Harlingen Economic Development Corporation Sells Interest in TSTC University Center

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University Center building
University Center building

Texas Border Business

Harlingen, Texas – The Harlingen Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) recently sold its interest in the University Center building located on the Texas State Technical College (TSTC) for $4.4 million.

The 38,000 square foot building first opened its doors in August of 2011 and gave Harlingen residents and the region the opportunity to attend major universities without leaving the area. Currently the center partners with four universities: University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and Wayland Baptist University.

The purpose of the center has always been to provide better opportunities and options regionally and stands by their motto: Taking you further, keeping you near.


“According to the Perryman Group, the Rio Grande Valley is expected to lead the state in growth over the next two decades.” Cledia Hernandez, TSTC Harlingen Provost, said.

“And with the purchase of the University Center, TSTC is poised to meet the technical educational needs that will come with that growth. We are basically positioning ourselves for the future and see this as a great opportunity for our community and for the state of Texas.”

The HEDC has been occupying approximately 2,000 square feet for their office space and will remain to conduct their operations from the building.

“In just a few years we have planted the seed and it’s bearing its fruit,” Raudel Garza, HEDC CEO & manager, said. “We are reaping the benefits regionally as a trained and educated workforce enters the area.”

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