Oct 10, 2019
Gilberto Salinas, Chief Operation Officer
Kerrville Economic Development Corporation

Gilberto is the Chief Operation Officer of the Kerr Economic Development Corporation in Kerrville, Texas, in the heart of the Hill Country and part of the San Antonio-Austin business corridor. As the economic development executive in Kerrville, Texas, he is implementing strategies for business and corporate growth in an array of sectors which are tied to the recently launched 2050 Your Voice-Your City comprehensive plan.

In his prior role, he was the head of economic development for the Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico Borderplex, a binational and bicultural region of 1.2 million where he managed a prospect pipeline of $11 billion in projects and regularly met with top-level executives of Fortune 500 companies.

As an economic development career-professional, Gil has had the distinctive opportunity to work a project of significant impact with Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, and its founder Elon Musk, who in 2014 announced the construction of their South Texas Launch Site at Boca Chica Beach. He recently was chosen to present his story about the SpaceX project in a Ted Talk series at the IEDC 2017 Going Global Conference in Toronto.

In 2016, Governor Gregg Abbott appointed Gil to his Texas Aerospace & Aviation Advisory Committee.  He is a recipient of the DCI 40-Under-40 Rising Stars in Economic Development in the nation and in 2015 was named the Distinguished Alumnus of Leadership Brownsville and Masons Community Builder of the Year.