Tag Archives: Rio Grande Valley Partnership

Pandemic Jolts Valley Life With Changes

The month of March started like any other with businesses to run, bills to pay and jobs to fill. There was also a general awareness of a growing threat. The COVID-19, known as the coronavirus, was making its way across the oceans to the United States.  In fact, it had already arrived. By mid-March, the threat was very real. Coronavirus outbreaks hit both coasts of the United States. Texas would…

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Census Official Urges Accurate Valley Count in 2020

Bishop Daniel Flores addresses the audience at a Census 2020 Forum.

The 2020 U.S. Census will go out to a nation that’s more technologically wired than ever. Census Bureau officials expect the nation’s official population count to be the first of its kind. A solid majority of respondents will do so online. “The fact we’ve moved beyond paper only makes us more relevant to the American people,” said Timothy Olson, the associate director of field operations for the U.S. Census Bureau. …

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RGV First Advocates Going Local

The negotiations that led to the creation of a single Rio Grande Valley metropolitan planning organization meant more than being a positive sign of regional goodwill. It also spurred the Texas Department of Transportation to announce it would spend $1.1 billion over the next decade. The money is solely for highway and mobility projects in the Valley. The state agency believed the merger of three Valley MPOs into a single…

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Regional Unification Expects Greatness

RGV MPO

The decades of political sparring among Rio Grande Valley cities in competing for federal and state funds – and recognition – has long been a source of anguish as to why local leaders could not put aside individual wishes for the greater good. “We’re a unique area in that we don’t have one city that overwhelms all the others in the region,” said Ron Garza, the executive director of the…

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Excellence in the Making

First-place winners Ulises Guerrero and Anel Cuarenta of Sharyland High School

They came. They competed. They won. Regional high school student teams recently participated in the BBVA inaugural Young Entrepreneur of the RGV Challenge, culminating in an awards ceremony April 30. There was a selection and awarding of competition winners, but all 19 groups are in a league of their own. Working together on a business plan and other crucial elements, presenting before a distinguished, local team of successful business leaders and…

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Powering Texas Promotes Sustainable Electricity

Wind farm construction in the Raymondville area is part of what has driven sales tax revenue percentage increases. (VBR)

Powering Texas. a coalition to promote sustainable electricity generation throughout Texas, recently launched, focusing on educating Texans on wind energy. According to a press release from the organization, Texas is the number one energy consumer in the country. In 2017, wind energy supplied nearly 15 percent of all Texas electricity as well as 1/4 of the national total. Additionally, if a country, Texas would rank eighth in the world in total…

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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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Leadership: Sergio Contreras

Sergio Contreras

Editor’s Note: Leadership can mean different things to different people. The Valley Business Report turned to experienced business leaders in the Rio Grande Valley to learn more about their views on leadership in their own words. Through a question-and-answer format, Leadership Matters presents comments on leadership from Valley CEOs and other business leaders. Sergio Contreras is president and CEO of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership. The RGVP is the primary…

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