Texas Border Business
The McAllen City election date is May 1, just around the corner. Michael Fallek is one of the five candidates seeking the mayoral position. In this issue we bring to you more about Michael. This is an opportunity to get to know him better. Enjoy.
Good news: BROWNSVILLE – Josh Mejia, Executive Director of the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation (“BCIC”) is a recipient of the 2021 Economic Development 40 Under 40 Award, the biennial award recognizes rising stars under 40 years old in the economic development industry. Congratulations to Josh Mejia.
More good news: McALLEN – The idea of creating Bicentennial Boulevard back in the seventies, was to be able to extend the artery to the north. Even though in those years vehicle traffic was not as robust as is today, there were visionary leaders who could see what was coming today.
On Friday, March 12, 2021, Bicentennial Boulevard opened from Trenton Road to Auburn Avenue. This becomes the second extension of the original artery that used to end on Nolana. Read more in this issue and enjoy the photos courtesy of the City of McAllen.
More Super great news: EDINBURG – A Career and Technical Education (CTE) counselor from the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District was named the 2021 RGV LEAD Counselor of the Year.
Rachel Garza, a counselor at Economedes High School, was honored for her outstanding efforts to ensure that her students are college and career ready.
On another note: Dr. M. Ray Perryman President and Chief Executive Officer of The Perryman Group, says the “Stimulus is Imperfect, Yet Essential.” He pointed out that the latest stimulus comes with a price tag of $1.9 trillion, adding to the $4 trillion authorized last year. The final bill is a “mixed bag,” with numerous provisions crucial to sustaining the recovery but others less essential. More in this issue, enjoy…
Governor Greg Abbott announced the expansion of Operation Lone Star to include efforts to crack down on human trafficking related to illegal border crossings. As part of this expansion, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers and agents, as well as the Texas Rangers, will conduct interviews with unaccompanied minors who crossed the border to identify victims of human trafficking and gain actionable intelligence that will aid in the arrest of traffickers.
EDINBURG – Hidalgo County has begun offering Wi-Fi throughout select areas of the county that will provide free internet access to students living in underserved areas. “As more funding becomes available, we hope to expand the infrastructure in order to connect more homes,” said Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez.
Congratulations to Isabella Casillas Guzman, she was confirmed as the 27th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Guzman will represent the more than 30 million U.S. small businesses and lead an agency committed to helping small business owners and entrepreneurs start, grow and be resilient.
Fantastic news: McAllen High School’s basketball team made history! The McHi Bulldogs advanced to the rank of ELITE 8 and set a new record. McHi is very proud of their exciting achievement.