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.

First MOU Signing Ceremony Between STC and UTRGV

MEDIA ADVISORY – First MOU Signing Ceremony between South Texas College & University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will be on August 10.

WHAT: A ceremony during which a memorandum of understanding (MOU) will be recognized and signed in order to facilitate student success through seamless transfer from South Texas College (STC) to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV).  The MOU will create a framework for students and their advisors, in order for them to understand how courses will move between the two institutions.

WHERE: South Texas College – Pecan Campus

Rainbow Room (Library Bldg. F 2nd Floor)

3201 W. Pecan Blvd.

McAllen, TX 78501

WHEN: Monday, August 10, 2015

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

WHO: Leadership from both institutions will be in attendance including South Texas College President Dr. Shirley A. Reed and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley President Dr. Guy Bailey.

MEDIA: Representatives from South Texas College and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will be available for interviews and photos before and after the ceremony. Your RSVPs via phone or email are appreciated.549449c133fdd.imageSTC Logo Vertical


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.

UTPA/TMAC: Six Sigma Training & Certification


Week 1: Oct 5 – 8

Week 2: Nov 9 – 12

Week 3: Dec 7 – 10

Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Location: TBD

 All workbooks, software, texts books and meals are included, as well as certification!

Project implementation is required to obtain certification. Coaching for project implementation is also included.

Weeks 1&2 are Green Belt Training. Weeks 1,2, and 3 are for Black Belt Training.

Successful completion of two weeks of training and implementation of project will lead to a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. The cost for 2 weeks of training is US$5,000.

Successful completion of one additional week of training and implementation of project will lead to a Six Sigma Black Belt Certification. The cost for 1 additional week of training is US$3,000

Requirements to take this course are basic computer, math and statistics. Class is usually provided in English but our instructors are bilingual and can answer questions in either English or Spanish.

Advanced registration is required (Deadline to register is Tuesday September 15th).

You can register online at or fill out the attached registration form. (Click link for registration form… RegistrationForm14)

Feel free to contact Gabriela Sosa if you have any questions or need additional information. (956) 665-7089,

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.

BPUB Releases Drinking Water Quality Report

Courtesy of BPUB.

Courtesy of BPUB.

The Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) released its annual Drinking Water Quality Report, also known as the Consumer Confidence Report. It can be found online at the BPUB website, and it was also sent out to all customers as the June bill insert. People interested in reading more about BPUB’s water quality can also pick up a copy at the BPUB Administration Building.

The Drinking Water Quality Report is an annual report mandated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that provides consumers information about the quality of the water that comes out of their taps. It includes data on many different things, including the sources of water, educational health information as well as constituents found in the water. All drinking water, including bottled water, can contain some measure of constituents. The report also includes information on how you can contact BPUB with any questions or concerns.

BPUB’s water meets all state and federal guidelines for drinking water. In fact, BPUB has a superior rating for its water quality. These were some of the things that were discussed at a public meeting at the BPUB Administration Building to discuss this year’s Drinking Water Quality Report. BPUB employees were on hand to explain what all of the…


Group Offers School Immunizations

Texas Medical Association officials announced Thursday a back-to-school immunization campaign in time for the back-to-school season and National Immunization Awareness Month.

Beginning Monday, the “Be Wise — Immunize” program kicks off at the Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg, where TMA physicians, alliance members and local organizations will offer free and low-cost vaccinations for kids preparing for the coming school year, according to a news release.

Immunizations will be given in the Sam Risica unit at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, 5501 S. McColl Road in Edinburg from…

Read more at The Brownsville Herald.