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UTPA named a military friendly school

The University of Texas-Pan American has recently been named a 2012 Military Friendly School by the monthly periodical G.I. Jobs magazine. Annually, G.I. Jobs compiles a list of higher education institutions that have programs and other services available to help service members transition into college and graduate. Schools making up the list are among the top 20 percent of approximately 8,000 higher education institutions that are the most friendly to…

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Hobo Hap'nin' Sept. 17

The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce will host its depot restoration fundraiser, Hobo Hap’nin’, at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at 602 West University Drive. Scheduled for the evening is live music by River Rock Band, as well as food, drinks and a silent auction. This is the chamber’s fourth Hobo Hap’nin’ fundraiser, which to date has raised more than $1 million for refurbishment and restoration of the train depot. The Edinburg…

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Employees complete STC's leadership training program

South Texas College’s Institute for Advanced Manufacturing recently awarded certificates of completion to several key employees and supervisors of Kelly Services and Panasonic for successfully completing the Leadership Level 1 Training Program. The students hail from all departments in Panasonic and are employed through the temp agency Kelly Services. Each was individually selected to attend the program to develop employee morale and increase productivity. “The course curriculum was tailored for…

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Public and local chambers challenged for Hunger Action Month

First Choice Power is participating in Hunger Action Month with its Food First program and an invitation to the public to participate through intra-chamber food drive competitions in Mission, McAllen and Edinburg. First Choice Power will track canned food donations made at the three chambers from Sept. 1-30, with the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley posting an update on its Web site Sept. 16. The chamber which collects…

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Weslaco Chamber urges residents to help save research center

The Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce is making a plea to residents to help a coalition of stakeholders in the fight to keep the Weslaco-based Kika de la Garza Subtropical Agricultural Research Center open. The lab, operated by the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, is on a list of possible budget cuts. Stakeholders are working to get the Senate to change the language in the House passed appropriation bill that would…

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Mercado comes to Brownsville

The Majestic Mall in downtown Brownsville is now home to Mercado Juarez-Brownsville, offering the same merchandise and prices as the Mercado in Matamoras. The first 13 vendors moved in Aug. 20 with more vendors expected to move in in the next 30 days, followed by another group by Oct. 15. The concept began more than four months ago when vendors approached and gained approval from the Majestic Mall management and…

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Join VBR in a celebration Sept. 8

Valley Business Report celebrates two years of publishing and the opening of our new office in downtown Harlingen at 105A East Jackson (corner of 1st and E. Jackson) on Sept. 8. The event kicks off at 5 p.m. and includes an official ribbon cutting at 5:30 and networking mixer following. New York Deli sandwiches and refreshments will be served. RSVP to

One Recipe for Building a Destination

Little by little, Scott Friedman has created a mini-vacation destination in Port Isabel that includes Texas’s longest fishing pier and the state’s only pirate ship. Without fanfare over 20 years, Friedman transformed a tiny restaurant and some weedy Laguna Madre frontage into the Pirate’s Landing complex. Investing his profits, he acquired buildings one by one on the square around the Port Isabel Lighthouse Historic Site and Lighthouse Keeper’s cottage. The…

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Weslaco Jazzes Up City Development

Weslaco Economic Development Corporation has an ambitious goal of reinventing Weslaco’s downtown in the next 24 months. Getting 100 percent occupancy of the store fronts on Texas Boulevard is the cornerstone of the reinvention plan developed by Hernan Gonzales, EDC executive director. Downtown Weslaco has experienced spurts of revitalization in its central business district in the past. In 1998, Larry and Patti Dittburner resuscitated the Hotel Cortez, a historic landmark.…

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TRP selects Harlingen for “green” manufacturing facility

Tire Recycling & Processing, LLC, plans to establish a center to process used tires into granules, carbon black and bio fuels in Harlingen, creating 30 new jobs. The company purchased a 42,777 square foot facility in the Harlingen Industrial Park and will install $3.8 million in new equipment. The Harlingen City Commission approved a resolution nominating TRP as an Enterprise Project. If approved by the state, the project would qualify…

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