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36 Texas Main Streets come to Harlingen

Downtown Harlingen is in the midst of the 2012 Texas Main Street Winter Training, being held until Feb. 10 at the Jackson Square Events Center. The conference, sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission, has brought together downtown managers from 36 official Texas Main Street Programs from cities throughout the state, including Dallas, Amarillo and New Braunfels, along with THC staff from Austin and Valley organizations. Part of the event includes…

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Alvarez named RGV Partnership president & CEO

Harlingen native Julian Alvarez has been named the Rio Grande Valley Partnership’s new president and CEO. His duties start today, Feb. 1. Alvarez recently served as South Texas regional director for Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), allowing him to experience first-hand the issues that are important to building a strong regional profile. “When the Rio Grande Valley positions itself as one region with one voice it resonates throughout our great…

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Timeline revealed for pilot Resaca Restoration Projects

One of the largest eco-restoration projects in the state of Texas will be underway in Brownsville come August 2012 when four pilot resaca project sites begin the renewal of the city’s Resaca System. The Brownsville Public Utilities Board’s Resaca Restoration Project includes Resaca Boulevard, Dean Porter Park, Cemetery Resaca and The Gladys Porter Zoo, with specialized dredging of the resacas to restore them to their original depths and profiles. The…

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Fiesta Edinburg applications currently being accepted

The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce is now accepting vendor and parade applications for its Fiesta Edinburg 2012 to be held Feb. 23-26 at Edinburg Municipal Park. Applications must be received no later than Feb. 17. Vendor applications accepted include commercial, arts/crafts and food. Space is assigned on a first come, first served basis. For the application (PDF), which also includes more information, click here. The parade, with the theme of…

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McAllenNow.com launches as legislative action platform

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce has recently launched McAllenNow.com, helping the chamber’s Governmental Affairs Council promote a more business and community friendly legislative environment. Highlights of the Web site include newsfeeds filtered by keyword relevant to the local legislative environment and voter resources which provide information on elected officials and resources to assist in the voting process. Another key element is votervoice, a module for posting important regional legislative issues,…

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NAI Global acquired, expands worldwide services

NAI Global, the largest network of independent commercial real estate firms worldwide, has been acquired by C-III Capital Partners LLC, creating a fully integrated commercial property service globally. Locally, NAI Global is represented by NAI Rio Grande Valley, with offices in Harlingen, Brownsville and McAllen. NAI Rio Grande Valley services the South Texas Border region. The firm already provides full commercial real estate brokerage services for companies and individuals looking…

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Port of Brownsville location of choice for liquefied natural gas company

In an application filed with the United States Department of Energy, liquefied natural gas company Gulf Coast LNG Export, LLC has asked for authorization for the Port of Brownsville to be the location for a proposed facility utilized for exporting liquefied natural gas. The lease has been approved by the Brownsville Board of Commissioners. The application was filed with D.O.E. Jan. 10 and is pending approval. Gulf Coast LNG Exports…

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UTB students given opportunity for Oracle certification

Beginning this semester, students in The University of Texas at Brownsville’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences now have the opportunity to test for Oracle administrator or Oracle enterprise programmer certification. The process is made possible by a $250,000 grant from Oracle to implement the Oracle Advanced Computer Science Academy. The Oracle training takes place in the undergraduate Database Management Systems course’s weekly labs. Students preparing for the certification tests…

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Edward Jones ranks 5 on FORTUNE's Best Companies to Work For List

Edward Jones ranks No. 5 on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For 2012” list, making it the 13th time the financial services firm appeared on the prestigious list. Edward Jones also ranked No. 3 for large-sized companies and No. 2 for work-life balance for associates who feel “encouraged to balance their work and personal life.” The firm was the highest ranking financial-services firm on the list. The firm’s…

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Innovation Grant Awards process explained Jan. 26

Those wishing to compete in the McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Innovation Grant Awards may want to attend the next I&E Network Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. to learn more about the process. Applicants may request up to $10,000 to establish, expand, develop or advance a basic business product idea. All the details and procedures of the competition will be explained during the meeting. The competition, awards and grant are…

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