In 2019, The City of Brownsville invested in a new organizational structure that is focused on building a culture of collaboration and innovation. Our new culture is aligned with our vision of being a model of innovation, inclusion and empowerment where BOLD people and ideas thrive. This happens when we provide the best value in service to the citizens of Brownsville.

BTX Future features the major achievements of 2019 for the City of Brownsville and targeted plans for 2020.

Welcome to BTX Future

A Message from

Mayor Trey Mendez

"2019 was a great year of growth and discovery for the City of Brownsville. As we start this new year, the City of Brownsville is working towards a fiscally sustainable future through the newly established Commission Pillars. I would like to start this year off by sharing our greatest accomplishments of 2019 and give our glimpse into the future."

A Message from City Manager Noel Bernal

"The City of Brownsville is building a fiscally sustainable future through growth management, economic development/redevelopment, and innovative strategies that align with the City Commission’s pillars."

Our New Organizational Structure

Our new culture is aligned with our vision of being a model of innovation, inclusion and empowerment where BOLD people and ideas thrive.

Tax Increment Zone (TIRZ)

In December 2019, the City of Brownsville approved a Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) in the heart of downtown to promote redevelopment and enhance infrastructure.

NewSpace Brownsville

NewSpace Brownsville is launching the City into the trillion dollar commercial space industry by creating and supporting programs and initiatives that will help us build our very own space hub here in Brownsville.

George A Ramirez

Performing Arts Academy

The George A. Ramirez Performing Arts Academy offers the community spacious dance studios and rooms suited for music lessons. The once abandoned building originally built in 1912 has been fully restored. This $10.5 Million project was funded by the City of Brownsville and HUD’s Community Development Block Grant Program.  Programming will commence in 2020.

Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport

The Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport celebrated a milestone with a "Topping Off" ceremony as the final steel beam was placed atop the 97,000 square foot new passenger terminal building. This $50 million investment is on schedule and plans on landing in the 4th quarter of 2020.

Brownsville Police Department

The Brownsville Police Department published the 2019 Annual Crime Report, an index of crimes reported during the calendar year. This Annual Crime Report is generated every year and submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigations. In 2019, index crimes reported in the City of Brownsville decreased by approximately 5%.

Brownsville Fire Department

The Brownsville Fire Department strives to be on the forefront of technology and innovation to provide the best customer service and care to the citizens of Brownsville. In 2019, the department was awarded a $1.3 Million SAFER grant, made available through the Department of Homeland Security. Through this grant, the Brownsville Fire Department was able to fund 15 new firefighter positions that include benefits.

Murals without Borders

In 2019, the Brownsville Beautification Committee announced the winners of the Murals Without Borders contest. The contest was based on the artist depiction of a world without borders. The murals were chosen based on the bi-national, bi-cultural celebration of Brownsville and Matamoros. The artwork of Marisa Latigo, Marcelina Gonzales, Robert Ruiz and Santos Villarreal will be put on display for the community to see.

First Friday

First Friday in Brownsville is an immersive music and art experience on the first Friday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Brownsville’s downtown, entertainment, and arts district springs to life for this event with galleries, cafes, bars, artisans, culinary experiences, performers, musicians, DJ’s, poets and more.

CROSSROADS 2020 is an interactive festival in Brownsville that will provide opportunities for learning, networking and innovation through a collaboration of paths in film, music, food, politics, art and innovation.

Zoo Master Plan

Opened in 1971, the Gladys Porter Zoo is a regional destination that brings tens of thousands of people from throughout the region to visit the 1600 species of animals on the 31-acre site. The City of Brownsville and the Gladys Porter Zoo have entered into a partnership to develop a Zoo Master Plan that will allow for our community to envision our zoo for years to come and beyond.


Brownsville is pursuing new retail and reinvestment opportunities targeting the stores and entertainment venues that our residents have expressed they want in our City.

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