About the EDC

“Moving Forward with the Spirit of South Texas.”

San Juan EDC is a 4b sales tax nonprofit corporation dedicated to the economic and community development for the City of San Juan, TX.

Mission

San Juan Economic Development Corporation’s mission is to create wealth through new investments and expansion of existing businesses for the development of more quality job opportunities.

The San Juan EDC in the City of San Juan is a catalyst for inducing private and public investments to foster increased and improved employment opportunities for its residents.

Location

The City of San Juan is located in Deep South Texas in the County of Hidalgo, specifically within the Rio Grande Delta, commonly referred to as the Rio Grande Valley (RGV).

Demographics

With a population of approximately 35,000, San Juan is part of the McAllen–Edinburg–Mission, TX and Reynosa, MX metropolitan areas. The region, with 2.3 million people and counting, is the largest US-Mexico border area in the United States with several ports of entry.

Unique for its cross-border commerce and blended culture of Mexican and American influences, the RGV is rich in its history and is home to one of the oldest European settlements in the United States. First settled by the Spanish, most inhabitants are Hispanic, and speak both English and Spanish, preserving their ancestral roots through tradition and customs.

Industry

The city of San Juan is rapidly developing an industry cluster of luxury car dealerships, becoming the hub for high-end purchasing markets. Furthermore, the city is in the process in developing its luxury commercial retail corridor that markets the region.

Tourism

The City of San Juan is most commonly known for the “Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan Del Valle National Shrine”, a temple surrounded by a 3/4 mile walking trail that displays the 14 “Stations of the Cross” with 30 life-size statues that attract, on average, 1.3 million local, national, and international visitors annually. The National Conference of Catholic Bishops designated Our Lady of San Juan del Valle a National Shrine on March 24, 1998, and the following year, on June 12, 1999, Pope John Paul II designated it as a minor Basilica.

The City of San Juan is also home to “Liberty Park” which boasts the tallest flag pole in all of South Texas. “North San Juan Park” has also been recognized as one of 2008 Texas’ Best “Backyard” Wildlife Habitats by The National Wildlife Federation and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Indeed, the City of San Juan is surrounded by abundant wildlife that can be most easily observed on its seven-acre wetlands and nature trails.