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Economic Forecast Summit Aug. 30

Roberto A. Coronado

The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce hosts its Economic Forecast Summit Aug. 30 from 8 a.m. – noon at the the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce’s Mayor Norberto Salinas Conference Center, 202 W. Tom Landry. Headlining the summit is economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Roberto A. Coronado and making presentations are State Representative Sergio Munoz Jr. (TX-36) and president/CEO of the Mission Economic Development Corporation Alex Meade.…

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UTPA, STC sign articulation agreements Aug. 30

Administation from both the University of Texas-Pan American and South Texas College will gather Aug. 30 at the UTPA International Trade and Technology Building to sign articulation agreements for six academic programs offered at both institutions. The result will be a seamless transition for STC graduates to continue their studies at UTPA and earn their bachelor’s degrees in particular studies. The academic programs included are business administration, chemistry, communications, computer…

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Proposal to help consumers better understand health care coverage

The U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury has proposed new rules under the Affordable Care Act that enables consumers to easily understand their health coverage and determine the best health insurance options for themselves and their families. These proposed rules will also assist employers in finding the best coverage for their business and their employees. Under the proposed rules announced Aug. 17, health insurers and…

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Innovation Grant recipients share secrets Aug. 25

Winners of the 2011 McAllen Innovation Grants Awards share their secrets on submitting and presenting their project for the awards during the next I&E Network meeting Aug. 25 from 6-8 p.m. at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, 1200 Ash Avenue. Recipients of the award will speak and answer questions about the process, strategy and lessons learned while participating in the competition. The I&E Network is open to all community members…

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LatinaHope micro entrepreneurs orientation Aug. 25

Prospective applicants to the LatinaHope micro entrepreneur program are invited to attend an informational session and fall orientation Aug. 25. The LatinaHope Business Network is designed to facilitate the learning, networking and acting of Spanish speaking micro-entrepreneurs that have a new business idea or a small business and want to move their venture to a more tangible point. It is open to all community members who are working on new ideas.…

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Metro McAllen offers shuttle service during tax free weekend

McAllen’s public transit system, Metro McAllen,is offering shuttle service to some of McAllen’s retail centers during tax free weekend Aug. 19-21. Passengers may board Friday from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Shuttles run every hour on the hour beginning at Central Station in downtown McAllen and make stops at the Palms Crossing shopping center, Academy…

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Microsoft certification now available at UTB/TSC

University of Texas at Brownsville & Texas Southmost College’s Department of Applied Business Technology is now a testing site for Microsoft Office Systems exams. The fees associated with the testing are included in the tuition for MOS classes. Those Microsoft program tests offered are Word, Excel, Power Point and Access. Prior to the university becoming a testing site for the four Microsoft programs, the closest Microsoft testing location was Corpus Christi,…

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City of McAllen designated a Scenic City by Scenic Texas

Earlier this month, Scenic Texas designated the City of McAllen as a Scenic City. The certification program supports and recognizes municipalities that implement high quality scenic standards for public roadways and public spaces. Scenic Texas recognizes a direct correlation between the success of a city’s economic development efforts and the visual appearance of its public spaces. Scenic City has five certification levels – Certified, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. McAllen…

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OSHA app helps workers beat the heat

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released a free application for mobile devices that enables workers and supervisors to monitor the heat index at their work sites in order to prevent heat-related illnesses. The app, available in English and Spanish, combines heat index data from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with the user’s location to determine necessary protective measures. Based on the risk…

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STC launches virtual campus

On Aug. 9, South Texas College’s new eSTC Virtual Campus went live, offering online more than 500 course sections toward earning one of 15 degrees and five certificates, and access to online services such as the library, admissions, advising, payment services, financial aid, the bookstore and testing. According to STC President Shirley A. Reed, “Students will rarely, and in some cases never, have to set foot on a traditional campus,…

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