Tag Archives: Texas

Kick Off the Year With a First Day Hike

Mother Neff State Park, one of Texas’ earliest state parks, is one of many open for a First Day Hike. (photo TPWD)

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is encouraging Texans to “start the new year in nature” with a First Day Hike at a Texas state park. Citizens can walk, bike or paddle their way into 2021 on a First Day Hike at 89 Texas state parks. First Day Hikes at Texas’ state parks aim to help visitors commit to their New Year’s resolutions to get healthy. Last year, 5,242 visitors…

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Texas-Colombia Business Trade & Investment Week

Learn about business, trade, investment and tourism opportunities between Colombia and Texas Nov. 9-13. DAY 1: TEXAS & COLOMBIA MARKET OVERVIEW Business environment, challenges and opportunities with sectoral emphasis and industries with major business opportunities. DAY 2: TECHNICAL SITE VISITS – TRADE Virtual tours to production, distribution and packaging centers of industries with business opportunities. DAY 3: INVESTMENT Investment ecosystem, large-scale projects in Colombia and Texas, benefits and opportunities. DAY…

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Brownsville & Beyond: Understanding the Economic Impact of COVID-19

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During the “Understanding the Economic Impact of COVID-19” webinar on June 4, participants talk with Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Glenn Hegar about: The impact of COVID-19 on the economy of Texas How Texas and the Rio Grande Valley can economically rebound from COVID-19 Participants may submit questions/comments in advance for Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Glenn Hegar online. For more information, contact the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce. Register in…

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Brownsville Native Gains UT Honor

Tony Garza

He was at the time a 20-something Brownsville lawyer seeking to become Cameron County’s district attorney. A turn of events in the fall of 1988, including the sudden death of the county judge, propelled Tony Garza into a different direction. Garza would shift over to running for county judge as a Republican. He appeared to be a longshot in a Democratic-leaning region.  What appeared to be improbable then became a…

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Texas Maintains Record Low Unemployment Rate

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In September, the Texas economy added 7,600 seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm positions. The unemployment rate held steady for the fourth month in a row at 3.4 percent. This matches the all-time record low first set in June. This record is currently the lowest the unemployment rate has been since series tracking began in 1976. “Texas’ fourth straight month of record-setting low unemployment rates highlights the competitive strength of Texas businesses,…

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The Time is Now for Valley Entrepreneurs

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The economy is booming, especially in Texas, and it is creating great opportunities for entrepreneurs. According to WalletHub’s most recent report on the best and worst states to start a business, Texas ranked number one overall. The Lone Star State beat other high-profile states such as Silicon Valley’s California (ranked eighth), Amazon’s Washington (ranked 12th) and New York (ranked 42nd). The results were determined using 26 relevant metrics that focus across…

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Preservation Awards Nominations Enter Final Days

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Only 10 days remain to nominate an individual or organization for their contributions to preserving Texas’ heritage. The Texas Historical Commission offers awards to recognize both worthy accomplishments and exemplary leadership in preserving Texas history. The deadline for submissions for the 2019 THC Preservation Awards is July 12. The THC is accepting nominations for the following historic preservation awards Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation John L. Nau III Award of Excellence…

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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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Edinburg to Host Governor’s Small Business Conference

Edinburg Conference Center

This year, the Governor’s Small Business Conference will come to South Texas via Edinburg. The conference combines and features private and public small business resources, practical solutions and best practices. It also features expert assistance on a broad range of both business topics and challenges. The Governor’s Small Business Conference – South Texas will take place March 29 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance.…

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Texas Unemployment Rate Hits Historic Low

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Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 3.7 percent in October, down from 3.8 percent in September 2018. This is the lowest level since the state unemployment data series began in January 1976. In addition, the Brownsville-Harlingen MSA fell to 5.2 percent, down .7 from September and .8 from October 2017. McAllen-Ediburg Mission also posted low numbers at 5.5 percent. This is down from 6.2 percent in September and 5.9 percent…

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