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Hernandez appointed Rio Grande City EDC’s interim executive director

BY DAYNA REYESBORDER BUSINESSFEBRUARY 27, 2024


Sara Hernandez’s appointment as interim executive director of Rio Grande City Economic Development Corporation is a “testament to her dedication and qualifications,” said Mayor Joel Villarreal.



Rio Grande City Economic Development Corporation has appointed Sara M. Hernandez as its new interim executive director. 


The appointment follows the recent resignation of Dalinda Guillen, who served as EDC director for the past decade. Guillen is moving into the private sector.


Hernandez, who was born and raised in Rio Grande City, says she plans to build upon the foundation laid by her predecessor and advance economic prosperity for her city.

“I am honored to have been appointed as the interim EDC executive director and am eager to continue serving the community that I love,” Hernandez said. 


Rio Grande City Mayor Joel Villarreal and members of the city commission expressed confidence in Hernandez’s leadership abilities. They also expressed gratitude for her willingness to step into the role of interim executive director. 


“Sara Hernandez’s appointment as interim EDC executive director is a testament to her dedication and qualifications,” Villarreal said. “We are confident in her ability to lead the EDC and further our economic development efforts.”


Villarreal said Hernandez brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her new role, pointing out that she served nearly nine years of employment with the City of Rio Grande City. Most recently she served as executive assistant to the deputy city manager. In this role she demonstrated strong organizational skills and leadership qualities, Villarreal said. 


Before her role as executive assistant to the deputy city manager, Hernandez held positions such as tourism director, main street director, and events coordinator. Villarreal said these roles demonstrated her community engagement skills. Hernandez is deeply rooted in the community and possesses a deep understanding of its needs and aspirations, Villarreal added.


Hernandez graduated from Rio Grande City High School in 2001. She furthered her education at UT-Pan American, earning her bachelor’s degree in 2006. 

“Her educational background, combined with her extensive experience in municipal administration and economic development, uniquely positions her to lead the Rio Grande City EDC during this transitional period,” a press release stated. 


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