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PalmFest Celebration Brought Volunteers Together and Made McAllen Better

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By Roberto Hugo Gonzalez,

As Originally Published by Texas Border Business newsprint edition.

By commemorating the 10th anniversary of PalmFest Folklife Celebration, volunteers of this organization have made their city better. Whether they know it or not, they have made history and possibly for the majority of them they have a built a legacy of their own for future generations to enjoy.

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The idea for the celebration event was big from the beginning; now it has grown to more than forty thousand strong. Time after time, it’s proven, that when you involve the community in this manner it just grows by leaps and bounds.

For Elva Cerda and a group of very dedicated volunteers, it has been a monumental task. Working extra hours, planning, and implementing new ideas in order to make this celebration better year after year.

The McAllen City mayor, the commissioners, and staff from all the city departments have participated to make this event a success.

Any event, big or small, requires time, effort, money, and people.  People that have the good intention, commitment to work hard and to put in extra hours, working during weekends, and with no compensation with the exception of the satisfaction that comes when the goal is accomplished.  It is difficult to find people with those attributes, however, that is not the case in McAllen. The city is fortunate to have plenty of valuable people that step up to the plate and do what is necessary to get the job done.

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The PalmFest Folk Life Celebration 2015 EVENT ACTIVITIES will be held on Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4, 2015 at the McAllen Convention Center.  See you there!

Another big event happening is the Binational Innovation Conference 2015; this event will take place on Friday, September 25 of this year.

The conference begins on Thursday at the Instituto Internacional de Estudios Superiores (IIES) in Reynosa, Mexico where they will emphasize academic presentations and speakers will address the innovation theme for this year.  The conference at IIES also has a student element that consists of academic poster presentations of research conducted by the students.  The focus of the conference is on cross-border economic development within the region with a new innovation theme each year.

On Friday, the conference moves to South Texas College in McAllen, Texas and is focused on providing an economic overview for the region. Speakers will address the selected theme for this year, and there will be a panel of representatives from the Economic Development Corporations from the surrounding cities of McAllen, Edinburg, and Mission, and from Star County.  Student presenters from IIES will attend the conference at South Texas College, where they will present their research and participate in a business innovation competition involving the innovation theme for this year.

Don’t miss this event!

Great news is coming from Edinburg. Santana Textiles is now in the final stages of ramping up for production. Santana Textiles is a woven denim fabric company that will sell to companies who make jeans all over the world. So there is going to be a lot of spinning, indigo dying, weaving, and finishing.

Read more inside Mike Willis’ column.

I like this issue, and I know you will too! TBB

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