On February 2, 2024, Congressman Henry Cuellar, Ph.D. (TX-28), and the North American Development Bank (NADBank) jointly announced a federal grant allocation of $835,000 for the City of Roma in Texas.
The funds, distributed through NADBank's Community Assistance Program (CAP) and Technical Assistance Program (TAP), aim to enhance infrastructure and address key needs in the region. Of the total amount, $450,000 from the CAP will be directed towards the purchase of a new landfill compactor, bolstering waste collection and disposal services in Roma. The remaining $385,000 from the TAP will support ongoing studies in Mexico pertaining to the rehabilitation of the Roma-Miguel Aleman International Suspension Bridge, a historic structure built in 1928.
Congressman Cuellar emphasized his commitment to improving South Texas infrastructure, stating, "One of my priorities in Congress is to expand and enhance our infrastructure in South Texas. The two federal grants announced today strengthen waste collection and disposal services in Roma, and assess the modernization of the Roma-Miguel Aleman International Suspension Bridge. Both awards improve quality of life and ensure Roma and Starr County have the tools to continue growing."
John Beckham, Managing Director of NADBank, expressed satisfaction in awarding the funds, noting that the trash compactor would help maintain the optimum lifespan of the landfill. He also highlighted the significance of the grants in supporting sustainable border infrastructure through NADBank's Community Assistance and Technical Assistance Programs.
Roma Mayor Jaime Escobar Jr. welcomed the funding for the restoration of the historic suspension bridge, stating, "The restoration of the Roma-Miguel Aleman suspension bridge is an endeavor that will bring new life to this national historic landmark and will positively impact our local economy on multiple fronts."
The collaboration between Congressman Cuellar, NADBank, and local officials, including Starr County Judge Eloy Vera, was acknowledged as essential in delivering these crucial funds. The grant allocations underscore the ongoing efforts to address the pressing needs of border communities and contribute to the overall growth and development of the region.