Economic council searches for new chief

HARLINGEN — The Rio South Texas Economic Council continues its search for a new chief executive after two candidates recently rejected job offers.

The position of executive director has been vacant since Alma Puente Colleli resigned last fall.

“For separate and distinct reasons, they decided not to take the jobs,” said Raudel Garza, manager and chief executive officer of the Harlingen Economic Development Corp. Garza, who held the top executive job that’s now open prior to moving to the Harlingen EDC, is a member on the organization’s partnership list.

The council, better known by its acronym RSTEC, is a public-private association based in Edinburgh that operates as a 501 (c)(6) non-profit to promote regional economic development.

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