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 Lopez-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 with two higher education institutions. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and South Texas College campuses collectively offer over 250 degree and certificate programs. 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.
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. provides value and pride to homeownership in Rio Grande City.
Rio Grande City’s upcoming improvements and expansion of the Water Treatment Plant to double the capacity will ensure water treatment needs are met for the City's projected growth for the next 10 to 15 years.
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. Rio Grande City and the Rio Grande City EDC celebrated 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 the best skate attraction in the area.
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 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.