Economic Development

We drive economic growth by attracting and growing local businesses and investing in entrepreneurship.

1200 Ash Avenue, McAllen, TX 78501

(T) 956-682-2871
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We engage business leaders, public officials and the community to foster an environment that will help grow and strengthen our economy.

1200 Ash Avenue, McAllen, TX 78501

(T) 956-682-2871
(F) 956-687-2917

We are dedicated to bringing you the resources and connections you need to grow your business today.

1200 Ash Avenue, McAllen, TX 78501

(T) 956-682-2871
(F) 956-687-2917

We create productive public and private partnerships while serving as a reliable source for McAllen’s tourism industry to boost the economy.

1200 Ash Avenue, McAllen, TX 78501

(T) 956-682-2871
(F) 956-687-2917

Stay up to date on what’s happening in the McAllen business community. The Chamber keeps you informed and puts a spotlight on the events and activities of our partners.

1200 Ash Avenue, McAllen, TX 78501

(T) 956-682-2871
(F) 956-687-2917

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce helps local businesses thrive by creating economic momentum, accelerating connections and enhancing the quality of life in the region.

1200 Ash Avenue, McAllen, TX 78501

(T) 956-682-2871
(F) 956-687-2917

Newsroom

Fighting the World’s Misperceptions About McAllen

            While there are myriad positive, upbeat things happening locally, it sometimes feels as if McAllen and the Rio Grande Valley are under siege by the national media.

            Combatting the misperception that McAllen is a dangerous city is part of the job of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce's Convention and Visitors' Bureau, which is charged with marketing the City. So what exactly is being done?

            Naturally, most of what a Convention and Visitors' Bureau does is not seen here in town, since our job is to motivate people outside of the area to visit. Advertising (except to encourage shoppers from Monterrey) is not something within our budget so we concentrate on working with journalists, usually travel writers. If we can persuade writers to cover the positive aspects of McAllen, then potentially millions of readers will be exposed not only to McAllen's attributes, but also will receive the tacit message that people continue to visit the area and are perfectly safe doing so.

            The CVB staff spends much time working with journalists from all over the country and the world. We typically host between ten and twenty travel writers a year, and have averaged over $1,150,000 annually in positive editorial coverage value. That's more than a $62 to $1 return on investment!

Most of the writers who come to McAllen are interested in either McAllen as a Winter Texan destination or in the area's birding and nature opportunities. Fortunately, these are terrific strengths for McAllen and the Valley.

            We now have the ability to reach even more people directly by working with online writers and through our own efforts in social media.

            It's a changing world in so many ways. The McAllen Chamber's communication program continues to adapt to meet the newest challenges head-on and with a positive message about our wonderful City.

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