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Staff members with the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation

Featured: Staff members with the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation during October 2015 wore pink attire to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. From left are Diego Reyna, Research Analyst; Dalila Razo, Business Manager; Laura Vela, Administrative Assistant; Nelda Ramírez, Assistant Executive Director; and Agustín García, Jr., Executive Director.
Photograph Coordinated By DIEGO REYNA

Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer and second most common cause of cancer-related death among Texas women, the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court announced on Tuesday, October 6. But it’s also important to note that breast cancer doesn’t only affect women, according to the American Cancer Society, which adds that about one in 1,000 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in his lifetime. This month-long observance, held every October, is dedicated to educating the public about breast cancer, preventative measures, and the importance of early detection. As the month approaches its final days, the EEDC Board of Directors is scheduled to hold its regular public meeting, which will take place at Edinburg City Hall, located at 415 West University Drive, on Tuesday, October 27, beginning at 1 p.m. Among its agenda will be presentations by Santana Textiles, LLC, Annova LNG Gas, and the Edinburg School District. The session, which is open to the public, also will be broadcast live and videotaped on the Edinburg Cable Network, which is available on Time Warner Cable Channel 17, and accessible on the Internet through the Edinburg Cable Network. The EEDC, of which Agustín García, Jr. is Executive Director, is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg Mayor and Edinburg City Council. The EEDC Board of Directors is comprised of Mark Iglesias as President, Harvey Rodríguez as Vice President, Ellie M. Torres as Secretary/Treasurer, and Mayor Richard García and Richard Ruppert as Members. Richard García and Agustín García, Jr. are not related.

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Santana Textiles, Annova LNG Gas, and Edinburg School District to make presentations before the EEDC Board of Directors on Tuesday, October 27

By DAVID A. DÍAZ
Legislativemedia@aol.com

Almost two dozen items, including presentations by officials with Santana Textiles, LLC, Annova LNG Gas, and the Edinburg school district, are on the agenda for the Edinburg Economic Development Board of Directors when they meet beginning at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27, at Edinburg City Hall.

Edinburg City Hall is located at 415 West University Drive.

The session, which is open to the public, also will be broadcast live and videotaped on the Edinburg Cable Network, which is available on Time Warner Cable Channel 17, and accessible on the Internet through the Edinburg Cable Network.

The EEDC, of which Agustín García, Jr. is Executive Director, is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg Mayor and Edinburg City Council.

The EEDC Board of Directors is comprised of Mark Iglesias as President, Harvey Rodríguez as Vice President, Ellie M. Torres as Secretary/Treasurer, and Mayor Richard García and Richard Ruppert as Members.

Richard García and Agustín García, Jr. are not related.

The agenda, which was posted on Friday afternoon, October 23, 2015, at Edinburg City Hall and on the EEDC web site in accordance with Texas Open Meetings Act, follows:

• Presentation by Annova LNG Gas;
• Presentation by Santana Textiles, LLC;
• Presentation by the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District;
• Discuss and consider proposals submitted by banking institutions and authorizing the Executive Director to enter into a Depository Agreement for the Edinburg Economic Development Corporations’s bank deposits;
• Discuss and consider authorizing the Executive Director to enter into a Sponsorship Agreement for with RGV Basketball, LLC, for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers;
• Discuss and consider authorizing a sponsorship for the PAWS Center;
• Discuss and consider authorizing the Executive Director to execute an Advertising Agreement with the Texas Border Business publication;
• Discuss and consider authorizing the Executive Director to enter into an agreement with ERO Architects; and
• Discuss and consider authorizing the Executive Director to obtain proposals for a financial advisor.

In Executive Session, as allowed by state law, the following items are scheduled for review and possible action:

• Deliberate the offers of financial or other incentives to business prospects;
• Deliberate authorizing the Executive Director to enter into a Development Agreement with Qube Hotel Group;
• Deliberate approval of a Resolution and Real Estate Contract for the sale of property know as 1.648 acre tract out of a 6.48 acre tract of land out of Lots 43 and 44, Kelly-Pharr Subdivision, City of Edinburg, Hidalgo County, Texas;
• Deliberate authorizing the Executive Director to enter into an Interlocal Agreement with the City of Edinburg regarding Project Grid;
• Deliberate authorizing the Executive Director to enter into an agreement with Cantú Construction regarding Project Grid;
• Deliberate authorizing the Executive Director to enter into a Development Agreement with Project Forum;
• Deliberate authorizing the Executive Director to enter into a Development Agreement with Project Forum;
• Deliberate authorizing the Executive Director to enter into a Development Agreement with Project Chop;
• Deliberate the Development Agreement with RBY Trenton, LLC;
• Deliberate authorizing the Executive Director to enter into an Interlocal Agreement with the City of Edinburg and the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District regarding Project Wildcat;
• Deliberate recommending to the City Council the creation of a Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone for Project Square;
• Deliberate the offers of financial or other incentives to Project Domain; and
• Consultation with attorney.

After discussing items in Executive Session, the Board of Directors must announce, in the Open Session portion of the meeting, which of those Executive Session issues will continue moving forward, what action will take place, and do so with a formal vote on each decision reached.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Executive, or closed, sessions may be held by a governmental body in certain situations, according to the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas (FIOT). Executive sessions are permitted when a body is meeting with its attorney on litigation or a settlement offer; deliberating personnel matters; deliberating the purchase or lease of property; discussing certain financial contract negotiations; or discussing deployment of security devices. Several other exceptions to open meetings are also contained in the Texas Open Meetings Act.

INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT

An interlocal agreement in Texas is defined by Chapter 781, Title 7 of the Government Code, Sec. 791.001, which states the purpose of such measures is to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of local governments by authorizing them to contract, to the greatest possible extent, with one another and with agencies of the state.

TAX INCREMENT REINVESTMENT ZONE

Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones (TIRZs) are special zones created by a city or a county to attract new investment to an area. TIRZs help finance the cost of redevelopment and encourage development in an area that would otherwise not attract sufficient market development in a timely manner. Taxes attributable to new improvements (tax increments) are set-aside in a fund to finance public improvements within the boundaries of the zone.

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For more information on the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation and the City of Edinburg, please log on to http://edinburgedc.com or to http://www.facebook.com/edinburgedc

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