Author Archives: Gerry Garcia

McAllen Ranks Best in Places to Live in the South on a Social Security Check

Survey conducted by Once again, McAllen receives another accolade for the benefits it provides its residents; this time, those on a budget. According to the folks at, McAllen ranks number one for anyone planning to retire on Social Security alone.  The financial website conducted the survey and found that half of the list includes cities in Texas, with other cities from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas. “This is such good news for many in our community who are on a fixed government income, including the elderly and others who will rely on Social Security for their retirement,” said McAllen Mayor Javier Villalobos. “While we hope to elevate the opportunities for our younger generations, with higher-paying jobs and more educational opportunities, having affordable housing and other amenities for those who live on their Social Security check alone is important to us, as well.” McAllen has the lowest average rent — $613…

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Spherion Staffing & Recruiting receives Office of the Year award

Spherion Rio Grande Valley Office received during the Spherion Owners Meeting in Las Vegas, NA, the ” Office of The Year 2021″ and “Administrative-Clerical Office of the Year” awards due to their outstanding performance, revenue, profit, and high service. Spherion Corporation recognizes its best performers between 200 locations across the US every year. They wish to thank their clients and partners for allowing them to support their needs efficiently and to face their hiring challenges together. Thank you for trusting Spherion and the RGV Team.

The City of McAllen and LiftFund offer interest-free loans to support small businesses

The program offers 0% interest loans to growing small businesses and startups The City of McAllen and nonprofit small business lender LiftFund are aiming to help small business owners seeking to grow or begin a new business by offering interest-free funding. The program offers zero percent interest loans to small business owners who do not have access to acquire loans through more traditional sources. Loan amounts will vary based on the size and need of the business and the funds may be used for working capital, payroll, equipment, inventory, and other business-related purposes. “The City of McAllen and LiftFund have a long-standing partnership in support of the small business community,” said Roel “Roy” Rodriguez, P.E., McAllen City Manager. “Our Zero Percent Loan program is a great opportunity to support small businesses with access to funding during these tumultuous times.” The City of McAllen and LiftFund launched the zero percent loan…

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VIDA “A Golden Affair” 2nd annual Gala

For 26 years, VIDA has helped over 6,000 economically-disadvantaged valley residents achieve a college education and workforce success through long-term career training. In 2021, VIDA assisted 464 participants pursue careers in target demand occupations and prepare them to enter the workforce earning family-sustaining wages. Our persistence rate was 93% and best of all, the average annual salary upon their graduation was $45,614! This is a true representation of human capital investment and aligning workforce skills with local industry demand. Join us on September 29, 2022, for VIDA’s 2nd annual Gala – A Golden Affair at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton in McAllen. Contact Christi Cantu at

Cambium Learning Group Recognizes Three Exceptional Teachers for its 2022 Essential Educator Awards

Cambium Learning® Group, a leading provider of award-winning education technology and services for PreK-12 markets, today announced the winners of its second annual Essential Educators Awards. During ongoing uncertainty caused by the pandemic, the Essential Educator Awards recognize teachers who surpassed expectations in their commitment to helping students and their communities. The award program aligns with Cambium’s purpose of helping all teachers and students feel seen, valued, and supported. The winning teachers were selected based on written nominations from invited school districts and partners across the country. As part of the awards, Cambium is donating $1,000 in each winner’s honor to the Kids In Need Foundation, which empowers under-resourced teachers and students by providing the supplies they need to succeed. An official from Cambium Learning Group will be in McAllen to present Ms. Veronica Balli with an award at 9:45 am on Thursday, April 14 at the Fields Elementary Library located…

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Beautiful Quinta Mazatlan receives many honors by the Valley Wedding Pages

Quinta Mazatlan was honored as the BEST Outdoor Venue, Upper Valley Venue, and Photoshoot Location.  The VALLEY WEDDING PAGES presented the award to Commissioner Pepe Cabeza de Vaca, Commissioner Victor “Seby” Haddad, and Quinta Mazatlan Events Coordinator Victoria Gomez. Follow Quinta Mazatlan on social media and visit the beautiful urban sanctuary for a walk in the woods and/or to book your special event.  

McAllen to be certified as a “Music Friendly Community” on Thursday, April 7

McAllen is among the cities of Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas, just to name a few of the 30 most glorified cities, to receive the official Music Friendly Community designation in the great state of Texas, and the first city to receive the designation in the Rio Grande Valley! As a Music Friendly Community, McAllen is fostering a music scene that will reflect the vibrant and diverse heritage of the RGV. “Being designated a Music Friendly City acknowledges the many opportunities available for live music in the city and shows support for local artists and venues. The City of McAllen encouraged such entertainment as seen in various outdoor events held throughout the year,” said Commissioner Omar Quintanilla, District 3. “The City of McAllen is very proud to have earned the designation as a Music Friendly Community and we strongly believe it only reinforces what we know to be true, that…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Lizcano and Lemaux To Texas Commission On Law Enforcement

March 22, 2022, | Austin, Texas | Appointment Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Mario Lizcano and reappointed Kim Lemaux to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) for terms set to expire on August 30, 2027. The commission establishes and enforces standards to ensure that the people of Texas are served by highly trained and ethical law enforcement, corrections, and telecommunications personnel.Mario Lizcano of Pharr is an administrator of corporate affairs at DHR Health. He is certified as a volunteer firefighter with the State Firefighters’ & Fire Marshals’ Association and has served as a basic emergency medical technician with the Texas Health and Human Services for a combined 20 years. Additionally, he is Chairman of the board of the Greater Pharr Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chairman of the Pharr Economic Development Authority, incoming President of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, and Board President of Pharr Housing Authority. Lizcano received a…

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All Creatures Family Vet Hospital Now Hiring

All Creatures Family Vet Hospital is now hiring very enthusiastic pet lovers that are willing to learn and to have excellent customer care. Experience is not necessary but this could be a plus. We are looking for vet tech assistance and receptionists. Our hours of operation are from Tuesday to Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays from 8:00 am to 12 pm. Salary is based on experience starting at $11.00 an hour. We also, Offer 401K and other benefits. Please send your résumé at: Attention Dr. Garcia-Camacho

Looking for the right job and the right fit? Are you ready to start an entrepreneurial role? Are you ready to finally be in a position to succeed and to grow? Join UnitedHealthcare! If you think you have what it takes to start your own business, come to our Hiring Event! We will provide the tools, resources, guidance, and support that you need to start and develop your own business. You will in business for yourself but never by yourself. Join the best sales team in the RGV! Join UnitedHealthcare! UHC Hiring Event When: Wednesday, February 16th, 2022 Where: 4900 W. Expy 83, Ste 114. McAllen, TX 78501 at Centennial Business Center Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm Come prepared to meet your team and bring your resume! Business Professional Attire

Stripes® Stores Announces Seventh Annual Fundraising Campaign for MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital

The state-wide campaign aims to top $5.8 million raised to date for pediatric cancer programs. (Dallas, Texas) September 1, 2021 – Stripes® Stores at 7-Eleven, Inc. kicks off its seventh annual MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital instore fundraising campaign today in locations across Texas. Benefiting The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the campaign will run in more than 570 stores across Texas and Louisiana from September 1 through September 30 as part of Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. “We’ve dedicated September as Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month in our stores to raise funds for children with cancer in our local communities. Since 2014, we have collaborated with MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital to help make a difference in pediatric cancer patients’ lives through emerging treatments. With the help of our passionate team members and generous customers, we can continue to support pediatric cancer research and fund camps and educational programs in the hospital,” said…

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VIDA celebrating 25th Year Anniversary

Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement (VIDA) is celebrating 25 years of ending poverty in South Texas through the power of education!   Celebrate with us on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. at Orchidee Studios in North McAllen. Help us recognize our Investment Partners; The Development Corporation of McAllen and the Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation, Employer Partner; Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance; Training Partner; South Texas College; Community Partner; Valley Interfaith and a Special Recognition to Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez, M.D. For sponsorships and individual tickets, please contact Christie Cantu at (956) 903-1900 Ext. 106 or (956) 534-3159