Author Archives: Ricardo Cavazos, VBR content editor

Ricardo D. Cavazos is a journalist and business executive who has over 30 years of experience as a reporter, editor and publisher and is currently managing allied health schools in the Rio Grande Valley and Laredo. Working for Freedom Communications, Cavazos served as editor of The Monitor for eight years and was publisher of The Brownsville Herald for 14 years. He also served as publisher of the Valley Morning Star for one year and launched two Spanish-language publications - El Nuevo Heraldo and El Extra. He is an Edinburg native currrently living in Harlingen.

2020 Brings Changes To Business Recruiting

EDC officials are hoping to utilize the USMCA to spur new growth in border trade such as operations at the McAllen Foreign Trade Zone. (Courtesy)

The handshake, lunch meetings and traveling where necessary to meet promising prospects are all part of what makes economic development successful. In 2020, some of those elements have been put to the side. It has been a challenge to deal with for economic development professionals. The same is so for the business world they connect with daily. The trips to a company’s headquarters have been replaced with Zoom calls. Longer…

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Salvation Army Rings In Holiday Cheer & Help

The iconic red kettles of the Salvation Army and their greeters ringing Christmas bells by store entrances will continue through the challenges of an eventful 2020 – with added precautions. The kettles will be frequently wiped down with disinfectant to keep them clean. The volunteers will also be trained to keep themselves and others safe. Both the Christmas cheer and services of the Salvation Army will continue, no matter the…

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Efforts To Fully Open Bridges Fall Short 

Vehicular and pedestrian traffic across the Progreso International Bridge and other spans has been limited in 2020.

McAllen Mayor Jim Darling recently made a suggestion in advocating for fully reopening international bridges. The border, he said, could have a temporary move to the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint near Falfurrias. Darling made the suggestion somewhat in jest and out of frustration that he and other Rio Grande Valley leaders have been unable to open the crossings to non-essential travel. “It didn’t go over too well with some folks,”…

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Vietnamese`Fusion’ Gains Following & Awards

Khanh “Connie” Nguyen’s first impressions of the Rio Grande Valley in 2008 were of a place she didn’t plan to stay long. In the midst of the Great Recession, and buffeted by the upheaval of the banking industry where she worked in southern California, Nguyen’s mother advised she head to the Valley for a fresh start. Nguyen had family here and she decided it was worth a try. “Too hot,”…

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National Magazine Touts McAllen’s Quality Of Life

The city of McAllen has hike-and-bike trails throughout the community.

Jim Darling first came to McAllen and the Rio Grande Valley in 1977. The freshly minted graduate of the Baylor Law School who was looking for something new. “I saw the palm trees and felt the warm weather, and thought, ‘I think I want to stay here,’” said Darling, a native of Rochester, NY. Stay Darling did, serving 28 years as McAllen’s city attorney. Many of those years, he was…

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TSC Adds New Programs In Industrial Education

TSC is making a major investment in equipment and labs to train students in its new industrial education programs.

Texas Southmost College of Brownsville continues to develop its industrial sector education by recently celebrating its first graduates in one program and offering a new degree program in another. The college this month marked its first graduates in its Industrial Insulation program. Nine students were part of the inaugural class. The graduates were promptly offered jobs with BrandSafway, a leading global provider of services for industrial and commercial markets. Juan…

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Young Realtor Sees New Opportunities 

Hector Cardoza hopes to find new opportunities in Brownsville and RGV real estate.

The world of real estate today is one where anyone in the world can see a local property for sale. It’s a world of visuals, said one of Brownsville’s young and aspiring realtors. Hector Cardoza believes he is in a good position to seize the opportunities of a growing market. The 29-year-old Cardoza grew up locally, a graduate of Los Fresnos High School and the University of Texas-Brownsville. He  started…

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Port Lands Major Ship-Building Project

Activity is busy at Keppel AmFELS at the Port of Brownsville.

A Seattle-based maritime contractor has chosen a Port of Brownsville tenant to build the largest hopper dredge in the United States. Manson Construction Co. is one of the nation’s leading builders of marine infrastructure projects. Its contract with Keppel AmFELS has AmFELS building a 15,000-cubic yard hopper dredge. It will have a length of 420 feet and a breadth of 81 feet.  A dredge is a marine vessel – a…

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‘Local Treasures’ Keep Community Connections

An arrangement of flowers at Southern Roots Flower Market, which has strong ties to McAllen.

A customer called Cissy Infante Guerrero to let her know they wouldn’t be coming by that week – but no worries – a return to Tucker’s Barbecue was guaranteed. “It was so sweet of her to call,” Infante Guerrero said of the customer. “She was worried about us and wanted to assure they would be back to see us.” The months of COVID-19 have consequently tested local businesses. They’ve adjusted…

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Tucker’s BBQ Roots Run Deep

A barbecue sandwich ready to go at Tucker's.

The drive-through line was snaking around a bend on a recent Friday at Tucker’s Barbecue in Raymondville. A Texas Department of Public Safety vehicle pulled up and dotted the line. Michael Guerrero kept the pit fire going as his wife, Cissy, and her staff worked through orders hanging on a wire with clothespins.  “It has been tough,” Cissy Infante Guerrero said of dealing with COVID-19 challenges. “Our business has been…

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