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Air travel was one of the hardest hit industries when the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting shutdowns occurred in the spring of 2020. Things are looking up, but continue to be well below pre-pandemic levels. The recent weekend of...
PHARR, Texas - The start of the fresh produce season 2021-22 was celebrated at the Pharr International Bridge on Oct. 7. Produce growers, importers, distributors, and consumers from the United States and Mexico were in attendance for the annual event. The Pharr...
HARLINGEN, Texas - Harlingen Economic Development Corporation’s Workforce Wednesday at the Harlingen Convention Center is proving so popular it is going to be continued every two months. The event brings together employers looking to hire workers and job-seekers looking to...
RAYMONDVILLE, TEXAS - Willacy County Judge Aurelio ‘Keter’ Guerra says deepening Port Mansfield’s ship channel to allow for ocean-going barge traffic can be a “game changer” for his county’s economic fortunes.  Guerra made the comment during a roundtable discussion at...
RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas - The mayor of Rio Grande City says that by working together, communities in Starr County and their neighbors on the border in Mexico can start to land major manufacturing plants. Joel Villarreal held his second...
EDINBURG, TEXAS - The private sector should do a lot more to tap into the resources of universities, including utilizing the knowledge of its faculty, particularly those with industry experience, their research divisions, and use more their students as...
REYNOSA, Tamaulipas - The new mayor of Reynosa wants to raise average wage rates in his city by bringing in more high-tech jobs. Carlos Víctor Peña Ortiz, who took office on Oct. 1, explained some of his initiatives during a...
Recent quotes from many politicians claim that the proposed $3.5 trillion spending bill costs “zero.” Just in case you were wondering, this is not so. Even if taxes are raised by enough to theoretically cover the costs (a problem...
PHARR, Texas - Pharr Economic Development Corporation is making a concerted effort to bring a major manufacturing plant to the Rio Grande Valley. Pharr EDC Executive Director Victor Perez announced the initiative during a celebratory event to mark National Manufacturing...
Thank you, Madam Chairwoman, Mr. Chairman, members of the Committee. My name is Jon Barela. I am the CEO of the Borderplex Alliance.  The Borderplex Alliance to my knowledge is the only privately funded which does economic development work and...

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