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Raising Awareness of Disabilities with Texas HireAbility

Texas HireAbility logo

Campaign connects employers with people with disabilities The Texas Workforce Commission is partnering with the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities and Texas Workforce Solutions for the Texas HireAbility campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities. Governor Greg Abbott has issued a proclamation for Disability Employment Awareness Month in Texas. The campaign is now in its second year and coincides with National Disability Employment Awareness Month to highlight the contributions of people…

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Mission EDC Launches Web of Women

Web of Women logo

Program aims to certify women in IT fundamentals The Mission Economic Development Corporation has launched a new program to provide free technology and computer science courses to the professional women of Mission. The Web of Women initiative gives women the opportunity to take a comprehensive five-week CompTIA IT Fundamentals Certification course. The course begins Oct. 17 and is for women with elementary knowledge of computers wishing to obtain a vendor-neutral…

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STC Receives CAE2Y Designation

STC is now a CAE2Y institution through 2022

Designation emphasizes college’s role in cybersecurity The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated South Texas College as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Security Two-Year Education (CAE2Y) institution through 2022. The designation, according to NSA and DHS, emphasizes STC’s role to address the critical shortage of professionals with these skills, and highlights the importance of higher education as a solution to defending America’s…

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Harvey: The Costliest Storm

An aerial view shows extensive flooding from Harvey in a residential area in Southeast Texas on Aug. 31. (photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel J. Martinez, Air National Guard)

Harvey cost to rival Katrina and Sandy combined Because of the extraordinary nature of Hurricane Harvey, it is largely impossible to know the full impact to the Gulf Coast region and the state and nation as a whole, at least until well after the full extent of the damage is seen. It is now widely recognized that the damages from Harvey will by far exceed the damages of Hurricane Katrina,…

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Mission EDC Welcomes New Interns

Mission EDC interns Miriam Montelongo, Stephany Lopez, Jared Stephens and Jesus Sanchez (photo Mission EDC)

Four UTRGV students to learn about EDC’s projects Mission EDC welcomed four new interns in July to the CEED Building. Here, they will work alongside professionals in their chosen field of study through December 2017. The Mission EDC’s internship program is a collaboration with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The program teaches students how their majors can play a role in the world of economic development – all…

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Mission CEED Building Accelerates Businesses

Jose Laguna and Ximena Alvarez from Foldio present their 3D printed products at a recent open house.

Innovative new businesses flock to CEED Building High tech, education and creative small business and startups have set up shop in the Mission EDC’s CEED Building to help create a magnet for innovation in the area and solidify the commitment to growing local enterprises. Not even a year old, the Center for Education and Economic Development has lured game developers, a 3D printing firm, the RGV headquarters for Teach For…

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Port Debuts New Marketing Tool

2017 Port of Brownsville Directory

Directory is comprehensive guide for potential clients The Port of Brownsville has launched its newest marketing and communications tool, the 2017 Port of Brownsville Directory, a comprehensive annual guide featuring in-depth articles, facts and details about the port and related industries. The full color, 82-page publication serves as a guide for prospective clients to learn more about the port’s role as a vital economic engine of the Rio Grande Valley.…

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Economic Boost from Under the Sea

UTRGV researchers are building one of the biggest artificial “low-profile” reefs in the Gulf of Mexico off the South Texas coast. (UTRGV photo by Veronica Gaona)

Man-made RGV Reef impacts local environment and economy Red snapper is one of the important commercial fish along the lower Texas Gulf Coast and researchers are building an artificial reef to help maintain and grow habitat for that popular fish and other species. In 2015 red snapper hauls totaled more than 2.2 million pounds, according to the Texas Almanac. That catch was worth more than $9.4 million. Researchers from UTRGV’s…

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Young Entrepreneurs Explore Smart-Farming 

Students perform repairs and modifications on a robot during the UTRGV Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center summer camp in June.

Camp combines farming and business The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s McAllen Teaching Site was crowded with eager IDEA high school students waiting to showcase their smart-farming robots, whose yield ultimately would determine the fate of their newly founded small businesses. Students cheered as the robots they had built collected simulated crops and piglets. The university’s Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC) this summer hosted its sixth annual summer camp for IDEA…

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Port of Brownsville Supports Wetlands Restoration

Proposed and expanded Carl “Joe” Gayman channel

Agreement with Rio Grande LNG supports Major Bahia Grande Wetlands A provisional commitment has been reached by the Brownsville Navigation District Board of Commissioners and Rio Grande LNG towards the restoration and enhancement, as well as preservation of the Bahia Grande wetland complex. The commitment includes the expansion of a pilot channel into a permanent and enhanced source of tidal flow to the Bahia Grande. Accoding to a press release from…

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