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Featured, from left: Brent Byler, Director of State Governmental Affairs in Texas for LeFleur Transportation in Austin; Letty González, President, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, holding the title of a van donated to the local chamber by LeFleur Transportation; and Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, at LeFleur Transportation’s Valley headquarters in Edinburg.
Photograph By RONNIE LARRALDE

A 12-passenger van has been donated to the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce by LeFleur Transportation, a national transportation service with a major presence in Edinburg, in order to allow the local chamber to better serve and promote the city’s many assets to visitors and residents, Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, has announced. The Wednesday, July 29 ceremony took place at the firm’s site in Edinburg, located at 1920 Industrial Drive, near the intersection of the northbound U.S. Expressway 281 frontage road and East Iowa Road, in the Renaissance Industrial Park. “This is the second consecutive year that LeFleur Transportation has made such a generous gift to our community,” said Canales, who participated in the donation with company and chamber of commerce leaders. “In 2014, LeFleur Transportation donated two vans to the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library. On behalf of my constituents, I wish to express my tremendous gratitude to LeFleur Transportation.” LeFleur Transportation (https://www.lefleur.net/Default.aspx) specializes in providing non-emergency passenger transportation services. The company has been in business for nearly 20 years and has served the people of South Texas for more than a decade, providing safe, reliable transportation services for both public and private sector users. Letty González, President of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, praised the donation of the vehicle, which is a Ford E350 Econoline. “This van will help us to advance our mission of expanding business opportunities in the Edinburg area by giving us the means to share our exciting city with residents and visitors alike,” said González. “Currently, we often have to rent or borrow vans to provide tours for children to the renowned World Bird Center or the Scenic Wetlands, both located in Edinburg. The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce also conducts tours for Winter Texans who spend their winters in Edinburg, and according to research conducted by the University of Texas-Pan American, contributed $710 million into the Rio Grande Valley economy in 2014.” Brent Byler, Director of State Governmental Affairs in Texas for LeFleur Transportation in Austin, shared the sentiments of his colleagues in Edinburg and throughout the firm, which has locations throughout Texas and beyond. “We are proud to serve the citizens of Edinburg and the clients we serve. Giving back is a special part of our culture and we thank Representative Canales and the Edinburg Chamber in allowing us to give,” Byler said. “On behalf of the owner of LeFleur and our 250 Edinburg employees, we are proud we can contribute to economic development and plan on supporting in the ongoing future.”

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LeFleur Transportation donates 12-passenger van to Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, announces Rep. Terry Canales

By DAVID A. DÍAZ
Legislativemedia@aol.com

A 12-passenger van has been donated to the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce by LeFleur Transportation, a national transportation service with a major presence in Edinburg, in order to allow the local chamber to better serve and promote the city’s many assets to visitors and residents, Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, has announced.

The Wednesday, July 29 ceremony took place at the firm’s site in Edinburg, located at 1920 Industrial Drive, near the intersection of the northbound U.S. Expressway 281 frontage road and East Iowa Road, in the Renaissance Industrial Park.

“This is the second consecutive year that LeFleur Transportation has made such a generous gift to our community,” said Canales, who participated in the donation with company and chamber of commerce leaders. “In 2014, LeFleur Transportation donated two vans to the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library. On behalf of my constituents, I wish to express my tremendous gratitude to LeFleur Transportation.”

LeFleur Transportation (https://www.lefleur.net/Default.aspx) specializes in providing non-emergency passenger transportation services. The company has been in business for nearly 20 years and has served the people of South Texas for more than a decade, providing safe, reliable transportation services for both public and private sector users.

Letty González, President of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, praised the donation of the vehicle, which is a Ford E35o Econoline.

“This van will help us to advance our mission of expanding business opportunities in the Edinburg area by giving us the means to share our exciting city with residents and visitors alike,” said González. “Currently, we often have to rent or borrow vans to provide tours for children to the renowned Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center. The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce also conducts tours for Winter Texans who spend their winters in Edinburg, and according to research conducted by the University of Texas-Pan American, contributed $710 million into the Rio Grande Valley economy in 2014.”

Brent Byler, Director of State Governmental Affairs in Texas for LeFleur Transportation in Austin, shared the sentiments of his colleagues in Edinburg and throughout the firm, which has locations throughout Texas and beyond.

“We are proud to serve the citizens of Edinburg and the clients we serve. Giving back is a special part of our culture and we thank Representative Canales and the Edinburg Chamber in allowing us to give,” Byler said. “On behalf of the owner of LeFleur and our 250 Edinburg employees, we are proud we can contribute to economic development and plan on supporting in the ongoing future.”

Canales, González and Byler were joined at the ceremony by other business and community leaders, including: Jacqui De los Santos, Manager of Communications for LeFleur Transportation in Edinburg; Ubence Escobar, Operations Manager at LeFleur Transportation in Edinburg; René Flores of Esparza Pest Control, an Ambassador for the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce; Ronnie Larralde, Director of Marketing and Special Events for the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce; Agustín “Augie” Lozano, Jr. of Bert Ogden Motors, Buick, GMC, an Ambassador for the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce; Marty Martin, Broker/Owner, Rio Valley Realty, and Chair-Elect of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce; Cynthia Rasco, Associate Director at LeFleur Transportation in Edinburg; Alex Ríos, District Director for Rep. Terry Canales and Owner of Kids’ Kollege Learning Center, who also serves as Vice-Chair of Leadership, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce; Martín Rivas, Director of Membership for the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce; and Imelda Rodríguez, Director of Tourism for the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce

Canales, elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012, represents House District 40, which includes most of Edinburg. During his second legislative session in the Texas Legislature, Canales focused on education, healthcare and economic development in Hidalgo County.

“I am a proud member of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce and proudly support their mission to improve the lives of the people in Edinburg,” said the House District 40 lawmaker. “I am glad that through my work in the area, I was able to connect our local chamber with the means to expand their important work.”

Leticia S. Leija, Director of the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library, recalled how a previous donation of two vans by LeFleur Transportation had a deep and positive impact on thousands of Edinburg’s residents.

“In March 2014, two vans were donated to our city library by LeFleur Transportation for use by Edinburg Arts, which is the art division of the Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library,” she recalled. “At that time, the Edinburg Parks and Recreation Department was in desperate need for a van to transport both staff and students, and in particular, the Edinburg Parks and Recreation dance team.”

Profoundly grateful for the generosity demonstrated by LeFleur Transportation, Leija said it was only right that the city library do the same with its unexpected blessings.

“In that same spirit, when we saw the need in the Parks and Recreation Department. We at the library felt compelled to ‘pay it forward’ (respond to a person’s kindness to oneself by being kind to someone else) and share in our good fortune,” she reflected. “We knew that in the end, by giving them one of the donated vans, it would be used for the benefit of more children in our community, plus it would still be used to promote the arts through the Edinburg Folklorico Dance Team.”

Leija added that the community continue to be very appreciative to LeFleur Transportation for its donations, and for the role played by Canales in helping make the vehicle donations possible.

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Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, represents House District 40 in Hidalgo County. HD 4o includes portions or all of Edinburg, Elsa, Faysville, La Blanca, Linn, Lópezville, McAllen, Pharr, San Carlos and Weslaco. He may be reached at his House District Office in Edinburg at (956) 383-0860 or at the Capitol at (512) 463-0426.

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