Author Archives: VBR

BCIC Offers Funding for Downtown Development

BCIC grants

The Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation is seeking for start-ups and existing businesses for its “Business Improvement & Growth (BIG)” Program. These entities should be looking to relocate or expand in Brownsville’s Historic Downtown. Through the BIG Program, businesses and property owners can receive financial assistance for exterior and interior capital improvements. This includes signage improvements. They can also receive rent subsidy assistance for projects intended to create jobs and increase…

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McAllen Medical First Level II Trauma Center in Area

McAllen Medical Center

McAllen Medical Center, part of the South Texas Health System, is the first hospital in Hidalgo County designated as a Level II Trauma Center. Patients who come to the Level II Trauma Center are less likely to transfer to another facility for further care. The designation by the Texas Department of State Health Services was achieved following program verification by the American College of Surgeons. It was a requirement that…

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SBA Forum Gives Local Businesses a Platform

Rhett Davis

Region 6 Small Business Advocate Rhett Davis of the SBA’s Office of Advocacy host two local small business regulatory forums March 28. The forums are held in an effort to further the goals of presidential executive orders on regulatory reform. The goal of the visit is to hear directly from small business owners about federal regulations that concern them. This is an opportunity for small businesses to educate the Office of Advocacy through first-hand…

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TWC Awards STC Continuing Ed $600k

Thanks to funding provided by two significant grants awarded by Texas Workforce Commission, getting ahead is now easier than ever for continuing education students at South Texas College. Thanks to two grants, Continuing, Professional, and Workforce Education at STC will begin assisting students with low literacy skills who either lack a high school diploma or who may not have the skills needed for employment. A combined total of $659,340 comes…

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Medical Conference Coming to SPI

The 27th Annual Rio Grande Valley Medical Education Conference takes place April 26-27 at the Isla Grande Beach Resort on South Padre Island. Helping to plan the conference are Dr. Dionisio Calvo III, internal medicine physician in Weslaco; Mitty Reyna of the Knapp Medical Center Education Department; and Dr. Robert Sepulveda, internal medicine physician in Weslaco and conference chairman.

The Rio Grande Valley Medical Education Conference & Exposition for Valley physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists and medical students takes place April 27-28 on South Padre Island. “This year’s conference will be particularly convenient in allowing physicians and other healthcare professionals in Hidalgo and Cameron counties to obtain the education credits they need in one jam-packed weekend,” said Dr. Robert Sepulveda, chairman of the conference. The conference will also provide…

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Nominate Small Businesses for McAllen Top 5

McAllen Top 5

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the McAllen Top 5 Small Business Awards. Winning nominees receive recognition from the chamber as the best of the best businesses in McAllen. In order to compete, a business must complete a Top 5 Small Business Awards application, as well as provide documentation supporting their claim as one of McAllen’s finest businesses. Businesses must also be a member of the…

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Reed Accepts Pioneer Award

South Texas College President Shirley A. Reed receives the Pioneer Award for her leadership. (photo STC)

South Texas College President Shirley Reed has received the 2018 Pioneer Award from the Community College Baccalaureate Association. Reed recently accepted the award in New York City. The honor recognizes an individual who has shown great leadership, as well as go above and beyond to provide financial support and resources for a higher education institution. The CCBA strives to promote better access to baccalaureate degrees on community college campuses. It also…

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Census Jobs Available in RGV

census 2020

The U.S. Census is currently hiring for the 2020 census. Thousands of employees make it happen and some of those positions are local.  For consideration, applicants must reside in the McAllen local commuting area. “In 2020, the United States will conduct the once-a-decade census, a mandate in the U.S. Constitution,” said McAllen Mayor Jim Darling.  “That may feel like a long way off, but preparations have already begun, and the U.S.…

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RCPSE Open House March 5

RCPSE open house

South Texas College’s Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence hosts its first open house March 5. From 5:30-7 p.m., the public may tour the facilities, as well as watch demonstrations of driving and firearm simulators. Attendees will also get a look at the campuses state-of-the-art equipment. The STC Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence is the first border community college in the nation to establish integrative training for local, state and federal…

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New TWC Site Helpful for Employers

TexasLMI

The Texas Workforce Commission has a new website, TexasLMI.com, that makes accessing the agency’s statistics easier. The new site allows business and workers to monitor staffing trends and annual growth rate. Latest economic indicators for the state are also accessible. “Our new LMI website ensures the most up-to-date labor market data is readily available to employers throughout the state, and creates a simplified platform to find this information,” said TWC Chair and Commissioner Representing…

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