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

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Future Medical School Means Transformative Growth in Edinburg

The City of Edinburg is already reaping the benefits from a future medical school before it even opens, according to city leaders.

From record numbers of building permits to fielding questions from interested parties regarding development in the city, a transformation is not so quietly taking place that will launch Edinburg into a new era of growth, according to city manager Ramiro Garza.

“With the new medical school opening, it has become a destination type of marketing opportunity not only for us but for the region,” Garza said. “We just see that as the additional benefit because we already know the benefits it brings to us by just having a medical school here.”

The UT Board of Regents has appropriated $196 million for construction, including $54 million for an academic building for the future UT-RGV medical school.
As part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by all the major cities in the Rio Grande Valley with the University of Texas System, Edinburg has pledged $1 million over the next 10 years to support the new medical school, which is slated to open its doors in 2016.

“I think in our case we saw it as an economic development project, for us and for everyone in the Valley,” said Edinburg City Manager Ramiro Garza. “We see the benefit that the medical schools have had in other areas of the country, we know that the impact it will have in our region, may be even more.

“We are going to be able to not only train doctors…..

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Edinburg Transit Terminal

$2.7M Federal Grant Awarded for Edinburg Transit Facility

The City of Edinburg, The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) and The Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council (LRGVDC) was awarded a $2.7 million federal grant that will be used to build a transit facility.

The facility will serve home to Valley Metro, and will be located on University Drive between Sixth and Seventh Streets on a little more than an acre and a half donated by the EEDC.

Edinburg Transit Facility

[Courtesy of KVEO]

The approximately 35,000 square foot facility will be a mixed-use project that will combine public and private transit service with office space, restaurants, a potential future rail line, and a parking garage. The project is a continuation of the McIntyre Streetscape recently completed connecting Edinburg City Hall, the University Of Texas-Pan American, and the Hidalgo County Courthouse.

“As we grow we know that…

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