Rio Grande City is a Preserve America Community and enjoys a rich and diverse historic and cultural heritage. Rio Grande City EDC in partnership with the Rio Grande City Main Street Program restored the Tijerina Complex and Courtyard, a public courtyard located in the downtown historic district. The complex includes the Main Street office, and a diverse array of retail. In addition, Rio Grande City and the Rio Grande City EDC have provided restoration to the former Kelsey Bass home to create the Kelsey Bass Museum and Event Center.
Rio Grande City's educational opportunities continue to grow. Resident's support of South Texas College's 2013 Bond & Maintenance Election is resulting in almost $25 million in construction and renovations at the Starr County Campus. In addition, Rio Grande City added Idea Academy, a public charter school, whose network schools have ranked among best and top performing schools in the U.S. by both The Washington Post and U.S. News and World Report to its K-12 programs.
In 2006, the Rio Grande City EDC sealed the deal on the city’s largest entertainment venue. At 30,420 square feet, AMC-Rio Grande City offers nine screens of blockbuster films and comfortable reclined seating to the delight of local movie goers.
Rio Grande City is continuously working with developers to create a wide range of affordable housing options to meet the community’s needs. Currently Gran Cielo and Esperanza del Rio provide modern affordable living conveniently located near restaurants, shopping and schools. Affordable Homes of South Texas Inc. will soon begin to build its homes adding value and pride to homeownership in Rio Grande City.
Rio Grande City’s upcoming construction of a new ½ million gallon elevated water tower ensures sufficient water pressure and capacity that will help facilitate the growth of existing businesses in the area. An additional four new lift stations are also underway and will contribute to commercial growth and development in the city.
Rio Grande City’s parks offer direct contact with nature and plenty of opportunities for physical activity and social interaction. The city’s 12-mile Fordyce Hike and Bike Trails is a popular venue for visiting bikers, runners and nature enthusiasts. Very soon, Rio Grande City and the Rio Grande City EDC will celebrate the opening of a 13,000 square foot skate plaza featuring ramps, bowls, benches and urban elements such as rails and stairs making the plaza primed to become of the best skate attractions in the Rio Grande Valley.
Rio Grande City offers retail site opportunities combined with a population eager to spend at exciting new stores and restaurants. As a result, Rio Grande City EDC has teamed with Rio Grande City on a $1.2 million dollar drainage improvement project to spur development of an expansive retail site in the city’s trade area.