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For third consecutive month, Edinburg registers Valley’s lowest unemployment rate – 4.6 percent in April 2018 – an increase of 845 jobs compared with April 2017 figure

For third consecutive month, Edinburg registers Valley’s lowest unemployment rate – 4.6 percent in April 2018 – an increase of 845 jobs compared with April 2017 figure

Featured: Dr. William F. Strong, Communications Professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and creator of the radio program “Stories from Texas,” is currently adapting “Stories” into a book. The audiobook is currently in production, and the radio show continues to air on 88FM (the Rio Grande Valley’s National Public Radio affiliate), as well as on other NPR and cable stations. 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 DAVID PIKE

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Construction activities in city total more than $43.5 million for first third of 2018, reports Edinburg Economic Development Corporation

Construction activities in city total more than .5 million for first third of 2018, reports Edinburg Economic Development Corporation

Featured: Sixteen University of Texas Rio Grande Valley students have been awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships this year that will take them around the world for Study Abroad courses this summer. The students are from across the Valley. Countries in this year’s studies abroad include Ireland, Brazil, Germany, China, Spain, Japan, South Korea, Italy, Peru and the United Kingdom. Shown are UTRGV Gilman recipients, professors and program administrators. From left, front row: Dr. Yanina Hernández, Lecturer, Writing & Language Studies; Lizette Leal, Specialist, International Programs & Partnerships; Raisa Ramírez; Alexandra Torres; Dr. Ping Xu, Assistant Professor of Art; Dr. Robert Gilbert, Associate Professor of art; Emily Rivas; Stephanie Torres; Myrine Barreiro-Arévalo; and Lorelei López. From left, back row: Maraya García; Samantha Bustillos; Dr. Robert Bradley, Associate Professor of Art; Gerardo Segundo; Alan Earhart, Director of International Programs & Partnerships; Ricardo Carrillo; Omar Nedzelsky Jr; Samuel Cavazos; and Dr. Robert Hoppens, Associate Professor of History. Not pictured are Gilman recipients Kristopher Price, Valeria Treviño, Jose García and Raul Martínez. 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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Uncertainty about U.S. immigration laws’ impact on Valley residents being transported by EMS at Border Patrol checkpoint in Falfurrias to be addressed in Edinburg on Friday, May 18

Uncertainty about U.S. immigration laws’ impact on Valley residents being transported by EMS at Border Patrol checkpoint in Falfurrias to be addressed in Edinburg on Friday, May 18

Featured: Med Care EMS (https://www.facebook.com/medcare911/) holds transportation contracts for major hospital systems in deep South Texas, including Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, South Texas Health Systems, Mission Regional Medical Center, and Knapp Medical Center.

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Edinburg’s retail economy in March 2018 showed best improvement among all major Valley cities, up almost 12 percent over same month in 2017

Edinburg’s retail economy in March 2018 showed best improvement among all major Valley cities, up almost 12 percent over same month in 2017

Featured, from left: University of Texas Rio Grande Valley students and triplets Zachary, Victoria and Joshua Pérez from Edinburg who have shared every graduation since kindergarten. But their Saturday, May 12, 2018 commencement ceremony probably was their last together. All three are biology majors, but each had chosen a different path for the future. Zachary is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Biology at UTRGV; Victoria will continue at UTRGV to pursue a Master’s Degree in Manufacturing Engineering; and Joshua will attend the UT-Austin College of Pharmacy. On Friday, May 11, 2018 and Saturday, May 12, 2018, UTRGV held two days of the Spring 2018 Commencement ceremonies honoring 3,100 graduates. 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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In bid for powerful chairmanship of House Insurance Committee, Rep. Muñoz wants “Texas Rainy Day Fund” to help improve benefits, reduce costs of TRS-Care for 270,000 retired educators

In bid for powerful chairmanship of House Insurance Committee, Rep. Muñoz wants “Texas Rainy Day Fund” to help improve benefits, reduce costs of TRS-Care for 270,000 retired educators

Featured, from left: Danny Díaz, Financial Aid Specialist, La Joya Independent School District; Myriam Téllez, Director, Guidance and Counseling Program, La Joya Independent School District; Rep. Sergio Muñoz, D-Mission; and Steve Chapa, Director, Student Outreach, the University of Texas at Austin. The House 36 state legislator was participating in Decision Day on Friday, May 4, 2018 at Palmview High School, where seniors were committing to attend colleges or universities of their choice. 

Photograph By PETER SALINAS

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29 building permits for construction projects valued at least $1 million each have been issued in Edinburg between January 2017 and March 2018

29 building permits for construction projects valued at least  million each have been issued in Edinburg between January 2017 and March 2018

Featured: Mayor Richard Molina shows off a championship boxing belt during his State of the City Address, held on Thursday, April 19, 2017 at the Edinburg Auditorium, in part to symbolize the power of the city’s economy. “Here’s the bottom line: more people are moving to Edinburg,” the mayor proclaimed. “They know this is the best place to live, work and learn. We expect the population to continue to grow because of everything this city has to offer.”

Photograph By LUIS LARRAGA

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Active and retired teachers and public school employees, and their families, urged by Rep. Canales, D-Edinburg, to “turn out in record numbers” in November 2018 state elections

Active and retired teachers and public school employees, and their families, urged by Rep. Canales, D-Edinburg, to “turn out in record numbers” in November 2018 state elections

Featured, from left: Alfredo Álvarez, President, Texas State Teachers Association Region 6 and Donna TSTA Treasurer; René Zamora, President, Edinburg  Texas State Teachers Association; Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg; and María “Maggie” Inglett, President, Harlingen Texas State Teachers Association, and Officer, TSTA Region 6. On Wednesday, April 28, 2018, in the First National Bank Ballroom in Mercedes, Canales, the House District 40 leader, was the only Rio Grande Valley member of the Texas Legislature who received the prestigious “Friend of Education” award by the Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA) – Region 6.

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Construction activities in city approach $37.5 million for first three months of 2018, reports Edinburg Economic Development Corporation

Construction activities in city approach .5 million for first three months of 2018, reports Edinburg Economic Development Corporation

Featured, from left: Letty Rodríguez, Escrow Officer/Sales Representative, Edwards Abstract & Title Co.; Elva Jackson Garza, Vice President & Marketing Manager, Edwards Abstract & Title Co.; Keely Lewis; Mayor Richard Molina; and Byron Jay Lewis, President & CEO, Edwards Abstract & Title Co. The area leaders posed for this portrait following the conclusion of the 14th Annual State of Real Estate Forum, coordinated by Edwards Abstract & Title Co., which took place on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance. The State of Real Estate Forum is presented as a public service of Edwards Abstract and Title Co., and focuses on the national, state and local economic outlook.

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For second consecutive month, Edinburg registers Valley’s lowest unemployment rate – 4.7 percent in March 2018 – an increase of 1,056 jobs compared with March 2017 figure

For second consecutive month, Edinburg registers Valley’s lowest unemployment rate – 4.7 percent in March 2018 – an increase of 1,056 jobs compared with March 2017 figure

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 hosted a grand opening of its UT Health RGV Pediatric Specialty office, located at 4150 Crosspoint Blvd. in Edinburg. The specialty office aims to close gaps in access to general and specialty care for children, with services that include general pediatrics, pulmonary, developmental, and metabolic and genetic disorders. The grand opening included tours of the facility and a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina, Mayor Pro Tem David Torres, Councilmember Gilbert Enríquez and other community and university leaders. Molina, the Edinburg mayor, expressed the community’s excitement about the pediatrics practice bringing much-needed care to the region. “Families are not going to have to travel anymore to Corpus Christi or San Antonio or Houston,” he said. “Now they can come to UT Health RGV Pediatric Specialty Clinic and get the very best medical care close to home. As your mayor, I couldn’t be more proud to say, it’s one more step toward a healthier community.” 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 February 2018 registers more than 11 percent improvement over same month in 2017, according to Edinburg Economic Development Corporation

 

Edinburg’s retail economy in February 2018 registers more than 11 percent improvement over same month in 2017, according to Edinburg Economic Development Corporation

Featured: As Dr. Lino García, Jr., Ph.D., approached his 84th birthday in January, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Professor Emeritus of Spanish Literature said change is what keeps him motivated. García has ridden waves of major change in the Rio Grande Valley’s higher education offerings, going back to his college days in the 1960s at Pan American College, to UTRGV and its sprawling distributed-campus university that serves some 28,000 students throughout the Valley and beyond. He started working at Pan American College in 1967 as a Spanish instructor. Fifty years later, he is still teaching with the same enthusiasm for his students and their success. 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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