Tag Archives: Rio Grande Valley

Upcoming Summit Focuses on Local Entrepreneurs

A summit is on the horizon to aid local entrepreneurs in understanding the Rio Grande Valley ecosystem. On Feb. 28, the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, Texas Regional Bank, Texas A&M University and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas present the McAllen Entrepreneur Summit. The event focuses on helping entrepreneurs navigate forward with their projects with a ecosystem context understanding. Among topics of interest for “Growing Entrepreneurs and Creating Ecosystems in South Texas”…

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The Future of Downtowns

"The Future of Downtowns"

BuildRGV is focusing on the Rio Grande Valley’s downtowns and their economic prosperity with “The Future of Downtowns” Aug. 30 in downtown Weslaco. Held for downtown merchants, property owners, builders, developers, city planners and EDC staff, and county and downtown managers, the event provides innovative approaches to driving traffic to downtown. Attendees will learn not only how to bring more traffic to their downtowns, but also success stories of other vibrant…

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The Valley is Blessed

Valley population

Full disclosure upfront: I am an unabashed fan of the Rio Grande Valley and our neighboring communities on the southern bank of the Rio Grande. Even more disclosure: As the executive director serving the members of the Rio South Texas Economic Council, I get paid to be a cheerleader for our region. Yet those who’ve known me for a while can attest that my enthusiasm for our sunny corner of…

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RGV Farmers Increase Cotton Acreage

Rows of cotton wait to be processed at the RGV Gin Company at the Port of Harlingen.

A 52-percent increase in cotton acreage in the Rio Grande Valley this year has paid off for farmers. But, as is typical in the tough business of farming, some growers did better than others. “The crop has been harvested now,” Hidalgo County AgriLife Extension Agent Brad Cowen said. “Yields are kind of scattered this year. It was a really good year for some and not so good for others.” Valley…

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Creating High-Impact Entrepreneurs 

Last month, VBR published an article describing UTRGV’s efforts to create the next generation of high-impact entrepreneurs in the RGV. The piece ends by asking the question of whether or not competitors in this year’s Rafael Munguia UTRGV Business Plan Contest will “become the next great Texas startup.” This got us to thinking about the real impact of our business plan contest as well as other entrepreneurship program initiatives. We…

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Giving back: Rotary works to end polio  

End Polio Now funds vaccinations “A lot of people don’t know that we didn’t get rid of polio in America until 1979,” said Doyle Clark, accountant and Rotarian. Valley Rotary clubs are collaborating with each other and working with the global effort to entirely eradicate and end polio by 2020. In the 1950s, the Valley was hard hit by a deadly polio epidemic. Three children from one family died within a…

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Op-ed: SBA loves Rio Grande Valley Small Businesses

Local assistance for small businesses It is exciting when a new business opens in the Rio Grande Valley, and we LOVE it because it strengthens both the community and the economy. The latest U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy stats show small firm openings have accounted for 40 percent of the “new” American jobs over the last two decades. During the first quarter of fiscal 2017, SBA approved 31…

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RGV ADDY Awards Feb. 23

ADDYs honor local advertising and marketing The American Advertising Federation – Rio Grande Valley chapter hosts its 2017 Rio Grande Valley ADDY Awards Feb. 23, celebrating the creative genius of the Rio Grande Valley. The evening also honors supporters of the group’s media auction, as well as The Advertiser of the Year and Member of the Year. The ADDY Awards begin at 6:30 p.m, with cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres and…

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RGV Day hits Austin Feb. 8

RGV Day delegation accepting more participants Representatives from McAllen, Edinburg Brownsville, Weslaco, Pharr, Harlingen, Rio Grande City, UTRGV, South Texas College, Texas A&M, RSTEC and other businesses are finishing plans for RGV Day, the one-day legislative outreach trip to the capitol in Austin for Feb. 7. Additionally, they are inviting community leaders, businesses and organizations to join them. RGV Day provides residents, community and business leaders the opportunity to visit the state…

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