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McAllen: Que FRIO!

McAllen, the Official South Pole of Texas! Que FRIO!

Who says it doesn’t snow in McAllen? Actually, thanks to Peerless Production Group and the City of McAllen, expect to hear, “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow” now through Jan. 6. In fact, due to this sudden change in Valley precipitation, city leaders have dubbed McAllen “The Official South Pole of Texas.” It will be so cold in McAllen, they will be using the Spanish word, “FRIO!”  …

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McAllen Brings “South Pole” To Texas

Many City of McAllen departments work in addition to their regular duties in planning the spectacle that is the McAllen Holiday parade.

The initial vision of the McAllen Holiday Parade sounded rather modest to McAllen Mayor Jim Darling. Growing up in Rochester, NY, Darling dreamed of going to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. He never made it to the big parade in New York City, saying his parents couldn’t afford to make the trip. The City of McAllen decided six years ago that it would launch a Christmas parade. The mayor then…

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City of McAllen Hires Finance Director

Sergio Villasana Jr.

Sergio Villasana Jr. as the new director of finance for the City of McAllen. The Rio Grande Valley native has six years of experience in municipal work. His most recent service includes deputy finance director for the City of Harlingen. Villasana has a broad range of expertise in finance. This includes both serving as the assistant auditor for Cameron County and owning his own public accounting firm. “The City of…

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City of McAllen Receives 97 Marketing Awards

Quinta Mazatlán with some of its 21 Kaliff Marketing Awards for the festivals the famed nature-preserve hosts.

The City of McAllen was recently host to the Texas Festival and Events Association Annual Conference, bringing in festivals and events representatives from around the state. The highlight of the annual gathering is the Kaliff Marketing Awards. These recognize the best of the best among the various Texas festivals and events. The City of McAllen earned 97 awards for various events it hosts within their respective budget categories. A total…

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McAllen Communications Wins State Awards

The City of McAllen Office of Communications is the recipient of three TAMI Award of Excellence. The announcement came at the annual Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers conference held recently in Denton. TAMIO is a division of the Texas Municipal League. The three awards are for: Communications Planning for the 2018 Bond Election Best Media Relations for the 2017 McAllen Holiday Parade Best Use of Unplanned Social Media for…

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McAllen a Marketing Award Finalist

Fiesta de Palmas award vote

The Event and Arena Marketing Conference’s announcement of its finalists for this year’s awards ceremony includes the City of McAllen. The EAMC recognizes the most innovative and impactful work in the live entertainment industry. Of the top five categories, McAllen is one of three finalists for EAMC Marketing Campaign of the Year. The nomination is a result of successful marketing efforts for last year’s introduction of Fiesta De Palmas. To prepare for Fiesta…

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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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Women Speed Mentoring Session

women mentoring

As Women’s History Month gets ready to wind down, the City of McAllen hosts one more event, a speed mentoring session, to continue promoting its celebration theme, “Empowered Women Empower Women.” The event supports the professional development of female employees in the organization. The morning provides a platform for mentees to ask questions from female employees. Questions can range from practical advice to specific questions about careers and leadership in local government.

McAllen to Honor Legendary Businesswomen

Legendary Businesswomen 2018

Three successful McAllen businesswomen will receive honors Dec. 4 at the Legendary Businesswomen’s Luncheon. The event will celebrate Kay Jancik, Betty Garza and Sylvia Johnson, who will also discuss their journeys of success. Honorees Jancik, owner of Oh Kay’s gift shop; Garza, owner of Coldwell Banker La Mansion Real Estate; and Johnson, owner of Sylvia’s, will each be interviewed about their experiences as they developed their business careers. “This will be…

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The Current State of U.S./Mexico Relations

The future economics between the United States and Mexico will be very interesting. All eyes will be on future trade relations, especially after Dec. 1 due to incoming president Andres Manuel Lopez. With current rocky trade relations between the United States and China, Mexico has plenty to gain under the new NAFTA terms. On Nov. 9, Duncan Wood, director of the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, spoke at the McAllen Performing…

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