Author Archives: VBR

INNO Discusses a “New Era” for Trade

Jose Espinosa Alvarez, an instructor at Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas, speaks at STC’s 7th annual INNO Conference Nov. 1.

South Texas College’s seventh annual Binational Innovation Conference (INNO) took place Nov. 1. This year’s conference brought together those from industry, education and economic development. Each brought pertinent information with a focus on both innovation and the impact of students on the future workforce. “A New Era of Manufacturing in South Texas and Northern Mexico” centered primarily on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The proposed agreement looks to modernize the 24-year-old…

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Weslaco Area Chamber Honors Residents

The Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual membership and awards luncheon Oct. 30 at the Knapp Medical Conference Center. Chamber recognitions included Man, Woman and Business of the Year, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award. Also receiving recognition were Volunteer and Board Member of the Year recipients. Man of the Year The 2019 Man of the Year is Joe Vidales, Weslaco’s resident expert historian. Vidales has been…

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McAllen Named a Safe City

McAllen is a top safe city in the nation, according to the website 24/7Wall St.

McAllen is once again receiving accolades as being a safe city in the United States, this time by the website 24/7Wall St. The ranking puts McAllen as four on the list of 294 midsize and large U.S. cities tracked by the FBI. All cities have a populations of at least 100,000. To identify the 50 safest U.S. cities, 24/7 Wall St. reviews violent crime rates in cities with at least…

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Edinburg Honors Leaders at Banquet

The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce recently held its 87th annual Installation Banquet, recognizing community leaders with various awards.

The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce recently held its 87th annual Installation Banquet. More than 250 local business and community leaders were in attendance for a social hour and fine dining. During this time, many local leaders (including the 2019 Man and Woman of the Year, 2019 Ambassador of the Year, 2019 Leadership Award, and the 2019 Distinguished Business Awards) received recognition. Carlos and Sister Guerra, owners of La Muneca Cattle…

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Pharr Announces New Assistant City Managers

Hilda Pedraza and Anali Alanis

As Pharr moves to improve the city’s organizational structure to better serve the needs of the community, City Clerk Hilda Pedraza and Human Resources Director Anali Alanis have been promoted to new assistant city managers. “When evaluating performance for consideration of promotions, decisionmakers traditionally reward past performance and results,” said Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez. “In Pharr, we have adopted a more forward-thinking mentality as we evaluate the types of leaders we…

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Murals Without Borders Announces Winners

"Un Mismo Corazon" by Marisa Latigo

The Brownsville Beautification Committee has announced the official winners of the Murals Without Border Contest. The Murals Without Borders community-wide mural contest opened Aug. 1 to provide artists the opportunity to depict a world without borders. Submissions symbolize the unity of the Brownsville-Matamoros region and provide accessible art on public display for the community. Winners are: Un Mismo Corazon by Marisa Latigo. Latigo is a freelance photographer and designer from Matamoros, Tamaulipas,…

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Texas Maintains Record Low Unemployment Rate

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In September, the Texas economy added 7,600 seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm positions. The unemployment rate held steady for the fourth month in a row at 3.4 percent. This matches the all-time record low first set in June. This record is currently the lowest the unemployment rate has been since series tracking began in 1976. “Texas’ fourth straight month of record-setting low unemployment rates highlights the competitive strength of Texas businesses,…

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Edinburg Names Man and Woman of the Year

Edinburg Chamber Man and Woman of the Year Carlos and Sister Guerra

Carlos and Sister Guerra, owners of La Muñeca Cattle Company, are the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Man and Woman of the Year. For 30 years, Carlos and Sister Guerra have hosted the La Muñeca Field Day the first Saturday of October. The day brings in kids from all over South Texas to compete in livestock, hay judging and weight guessing contests. Speakers from across the state come to talk to 4-H…

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McAllen Announces Innovation Grant Winners

Exo and Cy, Innovative Grant winner

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce will present its 2019 McAllen Innovation Grant winners Oct. 24. The presentation takes place during the I&E Network from 6-8 p.m. at the chamber, 1200 Ash Ave., and includes free pizza and beer. “Entrepreneurs are rolling out new ideas and new items. Innovators will network and learn about their projects, struggles, victories, but more than anything, what have they done in order to be awarded as…

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Hidalgo County Holds Auction on Drug-Seized Vehicles

Hidalgo County will hold a Surplus Auction by Auction Marketing Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. The auction will include the sale of police seized cars, trucks, tractor trailers and trailers. Interested buyers can pre-register and view items Oct. 17 and Oct. 18 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office Grounds. Online registration is only available for online bidding at amtauctions.com. All other buyers must register onsite.…

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