Tag Archives: Hidalgo County

Hurricane Preparedness Fairs Begin

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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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Valley Economic Forecast Good

Salvador Contreras, director of UTRGV’s Center for Border Economic Studies, summarizes his findings in a 2019 economic forecast for the Rio Grande Valley. (VBR)

Deep South Texas is expected to see economic growth again this year, although the increases in activity may be a little smaller than the numbers for 2018, according to an economic forecast compiled by Salvador Contreras, director of the Center for Border Economic Studies at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. “Texas had a strong 2018,” Contreras said. “This year may not be as strong but we will have…

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Plans Finalizing for Air Ambulance Service

Leaders for Hidalgo County EMS/South Texas Air Med met on Jan. 31 to work to finalize a plan to provide helicopter air ambulance service to area hospitals. The announcement came shortly after Air Evac Lifeteam in McAllen immediately ceased operations. “We anticipate to launch a helicopter air ambulance service within the next 90 to 120 days,” said Kenny Ponce, President/CEO of Hidalgo County EMS/South Texas Air Med. “It’s something we…

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Luncheon To Address RGV Census

Edinburg of Commerce officials Hiren Govind, Mario Lizcano, Veronica Gonzalez and Ronnie Larralde promoting the RGV Census Forum.

The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce’s Feb. 7 Public Affairs Luncheon will host several county judges as they discuss the 2020 census. The RGV Census Forum will feature Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino Jr., Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez, Starr County Judge Eloy Vera and Willacy County Judge Aurelio “Keter” Guerra. The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States, as mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution. The…

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DA Focuses on Human Trafficking in Agriculture

Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr. announces the Buffett-McCain Institute Initiative to Combat Modern Slavery grant.

Hidalgo County will soon have a Human Trafficking Unit created by Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr. The unit will address forced labor in the agricultural sector, being the first of its kind in the United States. The unit is possible due to funding via a Buffett-McCain Institute Initiative to Combat Modern Slavery grant of $356,783. “In forced labor, workers are often tied to the employers who hold them hostage to the job…

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Local Small Businesses Receive $100,000

STED grant winners with Hidalgo County Commissioners Court members

Five businesses in small and rural communities in Hidalgo County are the recent recipients of funding to consequently spur prosperity in their respective communities. The funding comes from Hidalgo County’s first-ever Small Town Economic Development program with grants totaling $100,000. More than 40 businesses applied to the program with 21 chosen to participate. Businesses receiving $20,000 grants are Reybotics, Green Thumb Nursery, Cappadona Ranch, Ashley Nicole Boutique and Hernandez Barns. “This economic…

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Mesquite Delivers Flavor

Victoria Cappadona harvests mesquite beans from South Texas ranches to make Cappadona Ranch products. (Courtesy)

Looking out over drought-parched ranchlands in 2012, Victoria Cappadona noticed one native type of vegetation holding forth, keeping its green amidst the dryness. It was the mesquite, the indestructible and ubiquitous South Texas tree with its golden string of bean pods hanging down like ribbons. Cappadona, a McAllen native now living in the Linn-San Manuel ranch country of northern Hidalgo County, remarked to her father-in-law about the tenacity of the…

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Apply Now for SBA Recovery Loans

Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show flooding 2018

Beginning today, July 12, Hidalgo County businesses affected by recent severe storms and flooding may apply for SBA recovery loans in person in Weslaco. The center will offer one-on-one meetings to explain how the Small Business Administration can finance disaster recovery. Representatives will also clarify the loan application process as well as help business owners complete electronic applications. “Due to severe property damage and economic losses these storms inflicted on…

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Hurricane Preparedness Fairs This Week

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Emergency preparedness fairs assisting residents in planning for weather-related emergencies are on the schedule this week in Edinburg. Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia, who also serves as the county’s Emergency Management Director, said Dare to Prepare serves to provide tools to residents that will help them better prepare for disasters. “With hurricane season underway, it is important for residents to be informed and prepared before disaster strikes,” said Garcia. “Preparation…

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Hidalgo Grant Program Offers Up to $20K

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Small business owners in Hidalgo County may be eligible for the Hidalgo County Small Town Economic Development Grant Program, offering up to $20,000. The business must be within Hidalgo County either within a municipality with a population of 20,000 or less or an unincorporated area within the county. The grant intends to encourage entrepreneurship, create critical jobs and advance commerce. In addition, it also aims to promote tourism to boost…

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