Del Rio is the county seat of Val Verde County and is located at the U.S./Mexico border in the middle of the Rio Grande area. The City of Del Rio Economic Development Department is committed to promoting balanced job opportunities, economic development, and tourism through:
- Encouraging, supporting, and assisting in the retention and expansion of existing Del Rio businesses and industries.
- Attracting the location of new manufacturing companies and industries to Del Rio with available sites and buildings, financial incentives, available and technically skilled workforce and other support services.
- Encouraging, supporting, and assisting in the development and diversification of small businesses in Del Rio.
- Assisting with activities that contribute to the overall quality of life in Del Rio.
The Del Rio Economic Development Corporation (DREDC) became a reality in 2016 through a special election in which voters approved reducing the additional ½% city sales and use tax for property tax relief to ⅜% and adopting an additional ⅛% city sales and use tax for economic and industrial development as permitted under the provisions of Chapter 504, Type A Corporations of the Texas Local Government Code. Based on historical trends, the DREDC hopes to receive and successfully manage $500,000 per year in sales tax revenues.
The original nine members of the Del Rio Economic Development Corporation were Sylvia Owens, Don Newton, M. Roberto Garza-Crosby, James Wacaser, Frank Larson, Jerry Simpton, Lucas Gilliam, Antonio Rodriguez, and Manuel Pacheco.