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Think forward, Move Forward: Planning for the Next 25 Years

April 22nd, 2014 No comments

It’s time The Rio Grande THINKS and ACTS like a region. Research and development is where we need to be headed. 

McALLEN, April 21 – McAllen Economic Development Corporation believes the new ideas coming out of the KAIST research park in Daejeon can lead directly to good paying manufacturing jobs in the Rio Grande Valley.

McAllen EDC leaders have just returned from a visit to South Korea’s fifth largest city. They were invited to visit the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology to explain their concept of rapid response manufacturing, which means getting a product from design to marketplace in as short a time period as possible.

They were also on hand to see a memorandum of understanding signed by the City of Daejeon and the City of McAllen.

“Close your eyes and picture a 381-acre research park that employs 10,000 professionals with PhDs. This is what is happening at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology,” said Keith Patridge, president and CEO of McAllen EDC.

Here is the wording of the agreement:

The City of McAllen, a major advanced manufacturing center for North America, and Daejeon Metropolitan City, a global leader in science and technology, have agreed to work together in a spirit of friendship to promote closer partnerships in the fields of economy, science and technology. The cities will work together to provide economic opportunities in business, trade and investment based on a principle of reciprocity. The cities agree that this initial MOU from the mayor’s letters between the cities on May 11, and May 27, 2011 is the first stage of developing closer relationships between the two cities in the years to come. 31 March, 2014.

KAIST was formed 40 years when the South Korean government decided to make Daejeon its national research center. It is now one of the leading research universities in the world and only accepts the top one percent of graduates. Its research park sits on 381 acres. In 2012, KAIST issued 1,381 patents.

In a lengthy interview with the Guardian, Patridge said MEDC wants to engage with the residents of the Valley to see if university research, coupled with rapid response manufacturing is the way to go. If so, he believes, the Valley can learn a lot from KAIST and Daejeon. He said a collaborative agreement McAllen and Daejeon that was signed during the trip to South Korea could be the first step.

“Is this what we would like for our region? We want to know what our citizenry thinks. What we are doing now at McAllen EDC is not for today. It is for 40 years from now.”

Patridge said McAllen made a long shot bet on the maquila industry 30 years ago and it paid off handsomely. He wonders aloud if its leaders today want to make the same long term commitment on advanced manufacturing and allied research. If so, he said, the Valley could benefit from the ties McAllen and the University of Texas-Pan American are making with the City of Daejeon and KAIST. He said KAIST officials have identified ten or 12 Korean companies that would be a logical fit for the McAllen area.

“While we were there, the folks at KAIST said, look, we do a real good job of coming up with ideas, of discoveries but we do a lousy job of commercializing them. We discover something, it goes on the shelf and then we go on to discover something else. They said you guys (in McAllen) are focused on applied research and commercialization. We would like to form a cooperative, commercialization agreement with McAllen and UTPA,” Patridge explained.

“Universities all over the world have been trying to get this kind of relationship with KAIST. A lot of it has to do with the relationship Miguel has. We worked with them. We developed this agreement and we signed it. The goal is to bring new technologies and technology companies from Korea to McAllen and then as we develop commercialization and new companies we take them from here to Korea. It becomes a two-way fertilization of ideas. It is a natural fit.”

The Miguel Patridge refers to is Professor Miguel Gonzalez, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at UTPA. Gonzalez accompanied the MEDC officials on the trip.

Patridge explained the rationale for developing relations with KAIST.

“We have been rightly focusing on education and training and UTPA and STC do excellent job. But, if we keep doing a good job with our educational institutions but there are no jobs it is a zero sum game. Forty years from now we will still be in the same place we are today.

“If we start producing PhDs and we do not have research for them, we are going to be spending a lot of money for nothing. We will lose those students. We need research and the opportunity to create new companies. We are putting the building blocks in place now. We are fortunate to work with Korea, with one of the leading institutions in the world. Everyone would like to have the relationship but we have the relationship.”

The City of Daejeon has a population of 1.5 million people, not much more than the Valley. However, it is much wealthier. It has an annual budget $2.8 billion a year. Its gross domestic product is $27 billion. “The national government has put a lot of money into research in Daejeon,” Patridge said.

Patridge said the City of Daejeon only has about two Sister City agreements. “They are very guarded about who they enter into agreements with. We feel honored to have been selected.” McAllen Mayor Jim Darling and UTPA President Robert Nelsen had hoped to be on the trip to Daejeon but were prevented from doing so by pressing matters at home. They hope to go on a future trip. Darling did appear in a video about McAllen that was presented to Daejeon officials.

The City of McAllen and McAllen EDC have been making regular visits to Korea since 1990. On the first trip were then McAllen Mayor Othal Brand, then McAllen City Commissioner Jan Klinck, then McAllen EDC President Mike Allen, and Patridge. Patridge said it was because of the beautification of the Korean cities they visited that made Brand insist on his city be spruced up by its parks and recreation department.

“Korea was much different back in 1990. It was an emerging country. It was still a bit wild and wooly. We were told not to drink the water in the hotel room. But it was absolutely beautiful, as clean as can be. It was just after Korea hosted the 1988 Summer Olympics,” Patridge remembers.

The relationships forged on that and subsequent visits are starting to pay off now, Patridge said. In fact, one of the reasons for the latest trip was so that Korean officials could learn about the rapid response project being undertaken by the North American Advanced Manufacturing Research and Education Initiative, which McAllen EDC and UTPA are part of.

“There is a whole strategic plan behind this that I am not going to get into but it would make a lot of sense if we could tell you about it. The folks from KAIST come over once a year, bringing companies that may be interested in building a manufacturing operation here, and then, once a year, we go over there and take our companies to see Daejeon,” Patridge said.

So what comes next?

“We have to develop our research park. We have to have a top quality university, which we are developing, and we have to have a research component. And, we have to get our first building for the research park. It costs money and so the question is, how do we fund it? It is unlikely that it will come from the federal government. How do we get the citizenry of McAllen to invest in this? How do we explain we could be the KAIST of Texas?

“We have to tell people what the potential is and see if they want it. This is another of those watershed moments, like the maquila concept. It is up to the citizenry of this region but we believe it is an investment in our grandkids. That is what we have got to think about it,” Patridge added.

 

FULL STORY & SOURCE: http://riograndeguardian.com/business_story_working.asp?story_no=25

3,000 Jobs added in McAllen MSA

April 21st, 2014 No comments

MAIN POINTS:

  • Unemployment rate in Texas dropped 5.5 % in March
  • The unemployment rate in Texas remains below national rate of 6.7%
  • Last years jobs in private sector: 278,400 (growth rate: 3%)

Article from The Monitor:

AUSTIN — On Friday, the Texas Workforce Commission revealed that the unemployment rate in Texas dropped to 5.5 percent in March — down two-tenths of a percentage point from February’s unemployment rate of 5.7 percent (seasonally adjusted). The unemployment rate in Texas remains well below the national rate of 6.7 percent.

Our state has continued its pattern of strong job growth and the Lone Star State continues to be ranked among the best places to live, work and do business. In Texas, we acknowledge that it is our employers, both small and large, that are the economic engine of this great state. Private employers added 278,400 total jobs over the last year for an annual growth rate of 3.0 percent.

This past year, the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission metropolitan statistical area added 3,000 jobs.

During the past year, all 11 of the major industries experienced annual job growth, with five industries posting rates that exceeded 3 percent.

Employment in Texas continued to grow across a wide range of industries, with seven of the 11 major industries adding jobs in March. Professional and business services added 5,600 jobs in March — more than any other major industry. The information industry also posted strong monthly growth with 2,300 jobs added in March. This was the best start to a year for the information industry since 2000, with 2,400 jobs added in the first quarter of 2014.The industry grew by 3.2 percent over the year and added 6,400 jobs.

As these numbers demonstrate, our Texas economy continues to lead the nation. Now more than ever, a skilled workforce is essential to maintaining our economic competitiveness and our workforce system must be market-driven, effectively meeting the needs of both workers and employers.

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a highly successful Industry Day event at one of our Texas community colleges. Students, educators, employers and community partners all came together to discuss the future of our workforce in Texas. Teachers and counselors heard directly from area employers about their workforce needs and the high-wage, high-demand opportunities that exist for our young Texans. We learned that labor market information is a crucial tool for counselors as they help our students make informed decisions about their education and career goals.

Events like this help to strengthen the conversations between industry and education. These relationships, as well as the strong commitment that many of our Texas employers have made to develop our future workforce, are crucial to our continued success. I am confident that reinforcing these partnerships will serve our state well as we transition to the jobs and industries of the future.

DIRECT LINK/SOURCE: http://www.themonitor.com/opinion/commentary-texas-jobless-rates-fell-in-march-jobs-added-in/article_fde4f782-c74b-11e3-bacc-0017a43b2370.html

10 Most Dangerous Cities in America

April 4th, 2014 Comments off
From 24/7 Wall St., based on the FBI Uniform Crime Report.

1. Flint, Michigan

Violent crimes per 100,000: 2,729.5

Population: 101,632

2012 murders: 63

Poverty rate: 40.6%

2. Detroit

Violent crimes per 100,000: 2,122.6

Population: 707,096

2012 murders: 386

Poverty rate: 40.9%

3. Oakland, Calif.

Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,993.1

Population: 399,487

2012 murders: 126

Poverty rate: 21%

4. St. Louis

Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,776.5

Population: 318,667

2012 murders: 113

Poverty rate: 27%

Percent of adults with high-school diploma: 83.9%

5. Memphis, Tenn.

Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,750

Population: 657,436

2012 murders: 133

Poverty rate: 27.2%

Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,548

Population: 299,105

2012 murders: 71

Poverty rate: 25.8%

7. Birmingham, Ala.

Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,517.8

Population: 213,266

2012 murders: 67

Poverty rate: 32%

8. New Haven, Conn.

Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,439.2

Population: 129,934

2012 murders: 17

Poverty rate: 30.1%

9. Baltimore

Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,405.7

Population: 625,474

2012 murders: 219

Poverty rate: 25.1%

10. Cleveland

Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,383.8

Population: 393,781

2012 murders: 84

Poverty rate: 34.3%

-So why does McAllen and Reynosa get the dirty headlines of being an “unsafe” war zone area? Because the media likes to sensationalize and make things seem worse than they typically are, unfortunately. Either way, the proof is in the pudding and we are happy that the stats show the reality of what cities are like or not like.

source below:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-10-most-dangerous-cities-in-america-2013-06-22

McAllen: as seen by a Huffington Post Writer

March 21st, 2014 Comments off

From the eyes of a Huffington Post journalist

who visited the Rio Grande Valley

SOURCE: HUFFINGTON POST

(McAllen, Texas) – We flew down on a cold January day. A dome of Canadian air that seemed to collapse from the arctic top of the world had reached all the way to the sub-tropical region of the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Nothing kills in the tropics as efficiently as freezing temperatures. Our camera crew drove the roads that stitched together the orange and grapefruit groves and stopped to record the ruined fruit and the tall Washington palms that were certain to also die.

And then we began to contemplate the coming economic sadness.

In the ’80s, the lower valley kept getting knocked backwards by circumstance. Average unemployment was 27 percent and in Starr County it had reached as high as 60. There were two deadly freezes in a matter of a few years, and the peso in Mexico, which made it affordable to purchase American products, was consistently being devalued. There were no jobs, and little reason for optimism.

The struggles of the valley have not ended but the reference to the border by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who recently used the term Third World as a descriptive of the region, offended those of us who love la frontera. The GOP candidate for governor, Abbott described the border as practically being destroyed by corruption, although there are no statistics to support his critique.

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There is, in fact, no evidence of disproportionate wrongdoing along the border. In fact, Abbott, who is a member of the board of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), and others involved with the multibillion-dollar fund, have been the target of a Travis County grand jury investigation over inappropriate awards of research grants and startup investments.

Which might prove to be corruption on a grand scale.

When I first lived on the Texas border, there were real third world problems. Incomes were the lowest on average in the nation, child mortality rates were higher than normal, unemployment lingered at painful levels, literacy was very low, and so was per capita income. These issues had less to do with the enterprise and aspirations of the people who live along the border than it did with the policies of state government in Austin. Historically, the border, and in particular, the valley was a political afterthought. The sheer inertial energy of population increase and economic growth has changed the political calculus down here in a place where the wind and the innovators remain restless.

McAllen, one of the three main cities that comprise the valley metro centers, briefed community leaders on a vision that offers what was once a largely unimaginable future. The McAllen Economic Development Council (MEDC), which began work on transforming the local economy 26 years ago, showed off the city’s new winged “M” logo and described a plan to make their community “the most strategic advanced manufacturing area in the world.”

Political candidates like Abbott, who talk about increasing security on the border by hundreds of law officers, are certain to prompt concern among the communities down here that have grown healthier based upon the free flow of people and businesses on both sides of the river.

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“We’re one community that happens to have a river running through the middle of it; it just so happens ours is an international border,” said Keith Patridge, chairman and CEO of the MEDC. “But it does not stop the flow of commerce, it does not stop the flow of families, it does not stop the flow of commerce back and forth across the river and we all have to embrace that.”

In fact, McAllen’s economic vitality is directly related to the Mexican border city of Reynosa. By helping the development of maquiladoras on the other side of the Rio Grande, McAllen and other parts of the valley have grown. The “twin plant” concept allows for the manufacturing of products in Mexico with their assembly and shipment occurring on the U.S. side of the river. There is probably not a car that comes off of an assembly line in Detroit that does not have parts from maquiladoras.

While there are still issues over fair wages in Mexico and the migration of jobs from the states, the North American Free Trade Agreement has enabled the twin plant operations and aggressive marketing by McAllen has led to 153,000 new jobs and 657 companies coming to Hidalgo County over the past quarter century. Civic leaders do not even consider it to be hyperbolic when they suggest they can have the same kind of international economy and vitality as Singapore and Hong Kong.

And even Austin has begun looking southward.

The state has funded a new medical school, which is already under construction in Edinburg, just north of McAllen, and a new university is being formed by the combination of the University of Texas system campuses in Brownsville and UT Pan American. McAllen’s South Texas College, which grants two year associates degrees, will continue to serve the region with more than 32,000 students in annual enrollment. In nearby Brownsville, Elon Musk is being courted to bring his Space X launch center to a city that has the lowest per capita income in the U.S. in the hopes that tax breaks from the state and municipal governments, which total $20 million, will create even more jobs.

There is no shortage of problems, however, along the border. In Hidalgo County, one out of every three people is believed to still live in a colonia, an unincorporated and unregulated development with limited, and sometimes no public services. Immigrants rush to buy any affordable piece of land to make a stake in America, even if they find themselves outside of the law, and the delivery of basic needs like sewer and water and electricity. No one has found a simple answer on how to manage this difficult growth dynamic, but talk of more border guns and clampdowns leaves people here unsettled. They have their own ideas about the future. And they do not envision a third world.

They see opportunity.

Also at: Don’t Grow Texas

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McAllen: Ready for Mexico’s ‘Eagle Ford Shale’

March 11th, 2014 Comments off

McALLEN, March 11 – The Rio Grande Valley stands ready to benefit economically from Mexico’s version of Eagle Ford Shale, which lies just south of Rio Bravo.

This is the view of Mike Willis, executive director of the South Texas Manufacturers Association.

“Eagle Ford Shale does not end in Laredo. There is a mirror image of it just south of here, south of Rio Bravo,” Willis explained. “Mexico is investing the bulk of PEMEX’s budget over the next two years in northern Mexico. So, we have a good opportunity to be a jumping-off point for drilling companies and sand and fracking materials and all of that in the Valley – the companies that will be serving northern Mexico will be staging their operations here.”

Willis said he is seeing a lot of interest in Mexico’s version of Eagle Ford Shale through the ports of Brownsville and Corpus Christi. “Mexico has changed its Constitution, which was a radical breakthrough and much-needed. Mexico’s revenue has been so dependent on PEMEX over the years and their productivity has gone down because they have not kept up with technology. So, they have recognized the need to form partnerships. They are still working out what that will look like without the companies actually owning the oil in the ground.”

Asked how far away the Valley is from seeing direct benefits from oil and gas exploration in northern Mexico, Willis said: “From what I hear, it is moving forward. Companies are already positioning themselves to be ready to start working with drillers and PEMEX in northern Mexico. I think we are going to see a lot of opportunity in the Valley, working through the Port of Corpus Christi and the Port of Brownsville.”

Willis said drilling companies that work in both Eagle Ford Shale north of Laredo and northern Mexico may choose to make the Valley a staging post.

“For some of these drilling companies, now, perhaps, we are a good location for serving Eagle Ford Shale and northern Mexico. I think we will see some of the EDCs trying to capitalize on that going forward. I have talked to Eddie (Campirano), over at the Port of Brownsville. I have spoken with the folks at the Port of Corpus Christi. They are telling me they have got clients that are bringing materials into the Port of Corpus Christi that need to service northern Mexico.”

Asked what type of operations may be located in the Valley, Willis said: “I think we will see opportunities for storage facilities, staging facilities. If I were a CEO of a company, I think I would want to keep my expensive materials here until it is time to take them to the drill site, instead of storing them somewhere in the frontera of northern Mexico.”

Willis is also director of business partnerships for Workforce Solutions, which handles jobs training in Hidalgo and Starr Counties. In his January report on the Valley labor market for Workforce Solutions, Willis wrote:

“We are seeing opportunities develop to take advantage of our location when PEMEX begins opening up the southern half of the Eagle Ford Shale to exploration in 2014. Our ports anticipate an increase in energy-related business as materials begin to flow into our region before being routed into northern Mexico. While the RGV is not taking part significantly in the drilling activity, energy-related companies are actively recruiting our workforce, and we could soon play a significant role in the distribution/logistics sector by supporting the energy work taking place both north and south of the RGV. Laredo continues to benefit strongly from the drilling activity taking place all around them.”

Willis said that for the first time in 25 years, employment in manufacturing is up slightly in the Valley. He was interviewed at a check presentation at South Texas College’s technology campus in south McAllen. There, the North American Advanced Manufacturing Research and Education Initiative (NAAMREI) received a $500,000 grant from the Wagner-Peyser program administered through the Governor’s Office.

Carlos Margo, NAAMREI’s interim executive director, said the Wagner-Peyser program is a federally funded initiative that matches employers with qualified job seekers. Through this project, Margo said, a total of 675 individuals will receive specialized training in areas including robotics, mechatronics, programmable logic controllers and other advanced topics.

“These funds will help NAAMREI continue to build its prominence in promoting advanced manufacturing in the South Texas region,” Margo said. “It will ensure NAAMREI adds to its current inventory of cutting edge automation technology equipment, supports the development and expansion of curriculum and innovative programs and provides training, instruction and credentials that will have global appeal.”

Asked if South Texas College and NAAMREI are ready to assist with oil and gas exploration and production in northern Mexico, Margo told the Guardian: “We certainly have the capacity to do so and we certainly will have the funding to develop programs in those fields. We currently are not doing training directly, simply because the activity tends to be a little bit further north of where we are. But, as the activity moves further south, as Mike said, into Mexico, we can certainly develop programs. We are primed, if you will, to be able to react quickly to develop. If industry changes, we are right there with them.”

At a news conference held last week to announce a Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Pharr and the Port of Corpus Christi, there was discussion about Mexico’s version of Eagle Ford Shale. The MOU will see Pharr and Corpus Christi help promote each other’s trade facilities. Pharr Bridge Director Juan Guerra and Port of Corpus Christi board member Richard Valls told the Guardian that the MOU was important because of increased oil and gas exploration and production in northern Mexico.

Source & story, see below:

http://riograndeguardian.com/business_story_working.asp?story_no=25

$1.2 Trillion of Economic Activity Expected for Border Towns

February 18th, 2014 Comments off

According to Marcial Nava, an economist at BBVA Compass, border towns should be expecting $1.2 trillion dollars worth of economic activity.

The United States is Mexico’s largest natural gas supplier, providing 80% of imports. More than 60% of the natural gas supplied comes from Texas through pipelines that link the Lone Star state with its southern neighbor. In 2012, the Mexican government only authorized the drilling of 3 shale oil and gas wells, a stark contrast to the 9,100 in the U.S. for the same period.

The reforms will remove the limitations that prevented international investment from developing Mexican shale plays, especially in the Burgos Basin, which is the portion of the Eagle Ford Shale that extends into Mexico. This play could hold more than 300 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable shale gas, while Mexico’s other shale plays the Sabinas, Tampico, and Veracruz Basins – those are estimated to hold more than 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves.

 

*Source: http://fuelfix.com/blog/2014/01/28/energy-reform-could-bring-1-2-trillion-to-texas-mexico-border/

MEDC to Launch New Rebranding Campaign

December 5th, 2013 Comments off

 

McALLEN, December 5 – McAllen Mayor Jim Darling will announce a major rebranding campaign for McAllen in his State of the City address in January.

Brief details were given at the 26th Annual McAllen Economic Development Corporation Christmas Party on Wednesday evening. At the event, McAllen EDC leaders unveiled their new logo and branding efforts, which they hope will propel them to further success in the next 25 years.

“There is something coming up with the mayor and we promised we were not going to take any of the mayor’s thunder from his January State of the City address but there is something coming up,” Keith Patridge, president and CEO of McAllen EDC, told those attending the Christmas Party.

“What we are doing ties in with what the City (of McAllen) is doing. Stay tuned. It is something we are really excited about. We are working with the City of Reynosa and the leadership there to continue to build on that relationship and to move our community forward.”

McAllen EDC Marketing Director Adriana Treviño elaborated on the City of McAllen’s rebranding plans. “We are coming together with the City of McAllen, working on a huge campaign, and the key word will be connecting,” Treviño told those attending the Christmas Party.

Later, Treviño gave an interview to the Guardian. “We are really excited. We have a lot to look forward to. We have many programs coming up in January and what is really neat is we are going to be linking our own campaign with an even bigger campaign. We cannot give any details on that but it is exciting and we have a lot to look forward to,” Treviño said.

Brian Godinez, of Godinez Commissions, said he could provide a few more details about the City of McAllen’s rebranding plans. Godinez Communications helped design McAllen EDC’s new logo and is working on the City of McAllen’s rebranding project.

“What I can tell you is the Mayor is going to make an announcement and part of the program in the State of the City address in January is going to be centered on a new branding campaign for McAllen. McAllen EDC is closely linked to it. What the City is going to be involved in is a citywide collaborative effort with MEDC being part of that lead. There are going to be other institutions involved.”

McAllen EDC’s new logo comprises the letter “M” drawn in the shape of a flowing wave with the center of the word colored a lighter blue and the outer edges darker shades of blue. Underneath the logo is the statement: “Connecting Everything Made in McAllen.”

In her interview with the Guardian, Treviño said the color blue signifies a river and the color black two nations. She said the river unites two nations. “We chose blue because it was calming and tranquil yet at the same time gave us energy with that kinetic feel with the wave, moving forward towards new things. A lot of people like red and orange but we ejected reds and oranges because of the negative comments in the media about border violence. With all that is in the media, the last thing we wanted to do is add more red, which means danger and emergency. We wanted to keep the cool, calming and trusting effect in line.”

In his remarks at the Christmas Party, Patridge said 60 to 70 percent of the business leads given to McAllen EDC come from personal recommendations. He said the corporation’s new ECON (Engaging Connections, Opportunities and Networks) Program will reward those who provide McAllen EDC will new business leads. He likened the reward program to the Frequent Flyer rewards that airlines offer.

Treviño also discussed the ECON program in her interview with the Guardian. “Word of mouth continues to be the top marketing unit for us. The best people to advocate for us are our friends in the community, so we have developed programs, such as ECON program. Say you go on a trip to Jamaica and you meet someone who wants to open up a company. Well, if you refer them and it turns into a visit, we will reward you for that. If that company decides to locate here, we will reward you for that.”

More than 300 people attended the Christmas Party, which was held at the McAllen EDC’s offices in the McAllen Foreign Trade Zone on Military Highway.

FOR DIRECT LINK: http://riograndeguardian.com/business_story_working.asp?story_no=24

Special THANKS to Steve Taylor from The Rio Grande Guardian for covering our event and featuring us.

Manager’s Mixer – Sept. 2013

September 27th, 2013 Comments off

A BIG thank you to Embassy Suites Hotel in McAllen for hosting a fun mixer for us and our plant managers. Fire guacamole, bacon wrapped shrimp and some good wine swarmed the room as managers mixed and mingled. This is a very important gathering for our corporation because we are able to connect with our innovative plant managers and staff from Reynosa and McAllen in a relaxed ambiance. Embassy Suites gave away a hearty gift basket of champagne and snacks alongside a free one night stay and $40 gift certificate to Remington’s Steak House. Can someone say generous? We love our friendly business partners. Below are some fun pictures!

Tilted Kilt’s Grand Opening, 100 jobs generated

September 13th, 2013 Comments off

Business on the west side of McAllen is booming. MEDC strives to bring businesses and communities together with unique experiences, and a great quality of life and innovation. Today’s highlight of the morning was “Tilted Kilt’s” grand opening. CLICK HERE FOR NEWS STORY

Overweight Corridor to make large Economic Impact in the RGV

August 30th, 2013 Comments off

What a positive day!

What once was a local economic dream, is now a reality. The passage of  House Bill 474 authored by State Representative, Sergio Munoz, Jr. is not only an asset for economic growth and job development, but a sign that “good things are coming our way”.

The overweight vehicle corridor will allow our area to continue to grow,  promote international trade and highlight our escalating role in commerce.

As for fees, each overweight business truck will pay a “fee per load” to cover any tips of road maintenance and/or improvements.

A formal update and presentation is anticipated on September 26 in McAllen, TX

*On behalf of the MEDC, we’d like to say THANK YOU! To a few of our media friends who made it out today. It is extremely important to cover the great things our region is doing locally and internationally.