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Posted on: December 29, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Mayor Mendez is leading Brownsville to closing the Digital Divide.

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Mayor Mendez is leading Brownsville to closing the Digital Divide.

BROWNSVILLE (December 29, 2020) – Next Century Cities in their inaugural yearbook has named Mayor Trey Mendez as a Change Maker Award Recipient for Mayors Making Strides with Broadband. Mayor Mendez has prioritized closing the Digital Divide in Brownsville through partnerships with Texas Southmost College, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Port of Brownsville, Brownsville ISD, Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation, Brownsville Public Utilities Board, and Greater Brownsville Economic Development Corporation.

“The progress made can be credited to this community-wide effort that is focused on developing a long-term solution to the digital divide in Brownsville. The Covid-19 pandemic is showing us that one key component to community resiliency is the ability to stay connected. The City of Brownsville, alongside its partners, is making an impact for change,” said Mayor Trey Mendez on the Change Maker Award recognition.

Executive Director, Francella Ochillo, remarked, “In a year that forced so many communities to double down on support for broadband access and adoption, Next Century Cities set new benchmarks for success. Our yearbook documents the many ways in which we helped to advance universal connectivity goals and highlights our collaborations with local officials. Stitched in between the tributes to local leadership is an underlying story of how NCC made an indelible mark on policymaking this year.

“We are also thrilled to announce the Change Maker Awardees who inspire our work. They have created new success models for data collection, policy proposals, partnerships, and community engagement strategies, largely in underserved communities. We encourage officials at all three levels of government, private sector partners, and public interest allies to collaborate with them on connectivity solutions.”

Next Century Cities is a non-profit organization of over 200 communities, founded to support communities and their elected leaders. Their membership includes mayors and other officials who are working to ensure that all have access to fast, affordable, and reliable internet access. For more information, visit

The digital publication can be found the Next Century Cities website and

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