Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Harlingen has land for Valley medical school

Harlingen has land for Valley medical school
By Lynn Brezosky - Express-News Web Posted: 03/30/2010 4:58 CDT

HARLINGEN — This city's hopes of hosting a full-scale medical school in the Rio Grande Valley got a boost Tuesday when Mayor Chris Boswell announced a 35-acre land donation to site the facility.

The announcement accompanied a California consulting firm's presentation of a strategy to expand the Regional Academic Health Center, an arm of the University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio, into a campus where the Valley's first new class of doctors could graduate as early as 2021.

Some 800 UTHSC-SA students have completed their third and fourth years at the RAHC since it opened in 2002.

The RAHC has two buildings in Harlingen in addition to research branches at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg and the University of Texas-Brownsville. It is part of a growing medical complex in Harlingen that includes two hospitals, a veterans care center now being expanded and a comprehensive health clinic.

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Manufacturing Jobs Alive and Well Here, Says Rio South Texas Economic Council

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Manufacturing Jobs Alive and Well Here, Says Rio South Texas Economic Council  03.31.10, 09:27 AM EDT

EDINBURG, Texas, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Jobs. Jobs. Jobs. That's what Rio South Texas has in more plentiful supply than most U.S. cities. In fact, recently ranked McAllen and Brownsville the 3rd and 4th fastest growing job markets in the United States, respectively. Manufacturing jobs are front and center stage.

To ensure continued job health, the 21 economic development members of the Rio South Texas Economic Council (RSTEC) are collaborating to compete on the world stage to bring new manufacturing jobs to the region.

"We know what manufacturers want, and Rio South Texas delivers the goods," says Alma Colleli, Executive Director of San Benito Economic Development Corporation. "We are ideally located to offer the competitive advantages and global logistics companies are demanding. We have the low wage, skilled workforce in Mexican maquiladoras (assembly plants) across the border. The region also has the infrastructure and multi-modal transportation and distribution systems required to compete in the global market - international bridges, rail, seaport, major highways. We have the industrial parks and land to offer build-to-suit solutions. Finally, Rio South Texas has the capital, research base, favorable taxes, incentives and low cost of doing business in a business-friendly area that offers great quality of life."

Extensive research has uncovered six core industry segments that RSTEC will be targeting:
-- Auto manufacturing & suppliers...

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Perryman: McAllen Has Been a Great Place to Weather the Recession

Perryman: McAllen Has Been a Great Place to Weather the Recession

McALLEN, March 30 - When considering the best place destined to weather the current recession, there is no place better than McAllen, according to renowned economist Ray Perryman.

As the keynote speaker at the city's 2010 Economic Forecast Summit on Tuesday morning, Perryman gave his predictions on how the region will fare as the recession moves into the recovery phase.

“You couldn't find a better state to be in than Texas during something like this, you can't find a better city to be in than McAllen at this time,” Perryman told summit attendees. “That's not to say there haven't been hardships like job losses, but on virtually every truth that is right in evaluating cities and how they did, McAllen is somewhere in the Top 5 best cities to weather this whole situation.”

Tantamount to the region's success in the current downturn include some early net job growth, steady employment, and a “healthy set” of banks, Perryman said. The region has also piqued the interest of companies, who are looking for an ideal place for low-cost production.

“Companies are becoming absolutely obsessed with cost control in the economy, and that makes us more attractive in a lot of areas. So, we are forecasting growth over the next term,” Perryman said. "

By the numbers, experts at the summit predicted that jobs in border MSAs will likely grow from 1 to 4 percent in 2010 as a forecasted improvement in electronics and auto manufacturing will stimulate job growth along the border. Job growth in Texas will likely...

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