EDINBURG, Texas – The Rio Grande Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization has produced a new 32-page booklet packed with data about the region.
The booklet, titled State of the System Report, gives an overview of the Valley, including land use, population, employment, poverty, housing, commuting, housing and transportation affordability, and education.
On transportation, which is what RGVMPO focuses on, the booklet looks at the Valley’s roadways, transit, biking and pedestrian walkways, airports, seaports and waterways, land ports of entry, and space travel.
“The purpose of the State of the System Report is to provide a data-driven ‘snapshot’ that assists us in our planning efforts and that of our regional planning partners,” the booklet states. “The report contains the most recent and available baseline transportation and land use data about RGVMPO and its multimodal transportation system.”
Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño, Jr., who chairs the RGVMPO’s policy committee, wrote an introduction for the booklet. He said the booklet “vividly captures the region’s current planning and programming to help put the future vision of the RGV into perspective.”
Treviño wrote: “The State of the System Report is a compilation of work produced by the RGVMPO that will support the decision-making process and citizens we serve as we work to make the RGV a great place to live, work, and play for generations to come.”
RGVMPO Executive Director Andrew Canon (pictured above) has also penned a column for the booklet. Canon spoke about the report at a recent McAllen Economic Development Corporation board meeting. He said: “My staff, I am so excited, created this in-house. It is the first time we have taken on something like this.”
Canon said the RGV Partnership has asked RGVMPO to be part of RGV Day at the Capitol. “So, we will be distributing this information to our representatives and senators. Hopefully, trying to promote the Valley in a positive means. If you have an office area where we can display this report for the general public, let me know. We will try to produce another one in a year or two.”
Two stakeholders at the MEDC meeting came up to Canon afterwards to say how impressed they were with the booklet.
“This is a nice document. I went through it. There is a lot in it,” said former McAllen Mayor Jim Darling.
“This is what we need for our region. This document shows we are becoming another Puebla,” said Index Reynosa board member Enrique Castro.
The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2020 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates is the primary data source for the Overview of the Community section of the booklet. All other statistical summaries in the report use the most recent and available data from other sources, including RGVMPO, Texas Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, and individual providers.
Editor’s Note: To obtain a copy of State of the System Report call the RGVMPO at 956-682-3481.
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