The U.S. economy is well positioned for long-term growth. Future prosperity will depend on the ability of individuals, businesses, and communities to adapt to change, which is likely to occur at an accelerating pace.  Let’s take a brief look at...
MCALLEN, RGV - U.S. import tariffs on certain Chinese products along with the new USMCA free trade agreement are making the U.S.-Mexico border region attractive for Chinese manufacturing companies. That was the message given by McAllen Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)...
LAREDO, Texas - The Eagle Ford Consortium recently recognized Blas Castañeda for his many years of service. Laredo native Castañeda is a founding member of the consortium. He helped the group establish partnerships with seven colleges in order for the...
The “yield curve” has recently been receiving some attention because it can be a harbinger of economic downturns and has long been analyzed as a tool for predicting recessions.  However, I don’t currently see it as a major cause for...
In the November 15, 2018 edition of the Rio Grande Guardian, M. Ray Perryman laments Amazon’s final decision to locate its HQ2 in New York City and northern Virginia rather than in Texas.  Missing out on new job creation –...
MCALLEN, RGV - The head of industry training at South Texas College has given credit to Matt Ruszczak and Rio South Texas Economic Council for first suggesting a youth apprenticeship program for the Rio Grande Valley. Carlos Margo, associate dean...
MCALLEN, RGV - What is McAllen’s message going to be if the Department of Homeland Security or the U.S. Military closes one the city’s two international bridges due to the arrival of a caravan of migrants? That was the question...
After about 14 months of analysis, Amazon made a decision on its second corporate headquarters (HQ2), and it isn’t Texas. Many lists of likely locations put Texas at or near the top, but at the end of the day, Amazon...
WESLACO, RGV - The chances of the Rio Grande Valley landing a major European manufacturing company have just improved considerably. This is the view of leaders with the Rio South Texas Economic Council, an economic development and marketing group that...
Wages and salaries are finally beginning to rise in a meaningful way.  The rate of growth is at levels not seen in about a decade, when the effects of the Great Recession began to ripple through the economy. For the year...

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