Pharr EDC Continues to Promote Positive Business Environment


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Business Appreciation Reception and Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies to Be Held This Week

Pharr, Texas – In an effort to continue fostering positive relations within and among the Pharr business community, the Pharr Economic Development Corporation (PEDC) will host a series of events this week to support and promote Pharr’s flourishing business environment. As the economic development branch of the city of Pharr, the PEDC serves to support new and existing businesses across various industries in the relocation and expansion process. The PEDC also aids in strategic business planning for growth and prosperity, and advancing commerce in Pharr.

To demonstrate its appreciation to local businesses, franchise owners and investors who are driving prosperity in Pharr, the PEDC, along with Business Adviser Magazine, will host a Business Appreciation Reception at the Boggus Ford Events Center on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 6:30 pm. The following day, Friday, September 4, 2015, Pharr EDC will host ribbon cutting ceremonies for the newly-renovated Comfort Inn and Suites at 12:00 pm, and to commemorate the grand opening of Stormy Colors Bar & Grill at 3:00 pm (see attached invitations).

Promoting a positive business environment was initially championed by the Pharr EDC Board of Directors at the behest of Pharr Mayor and EDC chairman Dr. Ambrosio “Amos” Hernandez. As such, the idea for a Business Appreciation Reception was formulated to express appreciation and commitment by the city to businesses of all sizes. The reception will enable businesses in Pharr to cultivate relationships with each other, and with City of Pharr elected leaders and department directors. Directors will be on hand to convey the city’s goals in regard to business development, encouraging a better quality of life, and creating a better environment for the future.

“We are in a unique position to be able to support our business partners,” said EDC interim executive director Sergio Contreras. “The Pharr EDC recognizes the challenges of running a business. We want to thank them for being part of our growing community, and we want all of our business community partners to know that we continue to support their efforts.”

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City leaders are moving quickly to make the most of its potential for growth. The valuation for all permits, residential and commercial, totaled to more than $123 million from January 2014 to July 2015.

Pharr has seen a dramatic increase in industrial development that will support the city’s logistical and cold storage unit operations adjacent to its Port of Entry. The Pharr EDC recently sold four commercial lots that are located in its Produce Park, which will bring about $8 million in cold storage unit construction plus jobs.  The Produce Park is also gaining momentum. Groundbreaking ceremonies are scheduled to take place in the coming months.  In addition, a private investor is constructing an $8 million 100,000 square foot commercial building that will increase logistical trade. 

These projects, along with the ribbon cutting ceremonies scheduled for this week for two businesses in the services and hospitality industry, are indicative of Pharr’s continued growth and commitment to expanding trade, industry and commerce.

“We invite the entire business community to join us at these special events this week. On behalf of the Pharr EDC, we want to say thank you for all of your efforts, and we ask that you continue to help us welcome, support and promote our Pharr business community.” Contreras said.