By Roberto Hugo Gonzalez,
As originally published by Texas Border Business newsprint edition February 2017.
It is with great pride that I write these lines to highlight Cesar de Leon’s ideas and plans. We were introduced by a mutual friend, Alonzo Cantu, who also feels that Cesar, a young professional and a Brownsville City Commissioner has the talent and the right attitude to aim as high as he wants.
It took me just a few minutes after the introduction to find out that he means well for the people that he represents in Brownville. If you are politician reading these lines, understand that being a true servant is no easy task. Cesar wants to make sure, that the City that gave him his formative years and education is better at all levels. That is why he is investing his time and talent in its service.
The City of Brownsville is a city that I have always admired. It has a beautiful history and follows great traditions of the area, and for years it has been a city that has represented our region in an admirable way.
In this issue, you will get to meet and know more about Cesar. He is an economist by profession and a lawyer by trade and the City Commissioner at Large, place A, for the City of Brownsville, Texas.
I know that you will enjoy this article.
On another note, we had great activity in some of the different cities in Hidalgo County. First, Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez, M.D., celebrated for the first time the State of the City ceremony. During the same day, the City celebrated 108 years of existence. Inside these pages, you will get to read how the city has evolved since Mayor Hernandez took over the leadership of the city. His administration has managed an incredible turnaround of a municipality that now shines.
McAllen Mayor Jim Darling also celebrated his yearly State of the City ceremony. McAllen, for years, has been a city that everyone follows. Mayor Darling said that he was proud to report that the State of the City remains robust and vibrant. In fact, in October of 2016, the City broke the record for the McAllen Chamber of Commerce Economic Index. The unemployment rate for McAllen was lower than both the State and U.S. at 4.4% in December of 2016.
And in Mission, Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas celebrated the 80th Citrus Fiesta Parade and the Mayor’s International Brunch. While many are criticizing the Rio Grande Valley due to comments made by President Donald Trump, Mayor Salinas celebrated friendship with more than ten communities from Mexico that attended to this festivity. The governor of the state of Tamaulipas attended this traditional fiesta and said that he loves the Valley.
During Mayor Salinas’ speech, he indicated that he is on a mission to build a rail bridge in Madero, Texas. According to Salinas and the governor, they are ready to propose to the Mexican Federal Government to approve the permit and let the state of Tamaulipas fund the construction of the rail bridge on the Mexican side. To our knowledge, funding from a state entity has never done before; this could be the first time.
On another note, Edwards Abstract and Title Co. announced that Mayor Richard H. Garcia of the City of Edinburg and Mayor James E. Darling of the City of McAllen are both to participate as guest speakers during the 13th Annual State of Real Estate Forum. The State of Real Estate Forum to be held on Thursday, March 2 at the Edinburg Conference Center.
Enjoy this issue! TBB