Featured: When then-Mayor Richard García in February 2015 hosted the groundbreaking for Bert Ogden Arena, he used a state economic development law, known as a Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ), to help fund the state-of-the-art indoor entertainment and sports complex. Three-and-a-half years later, a new mayor – Richard Molina – is singing the praises of the city-owned, $88.3 million Bert Ogden Arena, which launched its inaugural festivities, including an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sunday, August 26 and Monday, August 27, 2018, respectively.
Photograph Courtesy BERT OGDEN ARENA
Featured: Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, helped welcome Valley residents on Thursday, August 16, 2018 to the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Legislative Report Card Luncheon at the Cimarron Country Club in Mission.
Photograph By ISMAEL GARCÍA
Featured: South Texas College held its annual Superintendents Leadership Academy on Monday, August 14, 2018. The event was a roundtable-style meeting with STC administrators and Valley leaders from partnering school districts to prepare for the school year ahead.
Photograph By JOSÉ GÓMEZ
Featured: Annual school supply giveaways that will provide learning materials, ranging from pens and pencils to paper erasers and notebooks, will take place on Friday, August 17, 2018 for students served by the Edinburg Housing Authority, and on Saturday, August 18, 2018, for students who live in Elsa, Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg has announced. Featured, from left, are: J.J. Rodríguez, CEO and Counselor at A Vision for You Help Center; Rodolfo “Rudy” Ramírez, Executive Director, Edinburg Housing Authority; and Alex Ríos, District Director for Canales.
Photograph Courtesy EDINBURG HOUSING AUTHORITY
Featured: Researchers in the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Department of Health and Biomedical Sciences are working to develop a next generation of anti-HIV drugs that are more effective and have fewer side effects. Human immunodeficiency virus 1 (HIV-1) remains one of the leading causes of death globally. To further support studies into HIV-1, the National Institutes of Health awarded UTRGV a grant for the project, called “Nanodiamond Based Anti-HIV Drug Delivery Targeted Towards the Brain,” The grant is for $432,729 starting July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2021. The principal investigator is Dr. Upal Roy, Assistant Professor at the UTRGV Department of Health and Biomedical Science. From left are some of the students majoring in Biomedical Science who will be working on the research – Jonathan Abshier, Roberto DeLa Garza, Dr. Upal Roy, Jesus Hernandez and Hari Das. he Edinburg Mayor and Edinburg City Council, along with the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation and its Board of Directors, lobby the Texas Legislature and the UT System Board of Regents on matters that benefit and protect UTRGV and its School of Medicine, which have major campuses in the city.