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Texas Cook’Em: High Steaks in Edinburg

Texas Cook’Em

The Edinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau and Edinburg Chamber of Commerce present the 14th annual Texas Cook’Em: High Steaks in Edinburg at HEB Park. Competitors will battle it out on the grill to cook the best chicken, ribs, brisket and rib-eye for money and a year’s worth of bragging rights. Texas Cook’Em is one of Texas’s biggest BBQ purse, awarding $30,000 to the winners. Last year, the competition drew 120…

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Dealing with Difficult People: Generational Differences in the Workplace

Difficult People

“Dealing with Difficult People: Generational Differences in the Workplace” covers modern workplace generations and their respective expectations. Topics of discussion also include communication styles, and strategies to implement in order to turn conflict into cooperation. Presenter is Deirdre Pattillo, a Senior Human Resource Professional with the UTSA Center for Government Contracting-Employer Services. There is $49 registration fee to attend. To register, visit utrgv.edu/sbdc/courses. The registration deadline is June 10. No…

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Leadership Edinburg Class Graduates

Leadership Edinburg Class XXX held its graduation celebration recently with friends, family, and staff at Bob’s Steak & Chophouse. The graduates join a group of more than 500 Edinburg citizens who have made their way through the Edinburg Chamber class to encourage a better Edinburg and help make a long-term impact. “Become servant leaders in your community,” said keynote speaker Ida Acuña-Garza to the graduates. “There are so many opportunities to…

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Connecting Rural Areas to the World

Jeff Shooshtari introduced wireless internet services to the Rio Grande Valley when he established Twin Communications. (Courtesy)

Jeff Shooshtari started with one antenna atop the Chase Bank tower in downtown McAllen. It was 1997 and the beginning of Twin Communications of McAllen/Edinburg. It was then the era of dial-up to the Internet. Moving large volumes of data online was the province of large companies. What is commonplace today was a rarity 20 years ago when Shooshtari, an engineer by training, began with microwave technology to launch wireless…

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“Grill” the Competition at Texas Cook’Em

Texas Cook’Em

Registration is now open to outdoor and grill cooks for the 14th annual Texas Cook’Em: High Steaks. On July 6, competitors can battle it out for a $30,000 purse and bragging rights of the grill. Categories include rib-eye steak, pork spare ribs, chicken and brisket. The Grand Champion will compete at the American Royal in Kansas City, Mo., in September. The Steak Champion also receives an invitation to compete at the SCA…

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Edinburg Public Affairs Luncheon

Guy Bailey

The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce will host a Public Affairs Luncheon featuring keynote speaker Guy Bailey. The UTRGV president will present a “State of the University Address.” Under Bailey’s leadership, UTRGV has had success in multiple areas. Student retention, research expenditures and philanthropic gifts to the institution have increased dramatically. In 2018, UTRGV was ranked the fourth-best university in Texas behind UT Austin, Rice and Texas A&M. Overall, UTRGV awards…

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Project HEAL2 Offers Nursing Fast Track

Project Heal2

The UTRGV School of Nursing recently welcomed eight students from the Project HEAL2 program. The students hail from the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District and are prospective UTRGV nursing students Project HEAL2 is a program from the Region One Education Service Center. The program provides high school students with an interest in a nursing career educational opportunities and experiences to kick start their career. Students who successfully complete the program can graduate with an associate…

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Pacheco Joins Edinburg Chamber

Zayda Pacheco

Zayda Pacheco the new director of membership for the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce. She will work closely with leadership and staff to forward the mission of the chamber while expanding and improving the membership program. “We’re excited to have Zayda on board,” said Ronnie Larralde, executive director of the Edinburg Chamber. “She is taking on a very important role for our business community .We are confident that her experience and…

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Hurricane Preparedness Fairs Begin


In an effort to prepare the community for hurricane season, emergency preparedness fairs are going on this week across Hidalgo County. The 10th annual Dare to Prepare fairs aim to assist residents in planning for weather-related emergencies. To better reach the public, some of the fairs are in the evening and at larger and more convenient locations. Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez, who also serves as the county’s emergency…

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Leadership Edinburg Paints Bright Reminder

Leadership Edinburg mural

As passersby on Closner Boulevard in Edinburg approach the City of Edinburg’s Recycling Center, something new may catch their eyes. A new mural, highlighting the city-wide efforts to recycle, now dons the side of the recycling building. The mural is now a part of the landscape thanks to the efforts of the Edinburg Chamber’s Leadership Class XXX end-of-year project. Submission for the mural came in from ECISD high schools via the Leadership…

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