HARLINGEN, Texas – The Rio Grande Valley Partnership says over 45 state lawmakers have signed up for the 2023 Valley Legislative Tour.

The tour starts Thursday afternoon, Jan. 26, when the legislators and their staff fly into to Valley International Airport. It ends on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 29, when they fly back to Austin. In between times they will visit a number of places of interest in Cameron and Willacy counties.

“We always love to have the legislators down here to see for themselves what the what the Valley has to offer. Unless you are a legislator from the Valley oftentimes you really don’t get to see just all the commodities and crops we actually grow down here. So it is always nice to educate a lot of new members that will need educating about the region. We welcome it and look forward to it,” said Dale Murden, president of Texas Citrus Mutual.

The RGV Partnership is the Valley’s regional chamber of commerce. It was established in 1944 to bring business leaders, influencers, and policy makers together in an independent forum to advance prosperity in the Valley, Texas, and the world. 

In a news release, RGVP said the 2023 Legislative Tour will host over 45 state lawmakers and showcase the lower Valley to them. The tour takes place in late January every other year when the Legislature is in session. The Upper Valley (Hidalgo and Starr counties) and the Lower Valley (Cameron and Willacy counties) alternate on who hosts the tour.

“Lawmakers will partake in in-depth panel discussions with local healthcare professionals, educators and law enforcement partners. Key issues will focus on economic and business development, premier medical advancements and care, tourism, transportation, public education and workforce expansion, and border security in the way of international trade and current infrastructure,” said RGVP President Daniel Silva (pictured above).

“The upcoming tour will also provide legislators from outside the region an opportunity to visit key sites that highlight growth and challenges facing civic leaders and community members. Traveling with two senators and 45 representatives are 38 chiefs of staff whom together, will be learning about our diverse region.”

There are two opportunities for the media to participate:

  • Welcome Reception and Healthcare Panel on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 7:00pm

Location: Harlingen Collegiate High School, 2901 Medical Dr, Harlingen, TX 78550

  • Public Education and Economic Development Panel Discussion on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 5:50PM

Location: eBridge Center for Business and Commercialization, 1304 E. Adams St., Brownsville, TX 78520

In addition to Silva, RGV Partnership Chairman Patrick McDonnell will be in attendance to take questions from reporters about the tour.

Editor’s Note: For questions about the 2023 Valley Legislative Tour call Daniel Silva at 956.968.3141 or email [email protected].

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