Category Archives: Government

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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TxDOT Chairman Discusses Regional Priorities

Local officials and business leaders from Hidalgo, Cameron, Starr and Willacy Counties meet with Texas Transportation Commission Chairman J. Bruce Bugg Jr. (photo RGV Partnership)

RGV counties’ infrastructure needs discussed Texas Transportation Commission Chairman J. Bruce Bugg Jr. recently visited the Rio Grande Valley to meet with local leaders and discuss key regional projects. Officials and business leaders from Hidalgo, Cameron, Starr and Willacy Counties had the opportunity to discuss ideas with Chairman Bugg on how to work together to improve and accelerate infrastructure projects across the region. With multiple meetings held in Hidalgo and Cameron counties, Chairman…

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STC Moving Forward on Law Enforcement Training

Francis Atwell, Office of Congressman Henry Cuellar; Wanda Garza, executive officer of External Relations at South Texas College; David Higgerson, director, Office of Field Operations, CBP; Mario Reyna, dean of Business, Technology and Public Safety at South Texas College; Eugene Crawford, assistant director (Mission Support), CBP; and Bradd Skinner, assistant director (Trade), CBP. (photo STC)

College invites local law enforcement leaders to advisory council South Texas College has begun a series of law enforcement stakeholder meetings with Hidalgo and Starr County mayors, city managers, police chiefs and Texas Department of Public Safety Commissioner Cynthia Leon as part of Phase II for its Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence. The phase includes the expansion and development of professional continuing education training for federal agencies within the…

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Brothers Credit SBA Programs with Growth

Federal programs and contracts pay off Brothers Samuel and Saul Maldonado founded SAM Engineering & Surveying Inc. in June 2008 with only three employees and yearly sales of $400,000. Today, the firm has grown to 55 employees with sales in excess of $4 million.  The brothers attribute part of their success with assistance provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Starting initially as an engineering and surveying firm, SAMES added…

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Operation Lone Star Provides Free Medical Care

A nursing program volunteer gives her time to help those in need at Operation Lone Star. (photo by Tech Sgt. Hatton, U.S. Air Force)

State program offers services July 24-28 Operation Lone Star returns to the Valley next week, bringing free health care services to five sites July 24-28. Available services include child immunizations, hearing and vision screenings, diabetes and blood pressure screenings, as well as sports physicals. In addition, the Rio Grande City site will provide preventive dental services for school-age children. Dental services and vision exams for prescription glasses for both adults and…

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Disaster Assistance … The SBA You Never Knew

What used to be a family home is now splintered debris after being beat by strong winds. An office building or retail store that serves as a source of sales and income for several workers is now unusable and unprofitable in the blink of an eye. Who do you call? Helping communities recover and rebuild after hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and other disasters is a side of the U.S. Small Business…

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McAllen City Manager Recognized

Roy Rodriguez

Rodriguez named City Manager of the Year McAllen City Manager Roel “Roy” Rodriguez is the City Administrator (City Manager) of the Year according to the Texas City Managers Association. The association recognized Rodriguez at its annual conference, highlighting his accomplishments since being named city manager in 2014. TCMA attributes the growth and success of McAllen to the vision set by Rodriguez for the city and its employees. “Quality, well-run cities…

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Alvarez confirmed state labor commissioner

Harlingen resident confirmed by Texas Senate The Texas Senate has recently confirmed Julian Alvarez III of Harlingen as the State Labor Commissioner on the Texas Workforce Commission. Gov. Greg Abbott reappointed him on March 7, with his appointment expiring Feb. 1, 2023. In his previous role as president and CEO of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership, Alvarez fostered local partnerships to stimulate both the region’s economic development and job growth.…

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