Saturday, January 22, 2011

Mayor Cortez Delivers 2011 State of the City Address

McAllen Mayor Richard F. Cortez welcomed distinguished guests and visitors, including federal judges, State Representatives, the newly elected Hidalgo County Judge, the newly elected Mayor of Reynosa, and other dignitaries to the 2011 State of the City address, Thursday, January 20, 2011, at the McAllen Convention Center.
The event, themed “Celebrating Our Past, Building Our Future”, celebrated McAllen’s 100th Anniversary as a city.
“What a rich history we have to celebrate,” said Mayor Cortez, in his opening remarks. “From a small dusty spot near the Rio Grande to a vibrant, modern American city on the border, McAllen has shown time and time again that it is truly a city without limits.”
Mayor Cortez paralleled the use of a horse trough and hitching post, used by early settlers to attract business to downtown, to building assets in modern times.
“While we may no longer be in the business of building hitching posts, we are certainly still in the business of building and protecting assets that will attract the next generation of citizens to our City,” he said.
But the Mayor said future growth must be “quality growth” for McAllen. He said City leaders must attract “one of a kind” retailers to secure the City’s position as the top retail destination in South Texas. One such way to do that is by planning the future of the Boeye Reservoir site, available for use in the latter part of 2011. The reservoir, currently located at the eastbound Expressway 83 frontage road and Bicentennial Boulevard, is being moved south of the McAllen Airport.
Fry’s Electronics, Cabela’s and Costco are among some of the “one of a kind” retailers the Mayor ...
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Upper Valley Cities Ranked as 'Safest' in the Nation

From shoppers to students to stylists, everyone seems to have an opinion on the new safest city ranking that places McAllen, Edinburg--Mission smack on the map.
"I do agree, it's a nice place to live," Arnold Barajas said.  "[I feel] Safe and sound."
"It makes me feel good... coming from Dallas," James Miller said. "There's a lot of crime out there... So it makes me feel good knowing I'm safe out here."
The Farmers Insurance Group study ranked the tri-city area as 14th on the list of "most secure places to live" and used a number of factors to come up with that ranking which included: crime statistics, extreme weather, risk of natural disasters, foreclosures, terrorist threats and job loss numbers.
The study divided communities into three groups based on size and listed McAllen, Edinburg--Mission as a large metropolitan area with 500,000 or more residents.
Arnold Barajas calls Edinburg home.
The master barber at Chuy and Chachi's off University Drive isn't surprised to hear the area is a cut above the rest.
"I've been working here for 10 years and never had a problem," Barajas said. "Everything has been normal, cool."
James Miller moved back to the Valley from Dallas.
The Nikki Rowe High School alumni said he had no worries taking his family to anywhere on the region listed.
"Home, movies, park... Anywhere... I feel safe down here anyway."
This is the seventh annual "most secure U.S. places to live" rankings from Farmers Insurance Group.
While listed among the top 20, McAllen, Edinburg—Mission fell 7 spots from last year.
Here are the Farmers Insurance Group's Most Secure U.S. Places to live for 2010:
Large Metro Areas (500,000 or more residents)Madison, Wis.
Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa
Syracuse, N.Y.
Austin-Round Rock, Texas
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Maine
Rochester, N.Y.
Honolulu, Hawaii
El Paso, Texas
Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, Md.
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Wash.
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minn.
Nassau-Suffolk Counties, N.Y.
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn.
Raleigh-Cary, N.C.
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, N.Y.
Wichita, Kan.
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y.
New Haven-Milford, Conn.
Mid-Size Cities (150,000 - 500,000 residents)Olympia, Wash.
Sioux Falls, S.D.
Bellingham, Wash.
Kennewick-Richland-Pasco, Wash.
Fargo, N.D.-Moorhead, Minn.
Rochester, Minn.
Duluth, Minn.-Superior, Wis.
Binghamton, N.Y.
Lynchburg, Va.
Burlington, Vt.
St. Cloud, Minn.
Green Bay, Wis.
Yakima, Wash.
Appleton, Wis.
Spokane, Wash.
Bremerton-Silverdale, Wash.
Boulder, Colo.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark.
Las Cruces, N.M.
Small Towns (Fewer than 150,000 residents)Lewiston, Idaho-Clarkston, Wash.
State College, Pa.
Ithaca, N.Y.
Bismarck, N.D.
Logan, Utah
Wenatchee, Wash.
Morgantown, W.Va.
Billings, Mont.
Corvallis, Ore.
Midland, Texas
Sioux City, Iowa
La Crosse, Wis.-Winona, Minn.
Elmira, N.Y.
Rapid City, S.D.
Oshkosh-Neenah, Wis.
Eau Claire, Wis.
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, Wash.
Fond du Lac, Wis.
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, Va.
Grand Forks, N.D.-Crookston, Minn.
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Zambra Express Cuisine Celebrated Their Grande Opening in San Juan

Author: San Juan EDC

San Juan – The San Juan Economic Development Corporation proudly announce another business has opened in San Juan. Located on the corner of FM 495 and Veterans Blvd, Zambra Express Cuisine opened on the 5th of this month and celebrates their grand opening on Saturday, January 15 at Noon.

San Juan EDC President Jose Santillan states, “On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are proud to welcome Zambra Express Cuisine to San Juan and we wish the Zambrano family many years of success.” The San Juan EDC is assisting in coordinating this grand opening as part of their Business Expansion and Retention Program.

Serving various foods such as salads, subs, burgers and tacos, Zambra Express will offer a 2-for-1 Grand Opening Special from 2:00PM - 6:00PM through the end of the month. “The best part of Zambra Express is the convenient salad bar, which offers a variety salad choices and dressings unlike any other,” states Savannah Bravo, SJEDC Project Specialist.

Opened Monday thru Sunday from 10AM - 10PM, the restaurant takes reservations for larger groups and will cater for special events. For take out orders, customers can call 956-502-5411. The public is invited to attend this Grand Opening Celebration to welcome Zambra Express Cuisine to the City of San Juan. Please contact San Juan EDC for more information at 956-783-3448. Become a San Juan EDC fan on FaceBook and search: Zambra Express Cuisine for all the latest updates on the restaurant.

SJEDC Contact:
Miki McCarthy, SJEDC Director

Zambra Express Cuisine
Jesse Zambrano, owner
1118 N. I Rd. San Juan, TX 78589