was initiated by the city commission and is one of the group’s strategic pillars. The UDC regulates the use and development of all property within the City of Brownsville and replaces a regulatory document that was created in the 1960s that did not encourage contemporary urban development and design.


Capital Improvement Plan (Streets & Drainage)

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the City kicked off construction and implementation of its five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) as scheduled. The CIP is a fluid long-term planning document to synchronize financial capacity and project management for capital improvement projects. The CIP is estimated at $85.1 million for fiscal years 2021 through 2025.

Thanks to the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) the City began construction of a stormwater and drainage system improvements project. In 2020, the City began implementation of the project’s four components.

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