Tag Archives: Brownsville

Despierta Brownsville: The Effects of the Real Estate Market on Brownsville

The Brownsville Chamber of Commerce invites the community to participate in “The Effects of the Real Estate Market on Brownsville” June 17 at Don Chucho Tacos y Tequilas. Guest speakers include: David Ramirez, chief executive officer, Brownsville/SPI Board of Realtors Nick Mitchell-Bennett, executive director, cdcb | Come Dream. Come Build. Bruno Zavaleta, broker and owner, Zavaleta Realty, LLC Moderator for the event is Benjamin Pena, partner at Burton McCumber &…

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Brownsville To Host Expo Featuring Job Openings

City and private sector employers gather to announce a jobs expo coming up in Brownsville on June 28.

The City of Brownsville and the Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation are teaming up to host what it is the largest in-person career expo in the Rio Grande Valley. Careers And Coffee takes place on June 28 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Brownsville Events Center. There will be no entry fee. At a June 10 press conference, GBIC and city officials, along with employers present, said more than…

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Amor y Pan Gains Recognition

Becoming an entrepreneur and starting a business during a pandemic has taught Karina Saldivar some valuable lessons while deepening her appreciation for local support of small businesses. The latter has been vital for the success of her business, Amor y Pan. The bakery and store promotes healthy living with products that appeal to fans of keto, vegan and paleo lifestyles. A look inside her stylish shop just off Expressway 77/83…

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Sunoco Expands Midstream Footprint 

Sunoco's greenfield terminal at the Port of Brownsville. (photo Port of Brownsville)

Sunoco LP, one of the largest independent fuel distributors in the United States, recently announced the development of a refined products terminal at the Port of Brownsville. The greenfield terminal will have 560,000 barrels of storage. The location will provide supply flexibility to the company’s existing fuel distribution business in South Texas. The site at the port will also facilitate Sunoco’s efforts to sell into the growing fuels export market…

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Overcoming Adversity for a Better VIDA

Eva Alvarado

When the staff at Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement think of Eva Alvarado, two words come to mind: perseverance and resilience. Alvarado is a divorced mother of three, two who are adults and now live on their own. Her youngest, a 14-year-old son, lives with her in Brownsville. Two years ago, her youngest was diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, dyslexia and autism. Alvarado quit working because he required all…

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Bahia Grande Tidal Channel Closes Until Fall

Based on study and recommendations from ecologists, the current 34-foot-wide half-mile Gayman channel will be widened to 250 feet and deepened to nine feet. This will increase tidal exchange by a factor of 13x and restore the ecosystem as a major fish, wildlife and waterfowl nursery and habitat.

The Carl “Joe” Gayman Channel connecting the Bahia Grande tidal basin and the Brownsville Ship Channel is closed to the public as of May 1. The pilot channel will reopen in November after undergoing major enhancements. The current 34-foot-wide half-mile Gayman channel will be widened to 250 feet. A deepening of to nine feet will also increase tidal exchange by a factor of 13 times. The end result will be…

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Triumph Launches Career Certification Program

(photo TPHS)

To propel and prepare students for the workforce, Triumph Public High Schools has launched a comprehensive program for its students. The new Career and Technology Education, Industry-Based Certification Program will lead students to career readiness while also preparing them for entering the workforce. The program is available to Triumph Public High School students in all markets it serves. This includes McAllen, Mercedes, San Benito and Brownsville, locally. This latest initiative…

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Pluton Brewing Growth With BCIC

Good times and hard work are had at Pluton Brewery. (Courtesy)

There are stories of rock bands and software engineers getting modest starts working out of their garages on their first steps to success.  It worked for Van Halen and Steve Jobs. In Brownsville, there’s a hometown brewery that got its start among friends in a westside neighborhood off the Military Highway. Pluton Brewery Company was named after a street by that name in the Galaxia neighborhood. This is where some…

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RGV Airports Roar Back With Flights, Facilities

The sleek new terminal at Brownsville/South Padre International Airport (Courtesy, Alan Hollander, Tequila Group)

Valley International Airport last spring resembled a high school campus in June. “Empty hallways” is how Jose Mulet, the airport’s director of air service and development described it in looking back to the start of what would be a difficult year for the U.S. aviation industry.  In McAllen, City Manager Roel Rodriguez said McAllen International Airport “went through the worst year it has ever seen, maybe, and will ever see,…

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Brownsville ISD Receives $2 Million-Plus from Musk Foundation

The Brownsville Independent School District is the recipient of $2,412,000 from the Musk Foundation. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently announced that he was going to be donating $20 million to Cameron County schools. “We are very grateful for the donation from the Musk Foundation,” said Brownsville ISD Superintendent Dr. René Gutiérrez. “We are currently working on a plan to expand several of our Career and Technical Education programs and academies.…

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