Texas Border Business
MISSION, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 29, 2018 – The Mission Economic Development Corporation board has named Daniel Silva the new Chief Executive Officer of the city’s organization charged with creating jobs and economic opportunity in Mission.
Silva, with 14 years of economic development experience and master’s degree in public administration, will begin immediately. He previously served as the Mission EDC’s Chief Operating Officer.
“I appreciate the support and confidence of the Mission EDC board and Mayor O’Caña in naming me to this very important position,” said Silva. “We will continue to move forward with the projects we have on hand, continue to focus on small business and the community in addition to providing the technology and skills training needed to continue the ground-breaking work that we’re known for.”
Silva added that he looks forward to working with the Mission EDC board, the Mayor and city council to maintain the city’s growth and low unemployment rates through economic development, recruitment and other programs. He was named to the top position on Wednesdayimmediately following CEO Alex Meade’s resignation to pursue another opportunity.
“Daniel is a very capable CEO. He’s been very instrumental getting us to where we are at,” said S. David Deanda, Mission EDC Board President. “Daniel is going to be a great fit for the organization, and a great fit for the City of Mission. There was no question as to who the replacement was going to be. There’s just nobody as qualified as him.”
Also, Deanda said he was grateful to have worked with Meade and thanked him for his voluminous work and signature accomplishments during his seven years at the Mission EDC.
Silva, 37, holds a bachelor’s in Business Administration in Computer Information Systems as well as a master’s in Public Administration. Both degrees are from the UT-Pan American (UTRGV).
He currently holds certifications as a Certified Public Manager (CPM), an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) and a Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED). Silva’s previous capacities with the Mission EDC includes Project Manager for seven years and Chief Operating Officer for additional seven years.
Silva has been married for 14 years to Monica Silva, a librarian at Sharyland ISD’s John H. Shary Elementary. Together, they have a 13-year-old son, Daniel, and a 10-year-old daughter Bianca.