TOP THREE: Harlingen Economy This Week

Harlingen Airport to get two new gift shops, grill

HARLINGEN, TEXAS (SEPT. 24, 2019) – Valley International Airport announces that two gift shops will be added at the airport along with a grill upstairs.

The gift shops will be operated by Tailwind Concessions of Wilmington, N.C. Tailwind is a company that specializes in providing gift shop, bar and restaurant service at regional airports. They currently operate at 23 U.S. airports.

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Convention center deficit projected; hotel set to open July 2020

The facility is performing better than expected in its first year, City Manager Dan Serna said, adding that they believe that trend will continue.

The convention center is projected to run a $202,389 deficit during the upcoming fiscal year – not bad for its first year of operation.

Jeff Hamel, the facility’s general manager, said the convention center is drawing local companies’ events while pulling conferences from the McAllen and Brownsville areas. Now, Hamel’s staff is preparing to host the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, the city’s biggest tourist draw, and a Comic Con convention in November.

Officials are also counting on the completion and opening of a five-story Hilton Garden Inn to boost the convention center’s revenues.

Read more here and see the numbers.

Small Business Administration’s State Trade Expansion Program open to RGV businesses

The SBA announced this week $500,000 has been awarded to the Texas Department of Agriculture to be passed out as grants to businesses seeking to expand markets beyond the U.S. border.

Angela R. Burton, the SBA district director for the Lower Rio Grande District, explained that the grant would help small businesses with things as small as marketing materials to trade shows.

Learn more about the grant.