To help efficiently more traffic from the south to north, the City of McAllen officially broke ground on the Bicentennial Blvd extension.
In a recent interview with the Rio Grande Guardian, Patridge said, “The census will impact the amount of tax revenues that comes into the community. If we do not count all the people in our area, we are just cheating ourselves and our opportunity for growth and revenue from the federal government.”
The Census Bureau is looking to hire about 2,500 temporary workers in Hidalgo County to conduct and promote the count. Click here for more information on census jobs.
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In preparation for the upcoming 2010 Census, the bureau needs to hire 2,500 people in Hidalgo County for various jobs. The temporary jobs are starting soon and go through April.
April 1 is Census Day!
For more information about the Census committee in McAllen, click here.
For employment opportunities, click here.
Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon, US Trade Rep. Ron Kirk inaugurate Anzalduas International Bridge
High-level officials from Mexico and the United States gathered near the Anzalduas International Bridge on Jan. 11, 2010 to officially inaugurate the newest crossing between the two countries in 10 years. Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon, joined by the Mayor of Reynosa and Governor of Tamaulipas, discussed how this trade will help grow the economy in Mexico and allow free trade to flourish. U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk came down for the ceremony.
With Rep. Kirk in the area, local officials from McAllen and the surrounding cities used the time to push for commercial traffic on Anzalduas. Currently, the presidential permit does not permit truck traffic until 2015 or traffic reaches 15,000 trucks per day on the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge. However, managers are local manufacturing plants in McAllen/Reynosa have indicated that commercial on Anzalduas International Bridge would greatly reduce costs, allow them to operate more efficiently. Kirk promised to take this message to President Barack Obama and see what is possible. Click here to read the story from The Monitor and in in the Rio Grande Guardian.
Here are some links to media coverage from Monday’s event about the Anzalduas International Bridge inauguration:
San Antonio Express News
Rio Grande Guardian
Keith Patridge, President/CEO of the McAllen Economic Development Corporation, recently said that despite the decline in 2009, many of the manufacturing plants in McAllen and Reynosa have restarted production, in an interview with Valley Freedom Communications.
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Texas Governor Rick Perry, along with other state officials, announced a $3.4 million state Emerging Technology Grant to the the University of Texas-Pan American. This grant will go toward the recruitment of top researchers and the establishment of a world-class advanced manufacturing center at the university. This initiative is aligned with UTPA’s Rapid Response Manufacturing Center and the North American Advanced Manufacturing Research and Education Initiative (NAAMREI).
The article in The Monitor said “the governor said the investment in UTPA is intended to help accelerate the university’s efforts in developing rapid response manufacturing and help create high-tech jobs via private investment and entrepreneurship, which he called ‘the building blocks of our economy.’”
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A recent report from the Texas Workforce Commission indicates that the McAllen MSA has 9,300 jobs, followed by the Dallas-Plano-Irving area
with 7,200 jobs. The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission MSA posted the highest percentage of over-the-month growth with 1.0 percent.
Overall, the annual growth rate for total nonagricultural employment decreased throughout Texas; however, the McAllen MSA maintained a positive and the highest annual growth rate of 1.2 percent. Recently, numerous outlets have featured the McAllen MSA has one of the top metros for growth in employment and small business opportunities. See all of the recent rankings here.
View the full Texas Workforce Commission Report by clicking here.
According to early preliminary reports, traffic across three area international bridges increased during the the 2009 holiday seasons, which could indicate higher retail sales, according to a report in The Monitor.
On Dec. 15, 2009, the The Anzalduas International Bridge opened for traffic and cuts down the travel time between McAllen/Mission and Monterrey, MX and points south.
Final sales tax numbers and bridge traffic reports will be available later this month.