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McAllen Ranks Lowest in Crime Ranking

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McAllen ranks sixth lowest in Texas regarding burglary and theft, according to researchers at Porch.com. The city also ranks seventh lowest in the United States for Small Cities. This news comes soon after a recent report by the Texas Department of Public Safety showing McAllen ranks second lowest in Texas for violent crimes. The survey analyzes crime data regarding burglary and theft over a four-year period across 258 cities in…

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McAllen Airport Now Offers Free SPI Shuttle

McAllen International Airport is now offering MFE Destination Connect. The free, luxury shuttle service brings MFE travelers to their next destination in South Padre Island. This new partnership between the airport and SPI creates new connectivity which allows travelers to experience both destinations while visiting. McAllen International Airport currently welcomes travelers from nine nonstop destinations throughout the U.S. and Mexico.  This pilot shuttle service program operates on Thursdays, Fridays and…

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McAllen Welcomes UTRGV Expanded Cancer Center

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The University of Texas Health Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine is expanding its healthcare offerings in South Texas with a new Cancer and Surgery Center at its McAllen Academic Medical Campus. McAllen officials are hoping to establish and develop the area around the campus as a medical center for the region. “I am so proud of the efforts being made by UT Health RGV School of Medicine to expand…

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MFE Receives $15.6-Million FAA Grant

The McAllen International Airport is the recipient of a $15,679,241 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. This grant comes from supplemental funding under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019. McAllen International Airport intends to use this federal funding to improve drainage and erosion control for the airport and its surrounding facilities. Funding will complete phase seven of eight to enclose open drainage canals that attract wildlife on the airfield to…

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McAllen Holiday Parade Returns

On July 27, McAllen Mayor Javier Villalobos helps announce the return of the live McAllen Holiday Parade. (photo City of McAllen)

The McAllen Holiday Parade will return to a live, in-person presentation this year on Dec. 4.  The parade will step off at 6 p.m. from the McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2001 N. Bicentennial Blvd., and will head out on the 1.5-mile parade route. Here, spectators can gather and enjoy the sights and sounds of the entire parade. “We invite the entire Rio Grande Valley to come to McAllen and enjoy…

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McAllen Park Play Stations Now Open

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Play stations at various McAllen city parks due to a phased reopening. While trails and open spaces at McAllen parks had been available to the community, the play stations had been closed to the public since mid-March 2020. Currently, 14 of the 86 parks are now available for play. “We are excited to be able to slowly reopen the parks’ play stations to the public, especially the children, who over…

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McAllen Residential Building Inspections Go Virtual

The City of McAllen’s Building Department is launching a program to conduct live remote video residential building inspections. The purpose of the Remote Video Inspections program is to provide an alternative to on-site locations. “As we try to navigate through these unprecedented times, the business of the city must go on,” said McAllen City Manager Roel “Roy” Rodriguez. “Homes are being constructed or renovated and we must make sure that…

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Partnership Provides Free Wi-Fi Hot Spots in McAllen

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The City of McAllen has recently made free Wi-Fi hot spots available throughout the city. The McAllen Independent School District made available equipment necessary for the connection points to provide the Wi-Fi spots. With public schools across the Rio Grande Valley going virtual through April, many families who do not have internet service in their homes are struggling to find a way to fulfill these assignments. “These are just some…

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McAllen Honors Women Trailblazers

Female City of McAllen employees in 2019 with a city proclamation marking Women's History Month.

The City of McAllen is adding to its Women’s History Month celebrations with a recognition of trailblazing women in the community. The focus in previous years was honoring women working in McAllen city government. This year, recognition expands to include female community leaders and their contributions. The women receiving honors this month are: Paula Gonzalez, athletic director, McAllen Independent School District. Alma Johnson, region bank president for Wells Fargo Bank/South…

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McAllen Entities Pair Up for Discount Airfare


The McAllen Economic Development Corporation and the McAllen Chamber of Commerce are partnering to offer a $250 roundtrip airfare from McAllen to Mexico City via Aeromar Airlines. “McAllen Economic Development Corporation is happy to support McAllen International Airport and our great partner, Aeromar Airlines with this promotional offer. We are committed to expanding business opportunities and partnerships that benefit our community,” said MEDC President and CEO, Keith Patridge. “This fare promotion…

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