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Facade initiative revitalize Downtown Mission

Mission Economic Development Corporation’s Downtown Facade Improvement Program

Dozens of dilapidated downtown buildings are now renovated thanks to the Mission Economic Development Corporation’s Downtown Facade Improvement Program. In partnership with locally-owned small businesses, Mission EDC has funded the refurbishment of more than 40 Conway Avenue storefronts in the past five years. Renovated storefronts include those of photo studios, barbershops, insurance agencies, boot stores and pastry shops. Still on a successful run, the program recently awarded its 41st matching grant to a small business…

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Mission Employment Reaches Record High

With the latest number released by the Texas Workforce Commission. Mission has reached a new milestone. Figures released for Feb. 2018 show the city has 34,433 people employed, thanks in part to the 900 jobs added to the local economy last year. This is the highest number of people in employment in Mission since TWC began keeping figures for cities in 2005. Mission’s 6.0 percent unemployment rate for February was a…

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A Mission to Promote New Business

Cultura Agency owner Art Alcantar is one of the entrepreneurs who launched a business with the help of the Mission EDC. (VBR)

Art Alcantar spent years away from his native Rio Grande Valley building a multimedia career that specializes in digital and social media marketing. In recent years, when he looked around the Valley for a facility to that could meet the needs of his technology-driven business, Alcantar found the ideal landing spot in Mission. The 55,000-square-foot Mission Economic Development Corp. facility has all of the high-end technological amenities that Alcantar’s business…

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Mission EDC joins Klosters Innovation Partners

KIP logo

Program director invited to present at prestigious forum Mission Economic Development Corporation is now a member of Klosters Innovation Partners. The organization focuses on creating an environment for leaders to discuss both the changes and opportunities offered to societies in the economic and geopolitical transformations of the 21st century. KIP is an invitation-only organization. Its members must have demonstrated a commitment to addressing socioeconomic challenges through innovative business models and…

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Civic Innovation Summit To Explore New Civic Ideas

Civic Innovation Summit speakers Alberto Altamirano, Natalie Campos, Lorenzo Gomez and Chelsea Collier

State and national disruptive idea leaders to participate Mission EDC hosts its Civic Innovation Summit Feb. 22, bringing together those interested in shaping the region’s future through both technology and exchanging ideas. With the expertise of social innovators and entrepreneurs, as well as educators and policymakers from across Texas and the country, attendees will learn from real-time solutions to the challenges affecting cities. Workshops, and panels and presentations will take place throughout the day…

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High School Girls Advance With Mission EDC Internship

The 2017-2018 CREW cohort (photo Mission EDC)

CREW creates career training for girls through year-long specialized internship program The Mission Economic Development Corporation has launched a new internship program to advance the careers of high school girls in Mission. The Career Readiness and Empowerment of Women is a multidisciplinary, year-long internship program which provides interns with the soft and technical skills needed to succeed in the entrepreneurship and STEAM fields. Skill include those in career lab, mentorship and social innovation,…

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Meade Sworn In as TSTC Board Regent

Mission EDC CEO Alex Meade, center, is sworn in to the Texas State Technical College System Board of Regents. (photo Mission EDC)

Mission EDC CEO to serve four years Alex Meade, CEO of the Mission Economic Development Corporation has recently been sworn into the Texas State Technical College System Board of Regents. In his role, Meade will help provide state-wide perspective and leadership to the 10-campus TSTC system. With headquarters in Waco, TSTC has its local campus in Harlingen. Mead will serve through 2021 on the nine-member board which meets quarterly, The board provides leadership…

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Forbes 30 Under 30 Includes RGV Native

Alberto Altamirano

Cityflag co-founder is also Mission EDC’s Expert-in-Residence Cityflag CEO Alberto Altamirano is part of Forbes 2018 30 Under 30 list. The Mission native was selected for the social entrepreneurs category. The list includes 600 winners, ranging from top entrepreneurs and innovators to philanthropists and game-changers. Altamirano is the first San Antonio tech startup leader to be chosen by Forbes. Altamirano’s accomplishment further solidifies Cityflag’s ongoing growth and momentum. He and Cityflag are serving…

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Local Cybersecurity Training Gets $500k Boost

TWC grant aids Mission EDC’s bootcamps The Mission Economic Development Corporation is the recent recipient of a Wagner Peyser grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. The $496,120 grant allows Mission EDC to continue their series of CompTIA cybersecurity bootcamps. Through this training, participants receive the CompTIA series of professional certifications that includes A+, Network+, and Security+ at graduation. “This bootcamp is focused on filling a need in professional certification of…

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Mission EDC Partnership Offers 3D Printing Courses

Jose Laguna and Ximena Alvarez from Foldio present their 3D printed products at an open house at the CEED Building. Foldio is working with Mission EDC to offer 3D printing courses to the public. (photo Mission EDC)

Applications for courses due Oct. 31 Mission EDC and Foldio, a Mission-based 3D printing solutions company, will offer 3D printing courses to Mission residents beginning Nov. 6. The five-week course will take place on Mondays from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. “As 3D printers become more affordable and more businesses begin to incorporate their use into their operations, we are faced with a population that doesn’t have access to the…

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