Featured: U.S. Customs and Border Protection professionals, such as the ones shown in this photograph, will be among the representatives of more than two dozen employers scheduled to participate in the Thursday, January 25, 2018 Job Fair at the Michael Dustin Sekula Memorial Library in Edinburg. The event, to be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., is free and open to the public. Also at no charge to area residents, at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library, which is located at 1906 South Closner Boulevard, there will be a Résumé Writing Workshop on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and a Job Interview Workshop on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The work shops and the job fair are being organized by the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, the City of Edinburg, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and Workforce Solutions. The Edinburg EDC is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg Mayor and Edinburg City Council.
Photograph Courtesy Michael Dustin Sekula Memorial Library
Hosting job fairs and other important events are part of the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation’s efforts to help promote economic development and provide quality-of-life programs. “We are here to to empower our community, and one of the ways to do that is by offering and hosting job fairs during the year, as well as to have a data base of job vacancies available at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library, and helping people learn how to prepare résumés and perform well in job interviews, at no cost to the public,” said Nelda Ramírez, Assistant Executive Director for the Edinburg EDC. Jennifer Cabrera, who leads the Edinburg EDC’s marketing efforts, said any business owner who wishes to participate in the job fair may still contact the Edinburg EDC at 956/383-7124 for updated information. Each employer will be assigned one table and two chairs to greet employee candidates. There is no charge to the employer to participate in the job fair. “The Edinburg EDC job fairs are designed to make it easier and more convenient for employers and prospective employees to get together,” said Cabrera. “They are for every kind of person, from people who want to get a job for the first time, to individuals who are already employed, but are looking for a better job or a different career.” The Edinburg EDC Board of Directors is comprised of Edinburg City Councilmember Gilbert Enríquez as President, Edinburg School Board Trustee Miguel “Mike” Farías as Vice-President, Isael Posadas, P.E., as Secretary/Treasurer, and Julio César Carranza and Noé Sauceda, Ph.D. as Members.
Featured, from left: Elva Jackson Garza, Member, Board of Directors, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce; Mayor Richard Molina; Julio César Carranza, Member, Board of Directors, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation; Alex Ríos, Chairman, Board of Directors, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce; and Jacob De León, Immediate Past Chairman, Board of Directors, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce. These city leaders were participating in a grand opening of a local business during Fall 2017.
Photograph By RONNIE LARRALDE
Edinburg’s retail economy in November 2017 showed one of the best improvements among the Valley’s largest cities, generating more than $1.6 million in local sales taxes for that month, an increase of 8.49 percent over November 2016, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced. The amount of local sales taxes collected helps reflect the strength of an economy, along with construction activities, per capita income, education, historical performances, and related trends. The local sales tax is also used in Edinburg to help pay for many city services, while the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation uses its one-half cent local sales tax to help generate economic development in the city. For November 2017, Edinburg’s retail economy produced $1,652,449,46 in local sales taxes, compared with $1,523,109.54 in November 2016, representing an increase of 8.49 percent. In terms of local sales tax revenue for November 2017, McAllen led all major Valley cities with $5,010,846.63, while Brownsville was second ($3,051,584.55), Harlingen was third ($1,922,065.33), and Edinburg was fourth ($1,652,449,46). The sales tax, formally known as the State Sales and Use Tax, is imposed on all retail sales, leases and rentals of most goods, as well as taxable services. Texas cities, counties, transit authorities and special purpose districts have the option of imposing an additional local sales tax for a combined total of state and local taxes of 8 1/4% (.0825). he Edinburg EDC is the jobs-creation arm of Mayor Richard Molina, Mayor Pro-Tem David Torres, Councilmember Homer Jasso, Jr., Councilmember Gilbert Enríquez, and Councilmember Jorge Salinas. The Edinburg EDC Board of Directors is comprised of City Councilmember Gilbert Enríquez as President, Edinburg School Board Trustee Miguel “Mike” Farías as Vice-President, Isael Posadas, P.E., as Secretary/Treasurer, and Julio César Carranza and Noé Sauceda, Ph.D. as Members.
William G. McKinsey, CJIS Biometric Services Section Chief for the FBI, featured right, presents the Biometric Identification Award to, from left, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McGraw, Assistant Director Mike Lesko, Latent Automated Fingerprint Identification System Section Supervisor Jenny Hall, and Latent Prints Section Supervisor Meghan L. Blackburn on July 14, 2017 in Austin. Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, on Monday, January 8, 2018, called on McGraw to work with state lawmakers in order to prevent the planned firing by the Texas Public Safety Commission of 117 commissioned DPS officers in a budget-cutting move. “These 117 officers, who are now slated for downsizings, were all hired as part of the Retire/Rehire Program, which encouraged retired officers to re-enter the Department to help fill the shortage of commissioned officers,” Canales said. “These troopers are some of the most experienced and knowledgeable in Texas, in addition to the fact that they showed an incredible selflessness by coming back to law enforcement when their state needed them. Yet, it now seems that the Department might be forsaking their battle-tested veterans by picking youth over experience.”
Photograph Courtesy FBI