By DAVID A. DÍAZ
A powerful congressional delegation visiting Edinburg– and led by Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes – on Wednesday, March 27, learned from Mayor Richard H. García that the people of Edinburg and the Rio GrandeValley are standing on the precipice of greatness.
“Edinburghas helped lead the charge for this merger (of theUniversityof Texas-Pan American and UT-Brownsville) that will also bring us a UT medical school,” García told the gathering of political heavyweights at a welcome reception held at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance. “This will single-handily reshape the face of the entire Valley – educationally, medically, economically.”
García was joined by City Councilmember Elías Longoria, Jr. and City Manager Ramiro Garza, Jr. at the March 27 event, which was a regional fundraiser for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI).
The Edinburg mayor also serves as president of the Board of Directors for the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation. The EEDC is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council.
García updated the national, Texas, and regional leaders in attendance about landmark legislation, being championed by the Valley’s state legislative delegation, soon to be on the way to Gov. Rick Perry for his anticipated approval.
The mayor told the congressional leaders that the UT merger/medical school measure will transform deep SouthTexasinto an economic giant for Texas and the nation.
“We are now whereSan Antoniowas 20 year ago in age, population, and demographics, and they had their medical school,” García said. “They are now the second-largest city in Texas and seventh largest in the U.S. We expect to see the fruits of that labor in this area down the road.”
The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, with an annual operating budget of $736 million, credits itself as a chief catalyst for the $29.2 billion biosciences and health care industry in San Antonio.
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