Top News: Harlingen Economic Development and more

HARLINGEN, TEXAS (Nov. 7, 2019) – Harlingen Economic Development made headlines these past few weeks for being named an Elite Lone Star City by Global Trade Magazine; groundbreaking for UTRGV’s Institute for Neuroscience; Harlingen’s Valley Baptist Medical Center named in the top 100 best hospitals for orthopedic surgery, and so much more. Read all about it below!

HARLINGEN FEATURED IN GLOBAL TRADE MAGAZINES LATEST ARTICLE

Located in the Rio Grande Valley, along the border of Mexico, Harlingen was recently named the No. 1 Least Expensive Urban Area in the U.S. by the Council for Community and Economic Research. Though not a household name, Harlingen has become somewhat of a “best-kept secret,” with an economic climate that’s heating up as the city continues to attract more businesses thanks to its proximity to the border. But besides location, Harlingen offers incentives and workforce training programs from South Texas that make it a bargain for many incoming businesses.

“Texas is so appealing to many people because of our diversity in climate, culture, geography and much more,” says Raudel Garza, the manager, and CEO of the Harlingen Economic Development Corporation. “Our workforce training partners such as Texas State Technical College, with campuses throughout the state, work locally to help solve labor requirements for companies. Local utility companies along with the Texas Department of Transportation invest in Texas to improve access to electricity, clean water, great highways, rail and so much more. Texas has everything a growing company needs to succeed, from a young trainable diverse workforce to easy access to markets.”

Read more: Why these Elite Lone Star State Cities are Right for Your Business

UTRGV BREAKS GROUND ON NEUROSCIENCE BUILDING IN HARLINGEN

 The University of Texas of Rio Grande Valley broke ground on their newest building, which will focus on neurosciences.

The building, which will be located between Haine Drive and Whalen Road in Harlingen, will be a training site for future neurologists, psychiatrists and neuroscientists.

“This is a prime example of how community/university partnership can really transform a community,” said Ihsan Salloum, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Training and equipment will include clinic, diagnostic centers and studies on aging and neuropsychiatric disorders. Read the rest.

HealthGrades: 100 BEST HOSPITALS FOR ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY

Healthgrades released its list of the best hospitals for specialty care. See the full list here.

HOLLYWOOD MOVIE FILMING IN HARLINGEN

Adrieanna Aparicio was stunned to find out a Hollywood film crew is shooting a movie in town.

“Oh, wow!” Aparicio, a retail saleswoman, said yesterday at Valle Vista Mall. “It’s amazing they’re filming in Harlingen. It’s cool.”

On Wednesday, the crew began filming the movie “Gift of an Angel” along the city’s streets.

The film stars actress Alyssa Milano. For her, the movie — whose theme centers around a family’s separation amid the raging immigration debate — carries a message she wants to share.

“Now, Hollywood is talking about us,” Crysthal Diaz, a retail saleswoman and waitress, said as she walked into the mall. “It’s weird to us because we never get their attention unless it’s immigration or politics — unless it’s about the border wall.”

Read all about it here.

CITY LEADERS CHRISTEN BAXTER LOFTS

It was a dream that turned into one of the city’s most historic renovations.

Yesterday, city leaders christened the nine-story Baxter Lofts, the city’s first high-rise apartment that came after years of planning.

In July 2018, they broke ground on the $4.5 million project to renovate the city’s tallest eyesore into a 24-unit affordable housing development described as the cornerstone to the revitalization of downtown Harlingen. More.