Category Archives: Government

State Association Recognizes HIDTA Agents

Two agents of the Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney’s Office – High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force have top honors from the Texas Narcotic Officers Association. HIDTA Commander Juan Pablo Sifuentes is “Supervisor of the Year” and Agent Genovevo “Geno” Martinez III “Narcotic Officer of the Year” for the TNOA South Region. Both will receive recognition at the organization’s annual conference Aug. 19-22 in South Padre Island. Hidalgo County Criminal District…

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Preservation Awards Nominations Enter Final Days

(photo THC)

Only 10 days remain to nominate an individual or organization for their contributions to preserving Texas’ heritage. The Texas Historical Commission offers awards to recognize both worthy accomplishments and exemplary leadership in preserving Texas history. The deadline for submissions for the 2019 THC Preservation Awards is July 12. The THC is accepting nominations for the following historic preservation awards Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation John L. Nau III Award of Excellence…

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McAllen Communications Wins State Awards

The City of McAllen Office of Communications is the recipient of three TAMI Award of Excellence. The announcement came at the annual Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers conference held recently in Denton. TAMIO is a division of the Texas Municipal League. The three awards are for: Communications Planning for the 2018 Bond Election Best Media Relations for the 2017 McAllen Holiday Parade Best Use of Unplanned Social Media for…

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Hidalgo Honors Deputies

Hidalgo deputies honored

Seven deputies recently received certificates and a resolution honoring both their bravery and heroism at the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court. Deputies receiving Life-Saving Medals are: Enrique Amaya for saving a gunshot victim Oscar Elizondo for saving a teenage girl who had been in an all-terrain vehicle rollover Jayson Rivera for saving a man who was bleeding from an arterial wound Sheriff J.E. “Eddie” Guerra, who had previously awarded Life-Saving and…

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PeopleFund Merger Effective June 1

PeopleFund

PeopleFund and Certified Development Corporation of the Southwest are merging. Under the terms of the merger, PeopleFund will be the successor organization. The merger comes with the approval of both the Small Business Administration  and the State of Texas. The merger will create an economy of scale beneficial to Texas small businesses in delivering the SBA 504 loan program. According to CDCSW President/Managing Director Mike Mora, “The benefit of this merger is…

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McAllen a Marketing Award Finalist

Fiesta de Palmas award vote

The Event and Arena Marketing Conference’s announcement of its finalists for this year’s awards ceremony includes the City of McAllen. The EAMC recognizes the most innovative and impactful work in the live entertainment industry. Of the top five categories, McAllen is one of three finalists for EAMC Marketing Campaign of the Year. The nomination is a result of successful marketing efforts for last year’s introduction of Fiesta De Palmas. To prepare for Fiesta…

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STC Offers College Credit Via Homeland Security

A new agreement on April 24 between STC and federal law enforcement agencies will include expansion and development of educational pathways for federal agencies’ graduates within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

On April 24, South Texas College announces its official partnership with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers and three U.S. Homeland Security agencies. These will be the federal agencies’ first college credit partnership training agreements in the state of Texas.  The ceremony will formalize the Memorandum of Understanding agreements with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers, the U.S. Field Operations Academy and the U.S. Border Patrol Academy. These agreements expound how…

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McAllen Library Wins Awards

McAllen Public Library awards

McAllen Public Library is celebrating being a recipient of two notable awards. The library is the 2018 recipient of the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association Achievement of Excellence in Libraries Award as well as a Texas Library Association Branding Iron Award. Each year, TMLDA confers awards for outstanding contributions to public libraries. To receive the Achievement of Library Excellence Award, the applicant must exhibit excellence in providing services to underserved…

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Trail Park Planned for Elsa

City of Elsa Community Trail Park

An abandoned railroad property that runs through the center of town will soon face a transformation into the $1.25 million City of Elsa Community Trail Park. On March 20, the project became closer to reality thanks in part to a $500,000 grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. The city government will be providing $250,000 in local funds for the park. They are further expecting to receive $500,000 from the…

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McAllen, Aeromar and Mexico Stronger Together

McAllen representatives in Mexico CIty

The City of McAllen recently participated in key government and business meetings in Mexico City. Officials traveled to the area to forge stronger tourism and ties, while also increasing awareness of Aeromar Airlines’s non-stop flights. The meetings provided an opportunity for preliminary discussions to begin the process of forging Sister City ties with Mexico City. City of McAllen officials visited Mexico’s capitol city to continue promoting Aeromar’s non-stop route from McAllen…

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