RGVFC Toros Announce Partnership with H-E-B for Naming Rights of New Soccer Stadium in Edinburg

Edinburg, TEXAS – The Rio Grande Valley FC Toros announced a partnership with H-E-B for the naming rights of the new 9,700-seat soccer-specific stadium in Edinburg, which is now known as H-E-B Park.

“We wanted a partner that is not only a brand that we all recognize, but we also wanted to make sure they have a deep commitment to the community,” said RGV FC President, Bert Garcia. “We are delighted that H-E-B has made this commitment to the RGV FC Toros, the City of Edinburg, but more importantly the Rio Grande Valley. We look to make H-E-B Park the home of affordable family entertainment.”

Amenities at H-E-B Park will include a full-service restaurant and concessions, a park with a playground, an amphitheater with a capacity for 2,000 individuals, practice fields, executive lounges, a sports bar, and 33 suites. Suites include VIP amenities and a 16-seat capacity.

Completion of H-E-B Park will be later this year.

For more information about the RGV FC Toros, click here: www.rgvfc.com


Edinburg Airport Ready to Welcome International Passengers

Edinburg, TEXAS– The City of Edinburg, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officially opened a new Federal Inspection User Fee Facility at the South Texas International Airport.

To mark the completion of the facility, the City and EEDC hosted a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony with more than 100 people in attendance including Mayor Richard H. Garcia, members of the City Council, EEDC, and CBP.

Mayor Garcia welcomed CBP to Edinburg and thanked them for helping develop infrastructure that will make it easier for people to travel to Edinburg. “This is going to help us take that next step to become a destination city,” “As of today, international travelers and merchandise will be able to clear customs without having to make a pit-stop in another city, but fly directly into Edinburg.”

The Customs Facility located at the South Texas International Airport at Edinburg will allow international travelers to clear Customs in Edinburg. The airport is located at the intersection of I-69 Central and FM 490. It is a general aviation use facility that welcomes landings and departures of non-commercial aircraft. The airport is also home to The Texas Department of Public Safety Aviation Division for this region and is designated as the staging area for Texas Task Force One during emergencies.

This new facility is 4,500 square feet and will be staffed by two-CBP Inspectors for general aviation traffic. The $1.3 million project was a joint partnership between the City, EEDC and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection.

The South Texas International Airport at Edinburg is located at 1300 East FM 490.

More information about the South Texas International Airport at Edinburg available here: www.cityofedinburg.com/locateairport.php


Research Company Brings Jobs to McAllen

McAllen, TEXAS- Abt SRBI celebrated the grand opening of a state-of-the-art research call
center in McAllen, Texas on July 26th, 2016. With the assistance from the McAllen Economic Development Corporation
(MEDC), Abt SRBI is creating job opportunities in the research call center industry. Over the next five
years, Abt SRBI plans to hire and train a total of 170 new research interviewers with at least 15
supervisory and management jobs.
“With our region having an abundant young, bilingual, skilled workforce in the customer service
industry, Abt SRBI will not have a problem recruiting qualified candidates,” said Keith Patridge,
president and CEO of the McAllen Economic Development Corporation.
Abt SRBI, a subsidiary of Abt Associates, is headquartered in New York City with major offices in
Washington, D. C.; Cambridge, Mass.; and Chicago, employing more than 600 nationwide. Abt SRBI
is a trusted data collection company, conducting research survey campaigns in the areas of social policy,
election polling, health and transportation, among others. Their research and consulting services assist
governmental, academic, media and other non-governmental clients make informed decisions that
improve people’s lives and economic well-being. Clients include ABC News, The Washington Post, the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, University of Pennsylvania, Pew Research, and many other
federal, state and academic organizations.
“We are pleased to be part of the economic growth of McAllen, Texas with the opening of our call
center. We look forward to working with this very welcoming community now and in the future,” said
Abt SRBI President and CEO Michael W. Link.

The new Abt SRBI call center is located on Hackberry Avenue in McAllen.
For information or employment opportunities, visit their website at www.abtsrbi.com


Fox Valley Molding Expands Operation In Harlingen, Texas


Harlingen, TEXAS – Fox Valley Molding, a plastic injection molding company located here in Harlingen, in partnership with the Harlingen Economic Development Corporation, is pleased to announce the expansion of their operations. Fox Valley Molding, Inc., was founded in 1984 in Plano, Illinois. Fox Valley Molding is a custom processor of thermoset molding compounds and engineering grade thermoplastics, serving customers throughout North America. Many of their products are used in the manufacturing of appliances.

“Since we started operations in Harlingen in 2001, we knew this strategic location would allow us to serve our customers in the United States and Mexico faster and more efficiently saving us time and money,” said Don Haag, owner. “Harlingen is a city with long-term growth potential, and we are honored by the outstanding support we’ve received from the Harlingen Economic Development Corporation.”

“They will be expanding their existing facility and creating 28 new high skilled, high wage jobs that the city strives to attract.” stated Mayor Chris Boswell. These new jobs will increase Fox Valley Molding’s annual payroll by 35% over the next three years, with very competitive wages and good benefits for the new employees.

Lupita Gutierrez-Garza, incoming Chairwoman and President for Harlingen EDC, expressed her delight in the announcement: “The Board and staff at HEDC understand that real economic growth comes from the creation on primary jobs, and this project does just that. As part of our Business Retention and Expansion Program, HEDC staff reaches out to local manufacturers and helps with expansion plans or other issues that our manufacturers may face, to help them remain competitive in this global economy.
“Small to mid-sized manufacturing companies are the backbone of manufacturing base here in Harlingen, and we strive to help them grow whenever we can. Fox Valley Molding wanted some help with some of the upfront costs of setting up new equipment and with some of the expenses related to expanding the existing facility. HEDC presented them with a proposal to help with some of those expenses based on job creation and the investment being made by Fox Valley Molding,” stated Raudel Garza, Chief Executive Officer for HEDC.

Fox Valley Molding is located within the Harlingen Industrial Park off of FM 509 (an overweight corridor to the Los Indios International Bridge) and Grimes Road on the east side of Harlingen. The Harlingen Industrial Park encompasses approximately 530 acres of land, with only about 80 acres available for sale. There are over twenty companies with a total employment of about 1000 positions, and over one million square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space, with only a seven percent (7%) vacancy rate, within the Harlingen Industrial Park. The Harlingen Industrial Park is strategically-located only two miles away from the Port of Harlingen, one mile away from the Harlingen Aerotropolis, and 13 miles away from the Free Trade International Bridge at Los Indios. The Harlingen Industrial Park is home to other manufacturers such as Cardone Industries, Penn Aluminum, Aloe Labs, Pentair, Atlantic Tool & Die, ITD Metal Stamping, Pan American Hydrogen, and more.
Over the last four years, this concerted effort to bring in primary jobs to Harlingen has resulted in a drop of about four percentage points from 9.1% in August 2012 to a 5.2% rate this past May. That trend is expected to continue as our industrial base grows, and as our healthcare industry grows as well.

For more information on opportunities in the Harlingen area, please visit www.harlingenedc.com.

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VIA Upgrades Will Promote Safety, Reduce Delays and Cancellations

55c8043740926.imageValley International Airport boasts the longest runway in South Texas at 8,300 feet.

To ensure its optimum performance, the edge lights on the runway will be upgraded.

This is among improvements to the airport planned to get underway soon with a $4.5 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.

“This will help guide pilots to the runway during inclement weather situations and reduce the need to divert to other facilities,” VIA Director of Aviation Marv Esterly said.

VIA will supplement the grant funds with a 10 percent match.

The first project will relocate the perimeter access road used by aviation fueling companies and emergency response vehicles to transition from the east side of the airport to the commercial carriers on the west side.

The new route will be clear of all runway movement areas and be located outside of designated runway safety areas.

The second project will update 37 painted airfield pavement signs to highly visible Thermoplastic signs. This will reduce maintenance expenses associated with painted signs and improve visibility to pilots both…

Read more at The Valley Morning Star.

Valley International Airport Receives 4.5 Million FAA Grant

logoMainValley International Airport (VIA) recently submitted and received 4.5 million dollars in grant funds from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program for various capital improvement projects on the Airport. These funds coupled with a 10% match from VIA will help promote safety and improve on the number airline weather delays and cancelations during inclement weather.

The first project will relocate the perimeter access road used by aviation fueling companies and emergency response vehicles to transition from the east side of the Airport to the commercial carriers on the west side of the Airport. The new route will be clear of all runway movement areas and be located outside of designated runway safety areas.

The second project will update 37 painted airfield pavement signs to highly visible Thermoplastic signs. The upgrades will reduce maintenance expenses associated with…

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BCIC Now Accepting Funding Requests for Capital Projects

11822785_799051833544486_4963079570564560784_nBrownsville Community Development Corporation is now accepting funding requests for capital projects that improve the community’s quality of life. Each year BCIC allocates a portion of its funds to provide community grants. For Fiscal Year 2015, BCIC will have two cycles. BCIC is now accepting applications for cycle 2 until September 30th, 2015. Each cycle, the board will award $450,000 to quality of life capital projects. Click HERE for more information.

Three-year Study Targets Retail Growth in Weslaco

Anticipating more than 6 percent population growth in the Mid-Valley’s primary retail trade area, the Weslaco Economic Development Corp. has agreed to a three-year study aimed at identifying the city’s strengths and implementing a plan to spur additional growth.

EDC Executive Director Joey Treviño said the corporation, in partnership with the City of Weslaco, has contracted The Retail Coach, a market research and retail recruitment firm, to conduct the study. At a cost of about $40,000, Treviño said the firm will provide retail trade area determination, a retail gap analysis, demographic and psychographic reports and a workplace population study.

The purpose is to identify a “broader region from which the city is attracting consumers,” the retail goods and services that consumers are finding outside of Weslaco and to differentiate between those who live and work in the city.

On the psychographics analysis, Treviño said trends in formal wear, electronics and furniture will be considered.

“They get a little more specific,” Treviño said of The Retail Coach’s approach. “The idea is we have pretty much a retail trade area that encompasses the Mid-Valley, and it looks like we have 182,000 people in that primary retail trade area. It was mapped out as far as what we’re looking at, and what we’re looking at is 6.4 percent growth in the next five years.”

The director said such growth may bring the Mid-Valley’s population to about 200,000 by 2020.

With regard to the scope of the studies, Treviño said the firm will also examine potential sales in several areas, and will determine whether the gap analysis — the study that identifies the products consumers are leaving Weslaco for — will show a surplus or leakage in those shopping in…

Read more at The Brownsville Herald.

McAllen Pedestrian Bridge Installed at Bicentennial Trail

Photos courtesy of the McAllen Monitor.

Photos courtesy of the McAllen Monitor.

The city’s first pedestrian-only bridge was installed over the irrigation canal that runs parallel to the Bicentennial Hike and Bike Trail recently.

The bridge is meant to connect the recreational path near Wisteria Avenue and lead hikers and bicyclists on a safe route across railroad tracks in north McAllen close to Bill Schupp Park.

55bf96d85e75d.imageCity commissioners approved a contract with Foremost Paving Inc. in October for $149,000. It was nearly $70,000 over the initially planned budget but the lowest bid that was submitted. Foremost Paving Inc. is a construction firm based in Elsa and commissioner Trey Pebley works as its chief administrative officer. Pebley recused himself from voting on the project.

In late June, commissioners approved a change order for $10,625 to be paid to Foremost Paving Inc. for additional site work. Fees paid to AEP Texas totaled an additional $4,268 too. In total, the cost of the bridge was nearly…

Read more at The McAllen Monitor.