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UTRGV Ranks High in Online Colleges

UTRGV

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is sixth in the list of Best Online Colleges in Texas for 2019-2020 by OnlineColleges.com, Accolades came for the affordability and quality of its online programs. Several factors make up the online colleges ranking of universities across Texas. These include accreditation, affordability, accessibility, student satisfaction and online growth. In the “Annual Tuition and Fees” category, UTRGV came in at $7,587. This is based on criteria that…

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State Association Recognizes HIDTA Agents

Two agents of the Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney’s Office – High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force have top honors from the Texas Narcotic Officers Association. HIDTA Commander Juan Pablo Sifuentes is “Supervisor of the Year” and Agent Genovevo “Geno” Martinez III “Narcotic Officer of the Year” for the TNOA South Region. Both will receive recognition at the organization’s annual conference Aug. 19-22 in South Padre Island. Hidalgo County Criminal District…

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RGV Job Fair July 18

RGV Job Fair

The Pharr Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with Workforce Solutions, hosts the fifth annual RGV Job Fair July 18. More than 65 employers from various industries will be on-site seeking qualified individuals looking to advance their professional careers. “Our job fair has been very successful over the years, and it has grown into one of the largest in the RGV,” said Mayor Dr. Ambrosio Hernandez. “This year we have added…

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Economic Development Summit July 12

The Starr County Economic Development Summit: Shaping the Future, a strategic planning summit, takes place July 12. The event will focus on developing a roadmap for Starr County. This will allow for economic and community development that is “driven, transparent, adaptable and whose shared success is measurable.” In late 2018, South Texas College and the Starr County Industrial Foundation received a $100,000 federal planning grant to assist in updating the…

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McAllen Hires New Planning & Zoning Director

Edgar Garcia

Edgar Garcia is the new director of Planning and Zoning for the City of McAllen. The Rio Grande Valley native has over eight years of experience in municipal work. His service most recently includes being the director of Planning and Community Development for Baker County, Fla. Garcia has a broad range of expertise in project management and development. This includes long-range and short-term project planning, grant writing and federal funds…

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New Hours for Pharr Bridge

Pharr Bridge

Effective July 4, the Pharr International Bridge has new hours of operation of the temporary pilot programs designed to relieve congestion, increase truck throughput and reduce border wait times at Pharr’s international land port of entry. The primary change to the schedule is that priority will be given to commercial traffic during regular business hours (Monday – Friday). Cars and passenger vehicle lanes will close for cars to give priority to…

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UTRGV Documentary Earns Telly Award

"And Then the Soldiers Were Gone" Telly Award-winning crew

UTRGV’s Community Historical Archaeology Project with Schools has won a Bronze Telly Award for its documentary “And Then the Soldiers Were Gone.” The winning documentary focuses on the history of Fort Ringgold, the former military base in Rio Grande City turned school, through stories from the residents. Nick Taylor made the submission to the Telly Awards. He was in shock upon receiving the email that the film had won a Telly, he said. “This documentary…

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TSC Lowers Tuition and Fees

TSC campus

Texas Southmost College’s tuition and fees are now lower. This comes after a unanimous vote by the college’s board of trustees at a meeting June 27. “We are excited to be able to lower tuition and fees for the second time in six years,” said TSC Board Chair Adela G. Garza. “The board of trustees has been working diligently with administration to continue to make a college education affordable for…

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EDC Sells Interest in TSTC University Center

The Harlingen Economic Development Corporation has sold its interest in the University Center building on the Texas State Technical College for $4.4 million. The 38,000-square-foot building first opened its doors in August 2011. Since then, Harlingen residents and the region the opportunity have had opportunities to attend major universities without leaving the area. Currently the center partners with four universities: University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Texas A&M…

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Preservation Awards Nominations Enter Final Days

(photo THC)

Only 10 days remain to nominate an individual or organization for their contributions to preserving Texas’ heritage. The Texas Historical Commission offers awards to recognize both worthy accomplishments and exemplary leadership in preserving Texas history. The deadline for submissions for the 2019 THC Preservation Awards is July 12. The THC is accepting nominations for the following historic preservation awards Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation John L. Nau III Award of Excellence…

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