The Brownsville Economic Development Council (BEDC) tries to lure manufacturing firms to the Brownsville, Texas area, which includes Matamoros, Mexico. The BEDC helps companies with issues such as financing, job training, and site location. By assisting with permits, zoning, suppliers, and business contacts, the organization provides incentives for companies to choose the border town. The group also maintains contact and offers support once a company has established a Brownsville location and hosts social events for area manufacturers. It also helps companies enter or expand in Mexico. The publicly-funded BEDC was formed in 1992.