Category Archives: Government

Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence Opens

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott joins South Texas College for a grand opening and building dedication ceremony for its Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence Sept. 18. (photo STC)

South Texas College held a grand opening and building dedication ceremony for its highly anticipated Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence Sept. 18. Helping the college open the facility was Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, delivering the keynote address to a gathering of local, state and federal law enforcement professionals. The new Regional Center intends to make STC the first border community college in the nation to establish integrative training along the…

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South Texas College Hosts President’s Advisory Retreat

Representatives from the RGV law enforcement community recently met for South Texas College’s first President’s Advisory Council Retreat. Here, leaders provided regular input and recommendations for professional continuing education and degree programs. Law enforcement is coordinating with STC to develop an action plan as the STC Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence gets underway. Earlier this year, STC President Shirley A. Reed extended an invitation to leaders of the law enforcement…

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The Basics of 8(a) Government Contracting

SBA Business Opportunity Specialist Gilbert Soliz Jr. explains both the ins and outs of the 8(a) Business Development Program on Sept. 6 at the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is an invaluable resource for any new entrepreneur. The 8(a) Business Development Program began as a public law and was named after Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act of 1953 (Section 204 of Public Law 100-656). The program’s incorporation took place in 1984 in Part 19, Small Business Program of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). Specifically, the program is a creation for businesses to work…

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TWC Chairman Resigns

Andres Alcantar

Texas Workforce Commission Chairman and Commissioner Representing the Public Andres Alcantar will retire from state service effective July 31. “The last ten years of service to the people of Texas through the Workforce Commission has been the highest honor and privilege of my professional life,” Alcantar said. “I am sincerely grateful to my fellow commissioners and thank the governor for the opportunity to serve our great state in this capacity.…

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Edinburg Makes Move for Bus Trolleys

The City of Edinburg is making financial moves to bring electric bus trolleys to the city, similar in design to this vehicle operated by Laguna Beach Transit in California. (photo Hometown Trolley)

This week, Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina and the city council gave a commitment for funds establish the city’s first downtown bus trolley system. The $126,000 letter of commitment is as a local match for a federal program that through Valley Metro – if approved by the Federal Transportation Administration – would provide an additional $719,000 to establish routes in the local community. Funds from the federal goverment would come via the…

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Local Leaders Take Part in RGV2DC Fly-In

Community leaders and stakeholders from the Rio Grande Valley gathered in Washington, D.C. for the 2nd Annual RGV2DC fly-in.

Forty community leaders and stakeholders from the Rio Grande Valley recently traveled to Washington, D.C. for the second annual RGV2DC fly-in. During their time in D.C., attendees met with members of Congress, including senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and Congressman Beto O’Rourke. Mayor of McAllen Mayor Jim Darling; elected officials from Mission, Pharr, and Brownsville; as well as senior leadership from the RGV Partnership, University of Texas at Rio Grande…

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BCIC Offers Economic Development Grants

BCIC

Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation is seeking nonprofit and city partners to partner with to promote economic development. BCIC looks to promote the development through the BCIC Partnership Grants which focus on community development projects. Both nonprofit organizations and city departments are the focus of the grants. By design, the awards engage in the necessary community development needed to promote economic development opportunities. Through the grants, the BCIC will supplement up to $5,000…

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McAllen State of the City Address Tomorrow

McAllen Mayor Jim Darling

Milestones of 2017 for the City of McAllen highlight McAllen Mayor Jim Darling’s annual State of the City Address Feb. 6 at 11:30 a.m. at the McAllen Convention Center. Tickets to the event are sold out, but the event will be streamed and broadcast on television. On the agenda are the economy as well as development around the city to enhance quality of life. Organizations will also receive recognition, including the…

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South Pharr Development and Research Center Opens

Pharr city officials and guests at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new South Pharr Development and Research Center. (photo City of Pharr)

Center provides amenities for citizens and government City of Pharr officials gathered Jan. 11 to host a grand opening of the South Pharr Development and Research Center. The center will serve as a technology, research, and training facility for residents and families in South Pharr. The venue space and exhibit hall are available for both large meetings and educational sessions. Residents may use the center to conduct research and attend workforce training. Computer…

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Abbott appoints City of McAllen’s Villarreal

Rigo Villarreal

Superintendent of Bridges named to state commission Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Rigo Villarreal to the Texas Facilities Commission. The commission manages state government buildings and also handles the sale of surplus property. This includes property donated to the state by federal programs. “It’s an honor and privilege to be appointed by Governor Abbott. I’m humbled by his trust and that I greatly appreciate the appointment to this position,” said…

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