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The City of Edinburg is once again the top choice for shoppers. The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Monthly Sales Tax Allocation Summary released Wednesday, April 8, shows Edinburg with a 14.38 percent increase. The rise demonstrates the highest increase among other large cities in the Rio Grande Valley.
To develop community capacity and establish a sustainable community which will improve the quality of life in Peñitas, stakeholders met today to share their vision for the future of their community.
In his State of the City address, Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez said “the opportunities before us have never looked brighter.” Martinez, who delivered the speech Wednesday at the Brownsville Events Center before hundreds of people, said the unemployment rate is down to 9.03 percent; sales tax receipts are up nearly 7 percent over the last fiscal year; building permit values increased by 14 percent over Fiscal Year 2014; and revenue for Cameron County’s Veterans Memorial Bridge at Los Tomates is up more than 26 percent in the first quarter over the same time last fiscal year.
The city of McAllen applied Monday to host an upcoming 2016 presidential debate. Sixteen other cities — including Houston and College Station in Texas — also applied, according to the Commission on Presidential Debates.
The director of UT Brownsville’s STARGATE says the program has started to attract many of the “big players” in technology, including Google and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Christopher Wren, one of the architects of the Android operating system and a Google software engineer, will present a lecture titled “Just Google It” to UT Brownsville students at 10:30 a.m. April 14 in the Student Union’s Gran Salón.
In remarks at a luncheon held for RGV Day at the state Capitol, Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell made a strong case for Rio Grande Valley cities to work together for the good of the region.