EDINBURG, Texas – In a wide-ranging interview on Zoom, Edinburg City Manager Ron Garza discussed Census 2020, transparency in government, and making the most out of CARES Act funding.

Here are those three subjects separated into three podcasts:

Census 2020


EDINBURG, Texas – In one of the most innovative census data collection efforts in the RGV, the City of Edinburg launched a Census Mobile Ice Cream machine. 

Edinburg’s self-response rate is the highest in the RGV and better than the state’s average. 

Rio Grande Guardian editor Steve Taylor interviewed Edinburg City Manager Ron Garza.

Transparency in Government


EDINBURG, Texas – When Ron Garza took over as city manager of Edinburg, he wanted to introduced more transparency, so that local residents are better informed on how their tax dollars are being spent. 

One of the innovations introduced allows residents to track the progress of ongoing city projects. 

Rio Grande Guardian editor Steve Taylor interviewed Ron Garza.

Taking care of CARES Act funding 


EDINBURG, Texas – The City of Edinburg used $2 million in CARES Act funds to create a two-tier COVID recovery plan, called SPARK. 

Only local businesses were eligible for COVID recovery funds. 

Rio Grande Guardian editor Steve Taylor interviewed Edinburg City Manager Ron Garza.


Here is the Zoom conversation with Ron Garza:


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