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Created in 1974 the Starr County Industrial Foundation (SCIF) is a non-profit organization founded and supported by local government and business leaders that are committed to further develop and diversify the local economy through sound, controlled economic growth. Over the years SCIF has developed a core competency in a varied spectrum of administrative and promotion roles which has placed it in a position to capitalize industrial and economical development in the Starr County region.



What We Do

Advise companies about our market and potential opportunities

Assist corporations in finding office space or land sites

Serve as an advocate to simplify the process of working with local governments

Connect companies with influential business and community leaders

Create strategic initiatives to support growth in specific industry sectors

Identify potential financial incentives and cost-saving programs


Energizing Business - Enriching Neighborhoods - Promoting Advocacy


Fostering Training and Education - Strengthening Infrastructure


Developing Skilled Workforce



Who We Are

Board of Directors


The Starr County Industrial Foundation's Board Members are:

Sam F. Vale, Chair
Starr Camargo Bridge Co.

Richard Gutierrez, Vice-Chair
Gutierrez Ranch

Larry Gonzalez, Secretary
PlainsCapital Bank

Noel Benavidez, Treasurer
J.C. Ramirez Store


Eloy Vera, County Judge
County of Starr

Rey Ramirez, Commissioner
Rio Grande City

Starr County Commissioner
County of Starr

Joe Escamilla, Member
Border Pacific Railroad

Billy Canales, Member
Rio Motors

Xavier Perez, Member
Hinojosa & Perez P. P. L. C.


    Membership Directory

    For list please contact our office.

    SCIF Directory


    Rose Benavidez - President

    Ms. Benavidez is a graduate of Rio Grande City High School and received her BA in Political Science and her Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Texas Pan American. Additionally she has attained her Basic Economic Development Certification from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).


    E-mail: rbenavidez@starrcounty.org



    Nilda Elizondo - Vice President of Marketing

    Ms. Elizondo is a graduate of Rio Grande City High School and received her BA in Communication-Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations from the University of Texas Pan American. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) San Antonio Chapter.


    E-mail: nildaelizondo@starrcounty.org


    Jose A. Elizondo - Graphic / Web Designer

    Mr. Jose A. Elizondo Is a graduate from Texas State Technical College In Harlingen where he obtained an Associates of Applied Science in Digital Media Design. He currently is working with the Starr County Industrial Foundation Staff with Graphic / Web Design projects. He can be reached by email or by Phone directly at (956) 844 - 4449.


    E-mail: precisiondesignsrgv@gmail.com


    Diana M. Cruz - Office Manager

    E-mail: info@starrcounty.org