PHARR, RGV - While President Trump’s visit to the Rio Grande Valley was dominated by talk of a  border crisis and possibly even a national emergency, this week’s visit by VIPs focused on international friendship and cooperation. Texas Agriculture Commissioner...
MISSION, RGV - The chairman of the Border Trade Alliance’s public policy committee has suggested a way legislators from the northern and southern borders of the United States can wield more power in Congress. Sam Vale, president and CEO of...
Trade talks between the U.S. and China have started up again, the first major movement towards reconciliation since the December decision to delay further tariff increases until March. As I am writing, representatives from both nations were reportedly narrowing some,...
McALLEN, RGV - In a letter sent to the White House, elected officials from across South Texas have invited President Trump to visit land ports of entry in their region. Trump is slated to visit McAllen on Thursday to make...
Eighty years ago, the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas was a rural, agriculture-based economy characterized by sporadic growth. Today, the area is being transformed into a major international trade area by developing first-rate commercial, retail, industrial, medical, retirement and...
MCALLEN, RGV - The Rio Grande Valley had a good year for sales tax revenue collections, with all the major communities showing increases on the numbers posted a year ago.  Matt Ruszczak, executive director of the Rio South Texas Economic...
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Border Trade Alliance, North America’s premier advocate for cross-border trade, is strongly rejecting a call by President Trump to close the United States border with Mexico. “The mere threat to close the border with Mexico...
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) released the November 2018 Labor Market and Employment reports. The seasonally adjusted national and Texas unemployment rates were both unchanged from last month, at 3.7 percent. Statewide Overview for November: Texas had a net gain...
MISSION, RGV - There appears to widespread support in South Texas for congressional passage of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill. All three members of Congress for the South Texas border region -...
PHARR, RGV - Members of the Mid Valley Customs Brokers Association invited U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez and Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez to their monthly meeting at Pappadeaux in Pharr. They wanted to hear where the two elected officials stood on...

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