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More than $53.1 million in construction, led by residential housing, took place in the city from January through May 2018, reports Edinburg EDC

More than .1 million in construction, led by residential housing, took place in the city from January through May 2018, reports Edinburg EDC

Featured: “Good Books Radio,” which has been airing on 88FM, the Rio Grande Valley’s Public Radio Station, for several years, is hosted by Dr. John Cook, Associate Professor and Chair of the UTRGV Communications Department. Cook partnered with UTRGV communications professor Dr. W. F. Strong on the program, which is produced by the UTRGV video production team in the University Marketing and Communications Department. 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 MARÍA ELENA HERNÁNDEZ 

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City pledges $126,000 in bid to secure additional $719,000 from Federal Transportation Administration for downtown bus trolleys, Edinburg EDC announces

City pledges 6,000 in bid to secure additional 9,000 from Federal Transportation Administration for downtown bus trolleys, Edinburg EDC announces

Featured: $719,000 in federal funding is being requested by the City of Edinburg, through Valley Metro, for two electric (battery-powered) bus trolleys – similar in design to this vehicle operated  by Laguna Beach Transit in California – that would serve Edinburg’s downtown area and increase business and commerce for dozens of retail shops, restaurants, and offices around and near the Hidalgo County Courthouse. 

Photograph Courtesy https://hometowntrolley.com/trolleys/villager

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In-depth retail marketing analysis, projects for upcoming year, Santana Textiles, L.L.C. set for review and possible action by Edinburg EDC Board of Directors beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, at Edinburg City Hall

In-depth retail marketing analysis, projects for upcoming year, Santana Textiles, L.L.C. set for review and possible action by Edinburg EDC Board of Directors beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, at Edinburg City Hall

Featured: Lizette Leal, International Programs specialist in the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Office of Global Engagement, shown here with baby Mia, makes full use of the university’s Mother-Friendly Worksite suites. The program provides nursing mothers with specially designated rooms that allow staff, faculty or student moms a safe, clean, private place to breastfeed or pump breast milk. Leal says being able to pump onsite during a workday eases her stress, helps her bonding process with her 5-month-old daughter, and has substantial benefits for the baby. 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, Rep. Canales, Sen. Hinojosa, successfully call on Gov. Abbott for state disaster declaration in response to flooding in deep South Texas; Edinburg Cable Network providing extensive coverage and updates on city’s Facebook

Mayor Molina, Rep. Canales, Sen. Hinojosa, successfully call on Gov. Abbott for state disaster declaration in response to flooding in deep South Texas; Edinburg Cable Network providing extensive coverage and updates on city’s Facebook

Featured: Mayor Richard Molina on Thursday morning, June 21, 2018, helped lead the city’s emergency responses to flooding that affected his city and much of deep South Texas, including by issuing a Disaster Declaration for the City of Edinburg, and immediately sending it to Gov. Greg Abbott. Within several hours of Molina’s communication with the governor’s office, Abbott issued a state disaster declaration, which suspends any regulation or law that would prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in responding to the estimated foot and more of rain which have fallen in Hidalgo County. The governor’s declaration also suspends any laws that would slow up a state agency’s emergency response needed to protect life or property.

Photograph Courtesy https://www.Facebook.com/CityOfEdinburgGovernment

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For fourth consecutive month, Edinburg registers Valley’s lowest unemployment rate – 4.5 percent in May 2018 – an increase of 898 jobs compared with May 2017 figure

For fourth consecutive month, Edinburg registers Valley’s lowest unemployment rate – 4.5 percent in May 2018 – an increase of 898 jobs compared with May 2017 figure

Featured: Dr. Dean Kyne of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Department of Sociology and Anthropology is part of team of UTRGV professors researching the Valley’s hurricane preparedness, including studying factors in residents’ evacuation decisions and their ability to prepare for and bounce back from hurricanes. 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 MALENA HERNÁNDEZ

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Rep. Óscar Longoria selected for Young Alumnus Award by UT School of Law, joining distinguished list of previous honorees that includes Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Daniel Hodge, the former Chief of Staff for Gov. Greg Abbott

Rep. Óscar Longoria selected for Young Alumnus Award by UT School of Law, joining distinguished list of previous honorees that includes Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Daniel Hodge, the former Chief of Staff for Gov. Greg Abbott

Featured, from left: Rep. Óscar Longoria, D-La Joya, Vice-Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Gary VanDeaver, R-New Boston, Rep. Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont, and Rep. Will Metcalf, R-Conroe gather during a break on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives during the Regular Session of the Texas Legislature during Spring 2017.

Photograph By HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHY

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Texas Cook ‘Em: High Steaks in Edinburg, South Texas International Film Festival each receive $20,000 in financial support from Edinburg EDC

Texas Cook ‘Em: High Steaks in Edinburg, South Texas International Film Festival each receive ,000 in financial support from Edinburg EDC

Featured: The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce celebrated Leadership Edinburg Class XXIX graduation on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance. Eleven graduates from the city’s business community were honored for completing the nine-month program. From left: Johnny Rodríguez (Bert Ogden Auto Group–Public Relations); Abel Garza (Wells Fargo); Marivel Valdez (Open Range Enterprises); Nydia M. Treviño (Memorial Funeral Home); Erica Pérez (RGV Town Planner); Mónica Ann Vega (Oceangate Hospitality); Robert C. Vackar (Bert Ogden Auto Group); Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina; Mary Lou Escobedo (Escobedo & Cárdenas, LLP); Maricruz Z. Nieto (Townplace Suites by Marriott); Priscilla C. Whiteaker (Farmers Insurance); Joe A. Delgado (Halff Associates); and John Mark Atchley (South Texas Health System Edinburg). Vackar and Molina were special guests for the graduation ceremony.

Photograph By RONNIE LARRALDE

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For fourth consecutive month, city’s retail economy shows improvement over same period last year, with April 2018 figure up almost 10 percent over April 2017, reports Edinburg EDC

For fourth consecutive month, city’s retail economy shows improvement over same period last year, with April 2018 figure up almost 10 percent over April 2017, reports Edinburg EDC

Featured, from left: University of Texas Rio Grande Valley education students Jimena Gamboa of La Feria, Clarissa Rodríguez of Weslaco, Kasandra Salinas of La Feria, and Clarissa Guerra of Edinburg, are among seven UTRGV students named recipients of the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers, under the Raise Your Hand Foundation. For this inaugural cohort, 100 students from 10 partnering universities in Texas were chosen from a pool of 350 candidates by means of a competitive selection process, which included a written application, interviews, group activities and demonstration of a teaching lesson. Each student receives an $8,000 scholarship each year for up to four years, as well as ongoing training, mentorship and networking opportunities facilitated by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation. Not shown are recipients Raquel Pérez of Edinburg, Brenda Olvera of Brownsville, and Cristina Ortiz of Laredo. 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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South Texas College, South Texas Health System, Texas Workforce Commission, Geofencing Campaign, South Texas Film Festival, and Texas Cook’ Em – High Steaks are among 14 items up for review and possible action by Edinburg EDC Board of Directors at 6 p.m on Tuesday, May 29

South Texas College, South Texas Health System, Texas Workforce Commission, Geofencing Campaign, South Texas Film Festival, and Texas Cook’ Em – High Steaks are among 14 items up for review and possible action by Edinburg EDC Board of Directors at 6 p.m on Tuesday, May 29

The UTRGV HEB Planetarium celebrated its 55th Anniversary with staff, faculty, and guests, along with Ms. Yvonne Loflin from HEB.
A presentation within the planetarium was followed by entertainment by the UTRGV Pep Band and refreshments.
Ms. Loflin videos the UTRGV Pep Band as she exits the planetarium.
UTRGV Photo by David Pike

Featured: The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley H-E-B Planetarium in Edinburg celebrated its 55th anniversary with a celebration on April 27, 2018, attended by staff, faculty and guests and Yvonne Loflin, Public Affairs Specialist representing H-E-B, shown here shooting video of the UTRGV Pep Band in front of the planetarium. 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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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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