Category Archives: Government

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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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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Pharr Breaks Natatorium Ground

Pharr officials ceremoniously turn the dirt for the Pharr Natatorium groundbreaking.

Amid a crowd of enthusiastic swimming athletes, community members, and elected officials, the City of Pharr broke ground on the Pharr Natatorium Sept. 27. The Pharr Natatorium is a years-in-the-making project in partnership with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District. “My son is an avid swimmer and my wife and I have had the privilege of cheering him on during many competitions,” said Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez.…

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Hidalgo Receives Recognition for Health Efforts

Health and Human Services Chief Administrative Officer Eduardo Olivarez, Commissioners Court, and Health Department Public Health Education Coordinator Ricardo Salinas, holding the county's Gold recognition.

Hidalgo County’s Health and Human Services department has received state recognition in the form of a Gold Award. The award comes from the Texas Healthy Communities Program for efforts to reduce cardiovascular disease and stroke, as well as other chronic diseases in the county. “This award is a direct result of collaborative efforts of a workgroup coordinated by Ricardo Salinas,” said Eduardo “Eddie” Olivarez. Olivarez serves as Health and Human Services…

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Brownsville Names Engineering & Public Works Director 

Armando Gutierrez Jr.

Armando Gutierrez Jr. is now the Engineering & Public Works director of the City of Brownsville. Gutierrez oversees the department to implement systems, operational plans and policies to improve city services by efficiently and effectively allocating resources. The Engineering & Public Works Department aims to execute capital projects for improvements to city infrastructure. There is an emphasis on streets and drainage. Gutierrez was most recently the director of Public Works for…

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A New Vision of Mission

Surveyor maps laid down the first legal representations in Hidalgo County in the late 1930s.  L. David Flores, the deputy city manager of Mission, said these basic maps were used as the legal representations for the county and its cities up until the early 1990s. Computer aided designs were already creating early versions of the first digital representations of the old maps. City governments began making use of these digital…

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SBA Funds to Expand Small Business Exporting

STEP

The Texas Department of Agriculture is the recipient of a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to support export growth among small businesses. The funds come through SBA’s competitive State Trade Expansion Program. “STEP is a great example of a true export development and promotion tool for preparing U.S. small businesses for international opportunities,” said District Director Angela Burton. “STEP grant awardees will offer the resources to help small businesses…

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City of McAllen Hires Finance Director

Sergio Villasana Jr.

Sergio Villasana Jr. as the new director of finance for the City of McAllen. The Rio Grande Valley native has six years of experience in municipal work. His most recent service includes deputy finance director for the City of Harlingen. Villasana has a broad range of expertise in finance. This includes both serving as the assistant auditor for Cameron County and owning his own public accounting firm. “The City of…

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Development Makes the RGV Prosperous

Eighty years ago, the Rio Grande Valley was a rural, agriculturally based economy with little growth happening. Fast forward to 10 years ago, and the RGV was quickly becoming a thriving metropolitan area as development intensified. Today, the region has completely transformed economically. It has become an area developed by improving and increasing commercial, retail, industrial, entertainment, medical and higher education institutions.  Education In 2013, the transformation of the RGV’s…

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Second Chance Leads to Careers

Students stand by one of their instructors in the welding shop at the Bayview center.

AMIkids Rio Grande Valley is a one-of-a-kind program rehabilitating young felons. At the same time, it gives them the chance to become certified welders. The program has been in operation in eastern Cameron County for quite some time. AMIkids Rio Grande Valley is the only one in the Lone Star State and one of 44 AMIkids programs nationally. The organization works with at-risk youngsters ages 15 through 18. With roots in…

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