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Edinburg registers Valley’s lowest unemployment rate – 4.9 percent in February 2018 – an increase 0f 1,080 jobs compared with February 2017 figure

Featured, from left: Ofira Guerra, Zafira Castillo, and Carlos X. Guerra were among scholarship donors and recipients who gathered at the Edinburg Campus of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Thursday, March 29, 2018. Castillo was one of the recipients of the Rafael and Carmen Guerra Honors Program Fund. The 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 also has a major campus in the city.

Photograph By SILVER SALAS

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Edinburg’s retail economy in January 2018 registers 9.29 percent improvement over same month in 2017, according to Edinburg Economic Development Corporation

Featured: The Edinburg Rotary recently honored the top eight students from the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District’s Fine Arts Department during its luncheon meeting at the Echo Hotel in Edinburg. “It’s great that the Rotarians recognize our students from the visual arts, band, choir, orchestra, musical arts, mariachi and theater for their achievements,” Edinburg North High School Band Director Chad Dempsey said. The students’ recognition is part of the Edinburg Rotary’s Student of the Month Program, which highlights two senior students from each high school. “All of these students are going to be highly successful in music or any of the arts that they have done,” Dempsey said. “Their work ethic will carry them way past their high school years.” From left: Edinburg High School senior Keyla Contador; Edinburg High School senior Abraham Vergara; Edinburg North High School senior Maegan Carithers; Edinburg North High School senior Mathew Salinas; Economedes High School senior Alejandra Ibarra; Economedes High School senior César Tovar; Vela High School senior Grace Sexton; and Vela High School senior Miguel López. Miguel “Mike” Farías, Vice President, Board of Directors, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, also serves as a member of the ECISD Board of Trustees.

Photograph By MARK MONTEMAYOR

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Rep. Canales urges Gov. Abbott to call special session of the Legislature to save failing state health insurance program for retired teachers and retired public school employees

Featured: Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, prepares to read from “Fox in Socks”, which is part of the famous Dr. Seuss series of books for children, to students at Lyndon B. Johnson Elementary School in Edinburg on Friday, March 2, 2018. Canales, whose support for public education in the Texas Legislature is one of his highest priorities, is asking Gov. Greg Abbott to call a special session to help the more than a quarter-million retired Texans and their dependents struggling with higher monthly premiums and less coverage through the Teacher Retirement System’s TRS-Care.

Photograph By ALEX RÍOS

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Mayor Molina promoting regional partnerships as part of strategies to increase business and jobs growth in the city, announces Edinburg EDC

Featured, from left: Newly-elected McAllen District 1 City Commissioner Javier Villalobos, McAllen Mayor Jim Darling, and Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina, following the Monday, March 12, 2018 swearing-in ceremony for Villalobos, which took place in the City Commission Chamber at McAllen City Hall. Villalobos represents District 1, which includes northeast McAllen and borders Edinburg’s southwest region, which features Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health System and South Texas Hospital System.

Photograph By ROBERTO GONZÁLEZ

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Inner-city trolley bus service designed to increase prosperity for downtown restaurants and other businesses being reviewed by Valley Metro and Edinburg Economic Development Corporation

Featured: High school students race their balloon powered cars during “Introducing Girls to Engineering Day” as part of Engineering Week on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the Engineering Building at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg. The 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. 

Photograph By PAUL CHOUY

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Mayor Molina: “The EDC will continue to run with the utmost integrity and transparency” as its Board of Directors, with three new members, meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Featured: Texas General Land Commissioner George P. Bush, center in red plaid shirt, was a special guest of honor at Edinburg City Hall on Friday, March 2, 2018, where he was welcomed with a performance by the Edinburg North High School Mariachi Oro. Among the area leaders in attendance for the visit, where the discussions focused on potential parternships for the future and the Mayor and Edinburg City Council’s vision for moving forward, were, from left: Councilmember Gilbert Enríquez; Land Commissioner Bush; Mayor Richard Molina; and Councilmember Jorge Salinas. “We’re looking to have a lot more projects and a lot more daily contact with our representatives up in Austin,” Molina said. “It’s very special for Mr. Bush to be here in our city hall.” Bush endorsed the direction by the mayor and the city council members: “We want to be partners for the future of this great region.”

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City’s retail economy during Thanksgiving and Christmas 2017 showed combined improvement over 2016 holiday period, reports Edinburg EDC

Featured: Erika Stubberud, left, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Nursing student from Brownsville, and Alejandra Benítez, UTRGV Environmental Science student from Reynosa, Mexico, in front of the UTRGV sign as winter weather brought rare snow to the campus on Friday, December 8, 2017 in Edinburg. Edinburg’s retail economy during the November and December 2017 holiday season – which feature Thanksgiving and Christmas – showed an improvement of 0.51 percent over the same two months of the 2016 holiday season, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced. The 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.

Photograph By PAUL CHOUY

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Presentations by South Texas Health System, Texas Workforce Commission, Toyota Motor North America highlight weekend joint session of Edinburg Economic Development Corporation and Edinburg City Council

Three Alumni are honored by The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and granted The Distinguished Alumni Award on Thursday, March 1st, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. This award recognizes high-achieving Individuals who stand out in their field and have made significant contributions to society in one way or another. UTRGV Photo by Silver Salas

Featured: The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley honored three outstanding alumni with the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award during a ceremony on Thursday, March 1 at the McAllen Country Club. The award recognizes high-achieving alumni who have made significant contributions to society through their accomplishments, affiliations, careers and philanthropy. Shown at the event are, from left: UTRGV Founding President Guy Bailey, who presented the awards; recipient Gen. William F. Garrison of Hico, Texas, a retired major general of the U.S. Army and 1966 graduate of UTRGV legacy institution Pan American College; recipient Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa of McAllen, a 1970 graduate of Pan American College who has served Texas Senate District 20 since 2002; and recipient Welcome Wilson Sr. of Houston, a real estate developer and businessman and a 1946 graduate of UTRGV legacy institution Brownsville Junior College; and UTRGV Vice President for Institutional Advancement Kelly Scrivner, who opened the event. The 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.

Photograph By SILVER SALAS

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Memorial/Eisenhower Sports Complex, Edinburg Transit Facility, First Hartford Realty, and La Sienna sales tax reimbursement agreement among 20 agenda items to be reviewed by Edinburg EDC Board of Directors beginning at noon Tuesday, February 27, at Edinburg City Hall

Featured, from left: Isael Posadas, P.E., Secretary/Treasurer, Board of Directors, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation; Edinburg School Board Trustee Miguel “Mike” Farías, who also serves as Vice-President, Board of Directors, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation; Mayor Pro-Tem David Torres; Mayor Richard Molina; Plinio “Joey” Treviño, Executive Director, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation; Councilmember Jorge Salinas; Councilmember Gilbert Enríquez, who also serves as President, Board of Directors, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation; Julio César Carranza, Member, Board of Directors, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation; and Noé Sauceda, Ph.D., Member, Board of Directors, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation. This image was taken on Friday, February 16, 2018, following the announcement by city leaders that Treviño had been selected as the administrative leader of the Edinburg EDC, which is the jobs-creation arm of the Mayor and Edinburg City Council.

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With their new executive director, Plinio “Joey” Treviño, beginning his first week officially on the job, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, starting at noon on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, will take up a full agenda of key issues when they hold their regular monthly meeting at Edinburg City Hall. Familiar names and prospective new projects will be reviewed and acted upon by the five-member governing board of the Edinburg EDC, including: Memorial/Eisenhower Sports Complex; Edinburg Transit Facility; First Hartford Realty; La Sienna sales tax reimbursement; Ed Payne Motors; Inc; Innovation-Based Learning Institute; Greater McAllen Association of Realtors annual TR Leadership Update Mega Regional Meeting; Grindstone; Nu-Co Tool, Inc.; Oceangate; GRH Investments, LLC; 3-0 Ranch Edinburg/RGC Properties LLC; Fazil, LLC; and Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District Baseball Program for the All American Baseball Classic.

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$12.2 million building to be added to UTRGV School of Medicine campus in Edinburg by UT System Board of Regents, announce Rep. Terry Canales, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation


Featured, from left: Councilmember Jorge Salinas, Mayor Pro-Tem David Torres, John H. Krouse, Dean of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine and Vice President of Health Affairs at UTRGV, and Mayor Richard Molina, following Krouse’s keynote speech at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance, held on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, as part of the Public Affairs Luncheon organized by the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce.

Photograph By RONNIE LARRALDE

A plan to build a $12.2 million Classroom and Office Building for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s School of Medicine in Edinburg will be considered in Austin when the University of Texas System Board of Regents meets on Monday, February 26, 2018 and Tuesday, February 27, 2018, according to Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, and the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation. Once finished, with the substantial completion date projected for November 2019, the School of Medicine Classroom and Office Building will increase enrollment at the Edinburg campus from 100 to 200 students within one year of completion. The construction could begin as early as September 2018. “This facility is necessary to accommodate current and expected growth in the School of Medicine while maintaining the mission of the school as a catalyst for education in health care,” states the executive summary provided to the UT System Board of Regents by UT System leaders. “The building will house faculty and administrative offices, small group study spaces for the growing medical student population, flexible and general purpose classrooms, conference rooms, and support spaces.” The proposed project will be an extension of the existing $54 million, 88,260 gross-square-foot Medical Education Building, which opened in the summer of 2016, when the first class of future physicians began their advanced studies in Edinburg. The 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. Canales represents House District 40, of which UTRGV and its School of Medicine have major campuses in the heart of Edinburg.

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