Author Archives: VBR

McAllen recognized for performance management

The City of McAllen was recently one of only 11 jurisdictions receiving a Certificate of Distinction from the International City/County Management Association’s Center for Performance Measurement. The award recognizes superior performance management efforts through assessment of local governments’ performance management programs and encourages analysis of results by comparing to peers and gauging performance over time. Criteria for the certificate include: reporting of performance data to the public through budgets, newsletters,…

Read More

Bass Pro Shops Harlingen schedules job fair

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World will be holding a job fair for its Harlingen location, set to open Nov. 9, Aug. 15-17 at the Harlingen Community Center, 201 E. Madison, Harlingen, from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily. Applicants must be 18 years old. Applications will be accepted for full-time and part-time positions in the following departments: fishing, hunting, camping, footwear, apparel/gifts, marine accessories, boat sales, inventory control, customer service,…

Read More

McAllen projects receive funding from chamber

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce recently awarded $35,000 via the Innovation Grant Awards to four area projects ranging from energy recovery to an education app. Receiving the grants are: Bolt Muzzle Brake, led by Jack York, in the amount of $5,000 for professional product safety testing and performance for a device that reduces recoil for rifles. Emergency Evacuation Stretcher/Bed, led by Hector Moroles, in the amount of $10,000 for legal…

Read More

McAllen recognized as a Top 100 Place to Live

McAllen has recently been named to RelocateAmerica’s “Top 100 Places to Live” report of top communities in America. With help from area residents, McAllen could also receive recognition as a Top 10 overall community. “We are looking for a strong show of support among local residents, community and business leaders as the Top 10 breakout category winners are now determined through a special nomination process,” said Steve Nickerson, president of…

Read More

Department of Labor launches application development contests

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced two contests with a total of $70,000 in prize money for software applications that showcase innovative uses of the department’s data. The Occupational Employment Statistics challenge calls on developers to create visualizations using OES data from the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics to assist individuals in planning their education, considering a career change, moving to a new geographical area or negotiating pay…

Read More

$1.2 million grant awarded for postsecondary partnership

United Way of Southern Cameron County has been awarded a $1,299,909 grant to guide the continuing participation of the Brownsville postsecondary partnership in a three-year demonstration funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Partners for Postsecondary Success initiative is part of the Gates Foundation’s postsecondary strategy to double the number of young adults (aged 16-26) who earn a postsecondary credential with labor market value by 2025. Partners for Postsecondary…

Read More

McAllen Business Plan Competition workshop Aug. 3

The McAllen Business Plan Competition has added a workshop session on Aug. 3 from 3:30-5 p.m. to help entrepreneurs prepare their business plan application. The competition, offered by The McAllen Chamber of Commerce and the McAllen Economic Development Corporation, offers a $5,000 award to foster new business creation in the area. The competition is intended to simulate the real-world process of entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from early-stage investors and venture…

Read More

Tickets and sponsorships available for Weslaco Chamber gala

The Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce is bringing guests to “Casablanca” with its 3rd annual Gala & Auction Aug. 26 at Victoria Palms Suites and Conference Center. Table sponsorships are currently available, as well as individual tickets priced at $100. Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 and dancing to live entertainment until midnight. Live and silent auctions will also take place during the evening. Guests are…

Read More

Online master’s degree in computer science offered this fall

With the start of the fall semester at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College on Aug. 22 is the new offering of an online master’s degree in computer science. Having the same curriculum and professors as the university’s traditional master’s degree in computer science, students are required to complete 36 credit hours of graduate level computer science courses and 21 hours of electives. Juan Iglesias, associate…

Read More

Global Leadership Summit Aug. 11-12

Christian leaders are invited to Palm Valley Church (1720 E. Griffin Parkway, Mission) Aug. 11-12 for the Global Leadership Summit, an event geared “to transform Christian leaders around the world with an annual injection of vision, skill development, and inspiration for the sake of the local church.” Palm Valley is one of 185-plus cities in North America which serves as a Summit Site, connecting attendees to the events and speakers…

Read More