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For sixth consecutive month, city’s retail economy shows improvement over same period last year, with June 2018 figure up almost six percent over June 2017, reports Edinburg EDC

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.

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. 

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Bond election to pay for drainage and street improvements scheduled for action on Thursday, August 9, by the Mayor and Edinburg City Council

Bond election to pay for drainage and street improvements scheduled for action on Thursday, August 9, by the Mayor and Edinburg City Council

Featured: About 500 stargazers and space aficionados visited the H-E-B Planetarium on the Edinburg campus of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 to catch a glimpse of Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn – and the moon –  during a special community event hosted by the university. 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. 

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While supporting 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, Rep. Canales wants Texas to protect citizens from terrorists and criminals who are now able to use 3-D printers to secretly build “ghost” guns

While supporting 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, Rep. Canales wants Texas to protect citizens from terrorists and criminals who are now able to use 3-D printers to secretly build “ghost” guns

Featured: The Liberator is a physible, 3D-printable single shot handgun, the first such printable firearm design made widely available online. Physible means data object that is able, and feasible, to become a physical object using an additive manufacturing process such as with a 3D printer.

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More than $73 million in construction took place in the city from January through June 2018, including two new hotel projects, reports Edinburg EDC

More than  million in construction took place in the city from January through June 2018, including two new hotel projects, reports Edinburg EDC

Featured: Rep. Armando “Mando” Martínez, D-Weslaco (behind podium), leads the applause during the closing ceremony for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Railway Safety Camp held on Friday,  July 6, 2018 at the Performing Arts Complex at the UTRGV 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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Edinburg and McAllen register the lowest unemployment rates in the Valley – at 5.2 percent and 5.1 percent, respectively – during June 2018

Edinburg and McAllen register the lowest unemployment rates in the Valley – at 5.2 percent and 5.1 percent, respectively – during June 2018

Featured: Dr. Christopher Vitek (at left), University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Associate Professor of Biology, and Rep. R.D. “Bobby” Guerra, D-McAllen, spoke in mid-July in the Zika research lab on the Edinburg Campus, as Heather Hernández, a biology graduate student and lab manager, performed tests on pesticide effectiveness. Guerra and other guests toured the facility and got updates on important research UTRGV is conducting on Zika and other vector-borne diseases. 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 VICTORIA BRITO

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Greg Abbott, Lupe Valdez urged by Rep. Canales to declare health insurance funding for retired teachers an emergency item for Texas Legislature

Greg Abbott, Lupe Valdez urged by Rep. Canales to declare health insurance funding for retired teachers an emergency item for Texas Legislature

Featured, from left: Adriana Rendón, Vice President of Operations, Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV; Ashley Martínez, Director of Operations, Boys & Girls Club of Weslaco; Mary López, CEO, Boys and Girls Club of Weslaco; Dalinda González-Alcantar, CEO, Boys and Girls Club of McAllen; Alfredo Mata, Jr., CEO, Boys and Girls Club of Pharr; Fay Beard, Director of Development, Southwest Region, Boys and Girls Club of America; Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg; Precinct 2 County Commissioner Eduardo “Eddie” Cantú; and Jesse Vela, Member, Board of Trustees, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District. In 2017, Canales was coauthor of House Bill 13, which created a matching grant program to support community-based mental health programs to help out individuals experiencing mental illness in the region. area. On Thursday, July 19, 2018, these leaders joined the House District 40 lawmaker for the announcement that the Boys & Girls Club in Pharr had secured $1 million from this program to start services this year in Pharr, Edinburg, and Weslaco. “Mental health continues to be an important issue to me and I will continue working with our local judges and District Attorney to ensure we’re doing our part,” Canales said.

Photograph By ALEX RÍOS

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Edinburg EDC on Tuesday, July 24, set to review marketing/real estate consulting contract, proposed new logo, and transit center during board meeting to begin at 6 p.m. at City Hall

Edinburg EDC on Tuesday, July 24, set to review marketing/real estate consulting contract, proposed new logo, and transit center during board meeting to begin at 6 p.m. at City Hall

Dr. Robert Schweller, UTRGV Associate Professor in Computer Science, talks with Nami Akazawa, Computer Science student from Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at the Engineering building in Edinburg, Texas.
UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy

Featured: The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Department of Computer Science a $495,042 grant for a research project, “Unifying Self-Assembly through Tile Automata,” which introduces and explores the Tile Automata abstract model of self-assembly to better understand how to design systems of particles, such as molecules of DNA, to reliably self-assemble into complex structures based on simple rules and local interactions. Associate Professor Dr. Robert Schweller (shown here) and Assistant Professor Dr. Tim Wylie worked on the grant proposal and are part of the Algorithmic Self-Assembly Research Group (A.S.A.R.G.) at UTRGV. 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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Edinburg’s retail economy in May 2018 shows more than seven percent improvement over same month in 2017, Texas Comptroller announces

Edinburg’s retail economy in May 2018 shows more than seven percent improvement over same month in 2017, Texas Comptroller announces

Featured: The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine on Monday, July 9, 2018, welcomed its Class of 2022, whose members are going through a three-week orientation at the UTRGV Medical Education Building on the Edinburg campus. 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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U.S. Citrus Texas Legislative News Service, which will report on state leaders’ impact on agriculture, including $200 million citrus industry, launched by Mani Skaria, PhD, the Founder, President, and CEO of U.S. Citrus

U.S. Citrus Texas Legislative News Service, which will report on state leaders’ impact on agriculture, including 0 million citrus industry, launched by Mani Skaria, PhD, the Founder, President, and CEO of U.S. Citrus

Featured: Mani Skaria, PhD, the Founder, President, and CEO of U.S. Citrus, LLC, a 550-acre state-of-the-art facility located in Hargill with the potential to produce large quantities of high-quality, disease-free citrus trees of many different varieties for sale. 

Photograph Courtesy https://www.facebook.com/am.skaria

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Edinburg EDC Board of Directors schedule special meeting for Tuesday, July 10; updates to budget and employee classification and organization chart to highlight 6 p.m. public session at City Hall

Edinburg EDC Board of Directors schedule special meeting for Tuesday, July 10; updates to budget and employee classification and organization chart to highlight 6 p.m. public session at City Hall

Featured: The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation is looking for a new visual identity, and is inviting Edinburg residents, including Edinburg public school students, and higher education students who are Edinburg residents, to participate. Edinburg residents who can design a creative, innovative and professional logo are being invited by the Board of Directors of the Edinburg EDC to compete in the contest, which has a deadline of 5 p.m. (Central Standard Time) on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 for all entries to be submitted. The winner shall be awarded a $500 (five hundred) prize. The logo created must be submitted by the original owner of the copyright for the logo. Each contestant may submit up to three logos for consideration. The 2018 Logo Contest Entry Form is available online, and may be downloaded by contacting the Edinburg EDC at 956/383-7124 for instructions on where to obtain the entry form. 

Graphics Courtesy of THE CITY OF EDINBURG LIBRARY AND CULTURAL ARTS

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