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San Benito hires new EDC director

Rebeca Castillo

For the first time in nearly three years, the city has a new economic development director.

Since early 2016, City Manager Manuel De La Rosa had taken on the job’s duties while a so-called coordinator worked to oversee the department.

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However, the EDC’s board of directors apparently wanted more control over the agency charged with drawing new business to town.

After several months of searching, the city has hired Rebeca Castillo at a salary of $70,000 to serve as executive director of its Economic Development Corporation.

Castillo, who previously served as executive director of the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation, said she has “extensive experience” in economic development.

“I’m very excited,” Castillo, a San Benito resident, said yesterday. “I want to do more for my community. There’s a lot to do. I want to hit the ground running.”

Castillo becomes the city’s first EDC director since Salomon Torres, who was fired in March 2016 after serving about four years on the job.

After De La Rosa fired Torres, he took over the EDC director’s duties.

Soon after, De La Rosa apparently eliminated the job, replacing it with the coordinator’s position, in part to cut costs.

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