MISSION, TEXAS (May 2, 2022) – Killam Development, along with elected and community leaders from the Rio Grande Valley celebrated the groundbreaking of a new, 175-acre industrial park known as Sharyland Business Park. The development will attract manufacturing, logistics, and distribution facilities and will generate hundreds of new jobs in a growing area along the Anzalduas International Bridge. The development was made possible by a historic public-private partnership between Killam Development, the City of Mission, Hidalgo County, Mission Economic Development Corporation, and the U.S. Economic Development Administration. Joining the celebration were: United States Congressman Henry Cuellar, Texas State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, Texas State Representative Sergio Muñoz, Jr., City of Mission Mayor Armando O’Caña, City of Mission City Manager Randy Perez, Daniel Silva, CEO of the Mission Economic Development Corporation, and Cliffe Killam, President of Killam Development.
The Sharyland Business Park is part of a 3,400-acre property under development by Killam Development that includes land in Mission and McAllen, Texas. The master-planned community will include new housing, commercial and retail, green space, hike and bike trails, and other amenities. As part of the design process, the company invited elected officials, community leaders, high school students, and the community at large to participate in a series of public workshops to share their ideas, passions, and vision for the area and the future of the Rio Grande Valley. Over 500 people participated in a series of public workshops in early 2020.
“We take the responsibility of being the biggest landowner around the Anzalduas International Bridge very seriously and will work hand-in-hand with our partners in the region to maximize opportunities for the entire Rio Grande Valley,” said Cliffe Killam, President of Killam Development. “The recent shifts we’ve seen in supply chain strategies around the world, and the growing number of businesses nearshoring, positions the Valley to be a key player in the United States. This development will ensure businesses have the space and infrastructure they need to meet the demand.”
In September of 2020, Congressman Henry Cuellar announced a $3 million commitment of federal funding, awarded through the U.S. Economic Development Administration, that would help develop and enhance the industrial park with utility, roadway, water, and sewer improvements. The funds will be matched with $750,000 in local investment from the Mission Economic Development Corporation.
“This is a terrific public-private partnership that will strengthen our economy and expand job growth in our South Texas border communities by attracting future investors and business in the area. That is why I worked hard to secure the $3 million in federal funding for the utilities, water infrastructure, roadways, and flood control improvements throughout the Sharyland Business Park,” said Congressman Henry Cuellar, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee. “Killam Companies has been a great corporate citizen for over a century in Laredo and I am glad to see their leadership and innovative development strategies at work here along with the hard work and dedication of Mayor O’Caña, the Mission City Council, and the Mission EDC. I will continue to prioritize federal funding for projects that bring economic opportunities and community engagement to south Texas.”
Although construction on the Sharyland Business Park is just beginning, Killam Development has been working in the region for a number of years. It recently led a delegation of more than 25 economic development leaders from the Rio Grande Valley to the annual conference of the International Council of Shopping Centers in Las Vegas, drawing national attention to the rapid growth and opportunities available there.
Killam Development purchased the 3,400-acre property located within the City of Mission and the City of McAllen from Hunt Valley Development in December 2019. The size of the property is equivalent to five square miles. Killam sees the recent passing of the USMCA and modernization of trade agreements as giving businesses the confidence to grow, creating new opportunities in the region. Additionally, Killam is committed to bringing all stakeholders together to spearhead an effort to turn the Anzalduas International Bridge into a commercial bridge.
“This development will be a key economic driver for this community, bringing new investment and jobs to our city,” said Mission Mayor Dr. Armando O’Caña. “We continue to see unprecedented momentum in our community and that will only continue as businesses re-think their supply chain strategies. This will keep us at the forefront of that growth and maintain our strong quality of life.”
For information about the development, including home sales and commercial opportunities, please contact Killam Real Estate Development Manager Rolando Ortiz at (956)724-7141.