MCALLEN, Texas – In his last speech as a Texas Workforce Commissioner, Julian Alvarez explained why he was grateful Gov. Greg Abbott appointed him.

The speech was made at the McAllen Convention Center at a reception hosted by the Rio Grande Valley Partnership. The speech was made on Alvarez’s last day in office. RGVP presented Alvarez with an award in recognition of his accomplishments at TWC, the inaugural RGV Legacy Award. 

Alvarez said having a TWC commissioner was just what the Valley needed. 

“And that’s why I’m so grateful to Governor Abbott… he selected someone like me that could actually come down and work with people like Sonia, who was part of our grant team, and we could actually share with you all the options and the opportunities that were out there at no expense to you all,” Alvarez said.

“And look what we’ve done. You are the envy of what’s taking place, not just here locally, but around the country and the state. I literally am telling you the truth. Because everywhere I go, whether I’m in Connecticut or when I was in Sacramento or when I was in D.C. at the White House, I literally pulled out a slide of the Rio Grande Valley, of what we were doing down here in (workforce) training.”

Alvarez, a Valley native, said he has always taken pride in where he comes from.

“Weslaco recently provided me with a shirt. It was the EDC group, Steven, that said, I’m a proud 956er. I didn’t know what that meant. It was a black shirt. I didn’t know if it was a gang sign or what,” Alvarez joked.

“But, after he told me what it meant I had never worn something that had given me such pride. Just to be able to wear that shirt in front of the Capitol. It was kind of a sign that we made it collectively to the capitol of Texas and so that was a proud moment.”

Alvarez received warm applause from the audience for that line.

Alvarez is now moving into the private sector. He has accepted a position as senior vice president of Lone Star National Bank. He said he plans to continue to help those less fortunate.

“I am very honored to be doing that because what they’re allowing us to do is continue to work with folks like you all, making sure that every person in the Rio Grande Valley has an opportunity to succeed and not only take care of themselves but their families. Because, at the end of the day, isn’t that what we all want?” Alvarez said.

“We all want to make sure that we’re all self-sustaining, that we can take care of ourselves. That’s the common denominator that us 956ers have in common. And that is that we want to take care of one another. There are many people in this community that need our help. And I’m very grateful that I’ll be working with that family.”

Editor’s Note: Here is a video of Julian Alvarez’s remarks at the RGV Partnership reception:


Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a four-part series on the RGV Partnership’s reception honoring Julian Alvarez. Click here to read Part One. Click here to read Part Two. Click here to watch Part Three.

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