Category Archives: Government

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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SBA Administrator Visits RGV

WycoTax owner Christopher Wycoco presented a bouquet of flowers to SBA Administrator Linda McMahon on her visit to Harlingen. (VBR)

Linda McMahon and her husband took a small regional business and built it into a multinational powerhouse brand known as WWE. For non-wrestling fans, that stands for World Wrestling Entertainment, a media and entertainment company primarily known for professional wrestling. Active in WWE from 1980 to 2009, serving as president and CEO, McMahon left the company to mount two unsuccessful runs for the U.S. Senate in her home state of…

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Meade is New Pharr City Manager

Alex Meade, third from left, at a recent Pharr City Commission meeting where he was named the new city manager.

At a recent city commission meeting, Pharr Mayor Pro-Tem Bobby Carillo introduced Alex Meade as Pharr’s new city manager. Meade recently served as the first CEO for Mission Economic Development Corporation, helping attract projects totaling more than $300 million. Meade also established the Center for Education and Economic Development (CEED) in Mission. “Alex Meade has a history of success of helping communities across South Texas expand their capacity for growth to…

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SBA Names New Regional Administrator

Justin Crossie

The U.S. Small Business Administration has appointed Justin Crossie as the regional administrator for SBA’s Region VI, which includes the Lower Rio Grande Valley District. Crossie now leads 10 district office directors, serving more than 3.8 million small businesses. Offices under his direction are in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Crossie will lead the delivery of SBA’s financial, entrepreneurial development, government contracting and international export initiatives. He will also head…

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