Tag Archives: Edinburg

Experience Brings New Vision To Edinburg

UTRGV's main campus is in Edinburg as well as the main office of its regional medical school.

Ron Garza built a reputation as an administrator who could foster cooperation among Rio Grande Valley cities when seeking state funding and developing transportation systems.  He served for years as the executive director of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council. The job allowed him to work on projects with county judges, mayors and city managers across the Valley. Regional agreements are becoming more the norm in a historically divided…

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New Membership Director Joins Edinburg Chamber

Christina Barrera

Christina Barrera is the new director of membership for the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce. Barrera will work closely with leadership and staff to forward the mission of the chamber by expanding and serving more than 300 chamber members. “Christina’s passion to serve others and her understanding of marketing and sales made this a clear choice,” said Ronnie Larralde, executive director at the Edinburg Chamber. “We are excited to welcome her to…

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Edinburg Agent Perseveres Through Challenges

Priscilla Cavazos took her first job in the insurance industry at the age of 18, not imagining herself one day owning her own agency.

When 18-year-old Priscilla Cavazos walked through the doors of Fred Loya Insurance in 2003 to begin her new job, little did she know that 18 years later, she would walk into another insurance office every day.  This office is in Edinburg and bears her name – Priscilla Cavazos Insurance Agency. At the time, Cavazos also did not realize the role that first insurance job would play in shaping her future.…

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Turning A Hobby Into Sweet Elegance

In the social media-driven world where a hobby can turn into a business in a flash, Samantha Cervantes is proof how fast such a thing can happen. The mid-20s-year-old mother of two children was looking for a job last year to help her family’s finances. It was a tough go of it as the employment market contracted with the shutdowns and slowdowns. Cervantes also had the issue of childcare for…

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Edinburg Chamber Hosts Local Restaurant “Raids”

Edinburg Chamber Raid

The Edinburg Chamber Ambassadors will host “Chamber Raids” throughout the month at local restaurants, encouraging the community to support each business. According to a release from the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, “Chamber Raids are flash mobs, but instead of dancing and singing our community rallies together to make purchases at the participating locations.” “To ensure all our business members are being supported during these difficult times we have decided to…

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A Life Is Turned Around with VIDA

Maria Delgado

Each month, VBR shines a spotlight on a current participant or a graduate of Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement. VIDA’s mission is to simultaneously address the need for skilled works in the Valley while preparing unemployed and underemployed residents for high-skill, high-wage jobs. This month, the spotlight is on Maria Delgado. The story is written in her words just prior to her graduation in December 2020, which will provide…

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Edinburg Honors Man & Woman of the Year

Mario Lizcano and Linda Tovar, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce's Man & Women of the Year.

Mario Lizcano and Linda Tovar are the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce’s Man & Woman of the Year, respectively. The two receive the honors due to their positive impact on the Edinburg community. According to the chamber, both “demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment to civic engagement to benefit our community.” Mario Lizcano currently serves as DHR Health’s administrator of Corporate Affairs. He also serves as Edinburg Census Committee chairman, promoting efforts…

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Beekeeper Keeps Family Tradition Alive

Busy bees work at Lozar Apiaries in Edinburg.

Miguel Lozano holds a tiny wooden box with a mesh top and points to what’s crawling underneath it.  There’s a queen bee in there of European origin. It’s an important distinction, he said, because when she’s put in a hive, this queen will center a cluster of bees with Africanized roots, the ones dubbed “killer bees.” “She will calm the box,” Lozano said, looking out toward several hives in boxes…

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Edinburg Hosts Drive-Thru Holiday Wonderland

Holiday in the Park

Beginning Dec. 12, residents can experience Edinburg Municipal Park as a drive-thru wonderland. Thousands of twinkling lights will be on display at Holiday in the Park from 6-10 p.m. nightly through Jan. 2. The festive event is free to the public and includes approximately one mile of themed entertainment. The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, City of Edinburg and Edinburg EDC organized this year’s event. “Seeing our community leaders come together…

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Vietnamese`Fusion’ Gains Following & Awards

Khanh “Connie” Nguyen’s first impressions of the Rio Grande Valley in 2008 were of a place she didn’t plan to stay long. In the midst of the Great Recession, and buffeted by the upheaval of the banking industry where she worked in southern California, Nguyen’s mother advised she head to the Valley for a fresh start. Nguyen had family here and she decided it was worth a try. “Too hot,”…

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