Author Archives: Angey Murray

Texas Unemployment Rate Hits Historic Low

unemployment down

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 3.7 percent in October, down from 3.8 percent in September 2018. This is the lowest level since the state unemployment data series began in January 1976. In addition, the Brownsville-Harlingen MSA fell to 5.2 percent, down .7 from September and .8 from October 2017. McAllen-Ediburg Mission also posted low numbers at 5.5 percent. This is down from 6.2 percent in September and 5.9 percent…

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Edinburg Chamber Feeds Multiple Families

Edinburg Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, Staff and Board of Directors presenting Thanksgiving meals certificates to the Edinburg families. On Wednesday, November 14th, the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce (ECOC) Ambassadors presented Thanksgiving meals to Edinburg families at the Saint Vincent De Paul Center at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors presented Thanksgiving meals to Edinburg families Nov. 14 at the Saint Vincent De Paul Center at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Chamber Ambassadors reached out to eleven families from the Edinburg Area by providing 11 prepared meals. These meals included turkey and all the fixings for their holiday. Making donations were the Chamber Ambassadors, Hidalgo- Starr County Medical Society, Rio Valley Realty, Best Western Plus…

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Veterans Hiring Event Nov. 8

Hiring Red, White and You

On Nov. 8, the  2018 Hiring Red, White, and You! Job Fair will be held simultaneously in 29 cities throughout the state of Texas. Two local cities, Brownsville and Mission, will host the veterans hiring fair, connecting veterans and their spouses with employers who are seeking veterans’ exceptional skills. The Cameron County fair takes place 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Brownsille Event Center, 1 Event Center. Mission is host to…

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Port of Brownsville Trade Facilitated with Grant

Port of Brownsville

The Port of Brownsville is the recipient of a $1.5 million Rider 45 grant from the Texas Department of Transportation. The grant will enhance the port’s intermodal connectivity, further facilitating domestic and international trade in the Rio Grande Valley. The funds will aid in constructing the South Port Connector Project. The port connector road will span two miles and connect Ostos Road at the port with Highway 4. The Port of…

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Port of Brownsville Seeks Public Opinion

Port of Brownsville

The Port of Brownsville invites stakeholders and customers to complete a survey designed to help the port in better service. The survey includes a number of questions that ask about personal views of the Port of Brownsville and the services and benefits it provides. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.  To ensure confidentiality, an independent, third-party vendor is conducting the survey. Responses will remain anonymous and will be of…

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Lance Ames Promoted to Health System CEO

Lance Ames

Lance Ames is now the chief executive officer of South Texas Health System Edinburg and South Texas Health System Children’s. Ames recently served as chief operating officer and then interim CEO of the system’s facilities in Edinburg. Under his leadership, the hospital opened a new 26-bed inpatient unit dedicated to the care of surgical patients. The hospitals also saw an increase in total surgeries by 8 percent during the prior year. Prior…

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McAllen Ecourages Team Up to Clean Up

Keep McAllen Beautiful invites citizens to hit the streets of McAllen April 7 to help in the Great American Clean-Up & Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-off.

Keep McAllen Beautiful is organizing its annual Great American Clean-Up & Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-off for April 7, 2018 from 8 a.m. to noon at McAllen Municipal Park. KMB plans to hit the city’s major streets, hike and bike trails, city parks and schools to help keep McAllen looking clean and beautiful. “I am always so proud of our city during the cleanup because of the number of volunteers that participate and…

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Arts and Cultural Center Coming to Edinburg

(photo City of Edinburg)

On March 2, the City of Edinburg Library and Cultural Arts Division and the Edinburg Arts Foundation unveiled a new sign marking the spot of the future South Texas Arts and Cultural Center. Plans are in the works to renovate the old Sam Houston Elementary School. The vision is to feature local artists, host family-friendly cultural events, and attract more visitors to the city. The city acquired the property at the corner…

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Abbott appoints City of McAllen’s Villarreal

Rigo Villarreal

Superintendent of Bridges named to state commission Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Rigo Villarreal to the Texas Facilities Commission. The commission manages state government buildings and also handles the sale of surplus property. This includes property donated to the state by federal programs. “It’s an honor and privilege to be appointed by Governor Abbott. I’m humbled by his trust and that I greatly appreciate the appointment to this position,” said…

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