Border Workforce Alliance
The BWA is founded by the five WDBs along the Texas/Mexico Border. The following are the WDB and their executive directors
- Upper Rio Grande Valley – El Paso, TX – Lorenzo Reyes, Jr.
- Middle Rio Grande Valley – Uvalde, TX – Ricky McNiel
- South Texas – Laredo, TX – Rogelio Treviño
- Lower Rio Grande Valley – McAllen, TX – Yvonne Gonzalez
- Cameron County – Brownsville, TX – Pat Hobbs
A Snapshot of the BWA Service Areas: (See Attachment for more information in pdf)
- 36% of Lower Rio Grande Valley’s families are below the poverty level; 13% is the state average*.
- 35% of Upper Rio’s 753,985 population does not have a high school diploma*.
- $581.02 is the average weekly wage in Middle Rio; $836.94 is the state average*.
- $13,175 is the per capita income in South Texas; the state’s average is at almost double $24,318*.
- 43% of Cameron’s population, 16 yrs +, lack the basic prose literacy skills to read a newspaper; 19% for the state**.
Source: *2005-2009 American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau. **2009 Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy & Learning.
Who the BWA represents
- The 22 counties in the BWA’s service area have a combined population of 2,419,399; or 10% of Texas’ population1
- The Educational Needs Index has identified TX as having the most critical level of educational needs in the country, second to CA2
- The Hispanic population will make 29% of the US population in 20503
A strategic coalition, the BWA was formed to rapidly accelerate the development of our local workforce and to create a competitive economic advantage for the Texas/Mexico border region. Understanding that increased literacy, skills development, and education are key drivers for economic growth, failing to act and address these critical shortfalls will serve to severely inhibit our local, state, and national economic opportunities.
Purpose for BWA
- Create a unified voice for the Texas/Mexico border workforce board region
- Expand and initiate innovative “evidence- based” practices to rapidly accelerate literacy and skill level gains
- Research and analyze data for the development of responsive programs
- Leverage partnerships and secure funding to further the vision of the BWA