Publisher’s Word: Bert Ogden Arena and HEB Park are One-of-a-Kind Venues for Enjoying World-Class Entertainment

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Texas Border Business

The Rio Grande Valley is a fortunate region for having great entertainment venues. In less than two decades, leaders in government and private sector have envisioned and brought to fruition facilities that many other regions would like to have.

In only the last five years, the HEB Park and the Bert Ogden Arena became a reality. That’s only a few years. Big names in the entertainment world have performed with great success and they are getting ready to come and entertain the Valley again. 

Now, Golden Grape Entertainment, LLC has brought onboard Ron Patel, a professional promotor and a sports lover. In this issue, get to know more about him and the plans for great coming attractions.

On another note, in this issue read about the brief encounter between McAllen Mayor Jim Darling and injury attorney Jesse Gonzalez. Mayor Darling told Texas Border Business about his brief conversation with Jesse. 

On the CARES Act: the federal funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act was about to become a feud. Small cities in Hidalgo County felt that the original share of the $63 million dollars relief had to be shared differently. More inside.

Rio Bank adds a good tenant to its new rise tower. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley signed a lease contract in a building that is strategically located on the expressway and close to the McAllen International Airport. Without a doubt, this is a big plus for the Rio Bank office building.

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The space will house the university’s institutional advancement, governmental, and community relations teams, along with offices for the president and other institutional leaders. Good choice!

Hidalgo County Commissioners Court recognized Edwards Abstract and Title Company for 140 years of devoted service to Hidalgo County and the Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday.

Team members and long-time employees from Edwards Abstract and Title Company joined Hidalgo County Precinct 4 Commissioner Ellie Torres, who sponsored the proclamation, and accepted the recognition via Zoom.

Congratulations! Hidalgo County 449th District Court Judge Renee Rodriguez-Betancourt was selected as the National Association of Social Workers (NLIC) Public Elected Official of the Year for the Texas/Lower Rio Grande Valley Area.

New Board: The Valley Symphony Orchestra announces that new officers and directors have begun terms with their board of directors effective June 1, 2020.

“These individuals bring a wealth of experience and skills to their positions and we are pleased to have them fulfill these roles with the VSO,” said Philip K. Brown, who will serve his third year as president in 2020-21. “They will be tremendous assets to the board and be key to delivering on our mission.”

On Tuesday, June 2, 2020, a former state representative and three previous members of the Board of Directors of the now-dissolved Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, along with three other prominent area leaders, were unanimously appointed by the Edinburg City Council to lead the city government newly created Economic Development Department. More in this issue.

The McAllen Economic Development Corporation announced a partnership with Jorge Torres of Interlink Trade Services to host an upcoming webinar on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The webinar will take place on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Attention small businesses in Harlingen, the City and the Harlingen EDC created a relief program that you need to be aware of to participate. There is almost $800,000 still available for qualifying businesses. More in this issue.


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