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Publisher’s Word: San Antonio Mayor Meets with Valley Mayors

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Ron Nirenberg. San Antonio Mayor. Photo by Roberto Hugo Gonzalez

Texas Border Business

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It is rare that a mayor north of the Rio Grande officially visits the Valley. This past month, we had a visit from San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. He came to meet with the mayors of the cities of the Rio Grande Valley.

The following mayors attended the meeting that took place in a restaurant in Weslaco Texas: Edinburg Mayor Ramiro Garza; McAllen Mayor Javier Villalobos; Harlingen Mayor Norma Sepulveda; Mission Mayor Norie Garza, and Brownsville Mayor Trey Mendez.

The visit was to form an alliance to have a better representation of South Texas in the state and the nation. According to what was discussed, there will be more meetings, the next one to solidify the alliance. More in this issue.

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On another topic, Texas Border Business brings this story to everyone’s attention, it’s about elder abuse. Elder abuse is prevalent here and everywhere, and sometimes results in gruesome deaths for the elderly. This time we talk about the book, which is already on sale, titled Robert’s Story: A Texas Cowboy’s Troubled Life and Horrifying Death.

Robert East, a cowboy belonging to Texas cowboy royalty, lived the last years of his life under brutal abuse from unscrupulous and greedy people, who stripped him of millions of dollars and his precious ranch, the San Antonio Viejo Cattle Ranch.

The book was written by Stephen G. Michaud an internationally recognized author, writer, and editor. More inside this issue and don’t forget to buy the book it is on sale on Amazon.

Congratulations! – Governor Greg Abbott appointed Alejandro “Alex” G. Meade, III and Steven D. Alvis to the Texas Transportation Commission. The Commission governs the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and is responsible for policymaking regarding the state’s highway system, developing a statewide transportation plan, assisting the development of public transportation, and adopting rules for TxDOT’s operation.

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More news – Small business owners applaud the Senate’s passage of (SB 5) which would provide meaningful tax relief for local job creators. Introduced by Senator Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound), SB 5 increases the inventory tax exemption and offers a credit toward the franchise tax.

Angela Burton, district director for the SBA’s Lower Rio Grande Valley District, announced the 2023 District Small Business Week awardees for five small business categories.

Congratulations to Arely Lugo, Beautiful Beginnings Child Care Learning Center, LLC as the Lower Rio Grande Valley District’s Small Business Person of the Year.”

The SBA Small Business Person of the Year award – part of National Small Business Week April 30-May 6, 2023 – recognizes small business owners who demonstrate staying power and substantiated history as an established business with at least three years of business operation. More inside. 

State news – “Texas leads the nation once again, creating more jobs last year than any other state and growing faster than the nation as a whole,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “I am proud that more Texans are working than ever before, and I thank Texas employers for their ongoing investments in the best workforce in America. Texas offers unmatched economic opportunities for hardworking Texans across this great state, but we cannot be complacent as we build the Texas of tomorrow. In this legislative session, we will continue expanding opportunity by cutting property taxes and investing in workforce development, infrastructure upgrades, and strategic economic development tools to ensure Texas remains the best state to live, work, build a business, and raise a family.”

More in this issue, Enjoy!

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