New Year, New Hidalgo County Judge

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By Roberto Hugo Gonzalez

As originally published in Texas Border Business newsprint edition February 2019

First of all, Happy New Year to everyone! Many of you will agree with me that 2018 went by too fast. Will 2019 be the same? We’ll find out very soon.

On January 2, former McAllen Mayor Richard Cortez became Hidalgo County Judge. He is the second McAllen resident, after Judge Eduardo “Ed” Gomez to lead the county.

One thing is for sure, Cortez brings with him a lot of experience, after leading the City of McAllen for eight years. McAllen, without a doubt, is a city that has been at the front of progress and has been an example to follow by other cities. Many of the adjacent communities are doing great work as well.

Cortez’ message after he took the oath of office is that we must work together. “Even though, sometimes we compete against each, it’s ok,” he says.

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The “working together” if I understood correctly, will make the county stronger and solve the challenges of the twenty-first century. The technology available today requires a different approach. He said, “how do we train people for jobs that do not exist yet?” In his point of view because of technology changing at such a rapid pace, sometimes we do not know what’s in the future. That is why it’s important, like he says, “to work together.” Congratulations to Richard Cortez; you are an accomplished professional!

This issue also brings two anecdotes of interviews I did more than three decades ago; first, Glen Roney and then Paul Moffitt. Both have left this earth; however, they left a legacy of good work. Both were visionaries and invested much of their time to start the maquila program that the Valley has today. I recommend reading both stories and you will understand the tremendous work both men did to lay the foundation for McAllen Economic Development Corp.

I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to have met both men and the pleasure of listening to answers to my questions.

Good news, the city of Edinburg is leading the deployment of the 5G small cell technology. The technology hasbeen long overdue. Some other cities arealready on the band-wagon. However, Edinburg leads the way. In order to write this article, Texas Border Business met with J.D.Salinas the Assistant Vice President External & Legislative Affairs at AT&T Services Inc.  Congratulations to Edinburg. More inside.

Weslaco: The Economic Development Corporation of Weslaco announced the opening of the Texas Aviation Academy (TAA) Part 141 flight school, a full-service aviation provider.

The owner Jeremy Reiley, of Harlingen, secured a long-term lease at the Mid Valley Airport in Weslaco, through an EDC incentive package earlier this month with plans to begin enrolling students in the flight school in January/February 2019.  TAA is affiliated with Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia and considered to be one of the top faith-based universities offering a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics as well as traditional means of financial aid. Welcome Jeremy Reiley to the Valley!

More inside, I know you’ll enjoy!

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