Author Archives: VBR

Weslaco Chamber Announces New Board

Robert Donaldson, Alex Montenegro and Omar Rodriguez

Three new members are now on the Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Robert Donalson of Texas Regional Bank, Alejandra Montenegro of Frost Bank and Omar Rodriguez of Rio Bank all accepted the nominations to serve a three-year term. Donalson is a loan officer at Texas Regional Bank in Weslaco. He is a graduate of Leadership Mid Valley XI and served on the…

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Unique Projects Trains Future Alzheimer’s Caregivers

An STC OTA student explains the layout inside of the Activities of Daily Living apartment to peers at STC’s Nursing and Allied Health campus. (photo STC)

It might seem unusual to see drawings of utensils or constant safety reminders around the home. Yet, these can be beneficial when caring for a loved one or patient with Alzheimer’s. These helpful visual cues can make the difference from a patient. Photos and other reminders can aid a patient in completing a task instead of experiencing frustration or confusion. South Texas College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program students recently had…

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Trenton Crossing Welcomes Exotic Berry Frozen Yogurt

Exotic Berry Frozen Yogurt

Exotic Berry Frozen Yogurt is leasing 1,453 square feet at Trenton Crossing in McAllen and plans to open in the spring. Trenton Crossing Shopping Center at North 10th Street and West Trenton Road offers both retail and office space. One of the metro area’s four Target stores anchors the center. Other major retailers include Marshalls, Ross, Bealls, Hobby Lobby and PetSmart. Exotic Berry Frozen Yogurt offers a variety of healthy…

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Brownsville FTZ Ranks Third in Nation

FTZ No. 62 at the Port of Brownsville reported more than $3.8 billion in exported goods in 2018.

Foreign Trade Zone No. 62 at the Port of Brownsville remains near the top in the nation for the value of exports. FTZ No. 62 ranks third in the country with more than $3.8 billion in exported commodities in 2018. This is an increase from the $3.5 billion reported in 2017. The figures come from the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones Board’s annual report to Congress released in late November. Since 2012,…

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Awarding Shoppers on the Island

Sisters Interiors is one of the many businesses holiday shoppers can shop and have a chance to win a $500 shopping spree from the SPI Chamber. (photo Sisters Interiors)

The South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce is encouraging holiday shoppers to hit up some of the Island’s businesses. In turn, shoppers can win a $500 shopping spree. People can shop any business on South Padre Island until Dec. 18 to enter to win. To be entered, original receipts must be brought to any of the following chamber member businesses: Cactus Flower, Paragraphs, S.O.S. Services, Ship Shape, Sisters Interiors; SPI…

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Upcoming 3,400-Acre Development Seeks Public Input

(photo Killam Development)

Killam Development is in plans to develop approximately 3,400 acres in Mission and McAllen into a large master planned development. As part of the planning, Killam will seek input from the public and community stakeholders on what they want to see in the development. Killam Development is working with Able City and Dover Kohl, a group of professional architects, designers, land planners and artists. The group will use their expertise…

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Port Recognizes Welding Works International

Ralph Cowen, Brownsville Navigation District Secretary; John Wood, Brownsville Navigation District commissioner; Sergio Tito Lopez, Brownsville Navigation District vice chairman; Mary Treviño, Welding Works International Inc. executive administrator; Alfredo de la Fuente, Welding Works International, Inc. president; Christina de la Fuente, Welding Works International Inc. manager; John Reed, Brownsville Navigation District chairman; and Esteban Guerra, Brownsville Navigation District commissioner.

Welding Works International Inc. is the Port of Brownsville 2019 Chairman’s Award honoree. The award recognizes the company’s 20-plus years of “setting a high standard in safety training and providing ongoing contributions to the well-being of the Rio Grande Valley community.” Brownsville Navigation District Chairman John Reed presented the award to Welding Works President Alfredo de la Fuente at the Customer Appreciation Luncheon Dec. 3. More than 200 guests were…

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More Than 1,400 Officers Trained at RCPSE

RCPSE interim Chief Administrator Sgt. Jose Moroles addresses law enforcement at STC’s President’s Advisory Council Committee luncheon Nov. 19. (photo STC)

More than 1,400 law enforcement officers have trained at South Texas College’s Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence since January. The numbers come from RCPSE interim Chief Administrator Sgt. Jose Moroles, who spoke recently at STC’s President’s Advisory Council Committee. STC is the first border community college in the nation to establish integrative training for local, state and federal professionals in law enforcement. This also includes those in public safety,…

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Qualfon Continues Growth in Harlingen

Qualfon Data Services

Qualfon Data Services LLC is already producing more than $8 million annually into the local economy in wages and now, it is expanding its footprint in Harlingen. According to the Harlingen Economic Development Corporation, the business providing contact center services, integrated marketing solutions, big data analytics, and back-office processing is receiving a $200,000 job creation grant from the EDC. This comes after Qualfon extended their lease on a 40,000-square-foot office…

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Project Please To Grow Special Ed Leaders

Project PLEASE

Faculty in the UTRGV College of Education and P-16 Integration have been awarded a $1.2 million grant for Project PLEASE, a collaborative initiative to help grow leaders in special education administration. “Project PLEASE is a personnel training grant that will give scholarships and stipends to 14 vetted candidates to complete their doctorate in education in special education administration,” said Hsuying Ward. Ward is an associate professor of Human Development and…

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