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Rural development receives $225K boost

Local rural areas will soon benefit from a $225,000 grant given to the University of Texas-Pan American from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program. The funds will be used to support an existing center which will provide technical assistance and improve the economic condition of rural areas. It will assist entities or individuals through startup, expansion or operational improvement of rural cooperatives and other rural business entities. Total…

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Local steel fabricator receives nearly $5 million

Structural Steel, Ltd. L & N Strong Family Limited Partnership in Pharr has received three U.S. Department of Agriculture loans totaling $4,990,000, allowing the company to refinance its debt and working capital, thus saving 70 jobs and creating 15 more. Strong Structural Steel, a structured steel fabricator specializing in pre-engineered metal buildings and various metal components, received the loans under the USDA Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan program. The guaranteed…

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South Texas Health System asks for community support in winning $10K

South Texas Health System is attempting to win first place in the national Pink Glove Dance competition through the American Cancer Society, with the $10,000 prize going to the local chapter of the American Cancer Society if it succeeds. The competition is based on online votes through midnight Oct. 26. In the Pink Glove Dance competition, entrants submit a music video featuring pink gloves. The winning video will be the…

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Hotel to be built adjacent to McAllen Convention Center

A total of 271 jobs are expected to be created with the completion of a proposed Cambria Suites Hotel neighboring the McAllen Convention Center. The project involves development of 2.31 acres and the construction of 74,848 square feet of total building area. The hotel will include 121 suites and 117 parking spaces. McAllen Strategic Group, LLC, a Delaware Limited Liability Company and its affiliates Fulcrum Management and Sharkin Enterprises have…

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$3.6 million awarded to Edinburg for community centers

The City of Edinburg is a recent recipient of $3,600,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency for the construction of two 20,000-square-foot hurricane/tornado safe room shelters which will also serve as community centers. The project, done in partnership with Hidalgo County, will create local jobs during the construction phase. The multi-purpose serving centers will be built at North 2nd Avenue and West Von Week Street,…

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TSTC seeking interview coaches

TSTC Career Services is holding its Fall 2012 Interview Practicum Nov. 7-8 and is looking for local business people to help current students step off on the right foot and into the job field. Interview coaches are being sought to hold simulated job interviews, questioning participants on work experience and giving direct feedback on personal presentation skills and resumes. Students will have three interviews total, with the focus of learning…

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UTPA holds graduate school information session series

The Office of Graduate Studies at The University of Texas-Pan American will host three free information sessions from Oct. 4 – Nov. 8 which highlight master’s and doctoral degrees in each of the seven colleges at the university. On Oct. 4, graduate programs from the College of Business Administration and College of Arts and Humanities will be showcased. Oct. 18 features the College of Education and College of Social and…

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Grants awarded to local innovators

NerdiTechs, Guardian eHealth Solutions and Seat Buddy have each received $10,000 from the McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Innovation Grant. Venture capitalists from these proposed companies and others competed in a process where a panel of regional business leaders evaluated proposals from the perspective of a venture capitalist. The panel makes a decision based on the viability and maturity of the project and the potential for a positive economic impact…

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South Texas Health System earns top honors

South Texas Health System was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. This is the third data-driven award given to South Texas Health System this year, with the system receiving the Texas Hospital Association’s Bill Aston Award for Quality in the non-research, non-teaching hospital category in February, and recognition in May by the…

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