MERCEDES, Texas – Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension has launched its first government contracting academy in the Rio Grande Valley.

Titled B.I.D. (Business in Development), the 7-week curriculum-based academy teaches the skills necessary to compete and win state government contracts with a State of Texas HUB (Historically Underutilized Business) certification.

The program has been developed by the Community and Economic Development (CED) Unit of the Cooperative Extension Program at Prairie View A&M University. It is aimed at limited-resource communities.

In this podcast, Rio Grande Guardian International News Service editor Steve Taylor interviews CED Willacy County Agent Megan Rodriguez and CED Hidalgo County Agent Rina Castillo.


Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news story and podcast shows Rina Castillo and Megan Rodriguez.

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