Tag Archives: Weslaco

State of the RGV Construction and Real Estate Economy

Speaker Luis Torres, research economist at the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M

“State of the RGV Construction and Real Estate Economy” brings together local architects, engineers and construction companies as they discuss construction and investment trends. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch following at noon. Registration is $30 for RGV Partnership members, $45 non-members. Sponsorships are $300 and include four registrations and logo on marketing material. Registration is available online. For more information, contact Monica Sanchez at monica@rgvpartnership.com.

Boots are Made for Walking

Ryan Vaughan was recently promoted from general manager to president and chief executive officer of bootmaker Rios of Mercedes. (VBR)

From his catbird seat of an office, Ryan Vaughan oversees three brands of boots that are made and crafted by hand every week at Rios of Mercedes. The iconic Rio Grande Valley company traces its roots back to Zeferino Rios, the father of boot making in the region. The three companies operating under one extended roof today at Rios are continuing that legacy – and doing so under the leadership…

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Sun Fuels Industry Growth

A solar roof installation on a building detached from the residence helps power an entire home in Mission. (VBR)

The scorching South Texas sun holds virtually unlimited potential to generate electricity, and consumer demand for solar power is on the rise. And while at one time about seven solar companies operated in the Rio Grande Valley, today there is only a handful, and only one of those is locally owned and operated. American Made Solar and Wind Technologies, based in Weslaco, specializes in meeting the demand for both commercial…

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Emerging Leaders Launches in South Texas

Emerging Leaders

South Texas small businesses are now eligible for the SBA’s 2019 Emerging Leaders Initiative. The program provides “no cost” intensive entrepreneurship education as well as training to those who want to elevate their businesses to the next level. As an offering from the Lower Rio Grande Valley District Office, the course includes nearly 100 hours of classroom time. Participants also have opportunities to work with experienced coaches and mentors. Additionally, small business owners and…

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Free Little Libraries for Weslaco Businesses

Little Free Library

Weslaco ISD is expanding it Little Free Libraries to the business community after installing the libraries at every one of its schools. Weslaco ISD is an active participant in the Little Free Library program. The nonprofit organization inspires a love of reading while also building community and sparking creativity. Through Little Free Libraries, there is an exchange of millions of books each year. This thus increases access to books for…

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Valley Economic Forecast Good

Salvador Contreras, director of UTRGV’s Center for Border Economic Studies, summarizes his findings in a 2019 economic forecast for the Rio Grande Valley. (VBR)

Deep South Texas is expected to see economic growth again this year, although the increases in activity may be a little smaller than the numbers for 2018, according to an economic forecast compiled by Salvador Contreras, director of the Center for Border Economic Studies at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. “Texas had a strong 2018,” Contreras said. “This year may not be as strong but we will have…

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UT Health RGV Offers New Services

SportsMedicine

UT Health Rio Grande Valley is expanding its clinical services to offer orthopedic and sports medicine care. Dr. Michael Sander, a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who is board certified in orthopedic sports medicine, has joined the faculty at the UTRGV School of Medicine as both an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery and the division chief of Orthopedic Surgery. In addition, Sander’s practice is now operating as UT Health RGV…

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