Category Archives: Government

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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McAllen Library Holds Amnesty Month

McAllen Library Amnesty Month

April is McAllen Public Library’s fourth annual Amnesty Month with removal of fines for overdue items returned to branches. Throughout the month, returns of overdue books, CDs, DVDs and Blu-Rays may be made at any of MPL’s three locations. All items regardless of how overdue, qualify for removal of fines from a patron’s account. “Amnesty Month has two goals: returning overdue items to our shelves and welcoming people back to the library…

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Program Helps Leaders Emerge

Emerging Leaders

Applications from 22 South Texas businesses were in by the March deadline for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Emerging Leaders Initiative intensive course. Interest is high for the first area offering of the course via the SBA’s Lower Rio Grande Valley District. The SBA started the initiative nationwide in 2008. Yet, this is the first time businesses from Deep South Texas north to Corpus Christi can take advantage locally. “We…

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Census Jobs Available in RGV

census 2020

The U.S. Census is currently hiring for the 2020 census. Thousands of employees make it happen and some of those positions are local.  For consideration, applicants must reside in the McAllen local commuting area. “In 2020, the United States will conduct the once-a-decade census, a mandate in the U.S. Constitution,” said McAllen Mayor Jim Darling.  “That may feel like a long way off, but preparations have already begun, and the U.S.…

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New TWC Site Helpful for Employers

TexasLMI

The Texas Workforce Commission has a new website, TexasLMI.com, that makes accessing the agency’s statistics easier. The new site allows business and workers to monitor staffing trends and annual growth rate. Latest economic indicators for the state are also accessible. “Our new LMI website ensures the most up-to-date labor market data is readily available to employers throughout the state, and creates a simplified platform to find this information,” said TWC Chair and Commissioner Representing…

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McAllen Chamber Plans Trip to Oaxaca

Oaxaca

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce is planning a trip to Oaxaca, where a McAllen delegation, headed by Mayor Jim Darling, will meet with Oaxaca’s city and state officials to formalize a sister city relationship. Among the activities planned for this trip are meetings with businesses and producers from Oaxaca and touring some of Oaxaca’s surroundings and historical locations. The delegation will also be part of a Calenda Parade and enjoying…

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VITA Assists With Free Tax Returns

The VITA program will be at STC until March 8 to assist with tax returns.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is currently offering free income tax service at South Texas College. VITA works in cooperation with United Way of South Texas and the Internal Revenue Service. The program offers free tax assistance to people who make approximately $55,000 or less. The VITA office is open from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. until March 8 at the Pecan campus portable building #27B on the west side of…

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Luncheon To Address RGV Census

Edinburg of Commerce officials Hiren Govind, Mario Lizcano, Veronica Gonzalez and Ronnie Larralde promoting the RGV Census Forum.

The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce’s Feb. 7 Public Affairs Luncheon will host several county judges as they discuss the 2020 census. The RGV Census Forum will feature Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino Jr., Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez, Starr County Judge Eloy Vera and Willacy County Judge Aurelio “Keter” Guerra. The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States, as mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution. The…

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