December 16, 2013

The other day, during his T-ball practice, my 5-year old son became very visibly upset. At that age, kids are learning the fine skill of running the bases. The coach lines them up at home plate, and sends the first one on his way around the bases. The second kid is sent a few yards […]

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November 27, 2013

Message from the Chief Executive Officer Last week’s email included a list of things we were thankful for here in Harlingen.  I received a few other suggestions, and loved them all! No long email today for those of you expecting to read an additional 1000 words, but I did want to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving […]

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November 18, 2013

Message from the Chief Executive Officer As we approach Thanksgiving Day here in the US, many of us begin to reflect on why we celebrate this day:  to show gratitude for our blessings. So, here’s my quick take on Harlingen’s blessings: 1.  We are part of the United States.  We all know political views vary, but […]

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October 14, 2013

  Message from the Chief Executive Officer While in Philadelphia last week, I had the pleasure of visiting with several top corporate executives from different companies and learning more about their businesses. It was really enlightening to me to see a change in corporate culture now versus even twenty years ago. The bottom line was the […]

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September 23, 2013

Message from the Chief Executive Officer As I sat in our living room watching the UT-Kansas State game this past Saturday, my three little ones were playing with a good mix of toys. Some of their toys include Legos. If anyone has experience 2, 4, and 5 year olds playing with Legos, one knows that they […]

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September 9, 2013

Message from the Chief Executive Officer Much of what is going on at the Harlingen EDC over the last few weeks has been in the newspapers. It’s that time of the year when budgets are prepared, reviewed and acted upon for cities and their related agencies. In our budget process, we have to look not only […]

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August 9, 2013

Message from the Chief Executive Officer As most of our regular readers know, I typically start our newsletter with a small anecdote about something going on with my family and tie that story to economic development in general and sometimes to economic development in our community.  This week, however, I won’t be writing about my kids.  I’d like […]

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July 3, 2013

Message from the Chief Executive Officer It’s a great feeling to hear a toddler speaking, isn’t it? Toddlers babble. They mumble. They say things we don’t usually understand, but eventually they get to the age where one can actually HEAR what they said. My almost 22 month old daughter and I have a ritual of sorts […]

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June 22, 2013

Message from the Chief Executive Officer Some of you may know that I love the game of golf. I really haven’t played much in the last five years, because I love spending time with my family even more. However, I used to play a bunch when I was much younger. I started playing my sophomore year […]

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June 7, 2013

Message from the Chief Executive Officer So much for the shorter e-newsletters I mentioned a month ago…. This is the first week of summer vacation for most students and for some parents as well. The last few weeks of the school year and the first few weeks of summer seem to always be more hectic than […]

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May 6, 2013

Message from the Chief Executive Officer This week’s e-newsletter will be arriving to you in a different format…. sort of.  I know that I can be rather verbose at times and getting an email that contains 1000 words or more is sometimes too much for anyone.  So, from now on for a variety of reasons, my […]

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March 24, 2013

Message from the Chief Executive Officer Well, I know some of you may have thought we went on vacation during Spring Break, but we didn’t. I just took a break from writing this weekly electronic newsletter. I do have one observation about this particular Spring Break: it seems to me that the closer one gets to […]

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April 22, 2013

Message from the Chief Executive Officer Boys are interesting to watch at play, especially when they are in the three to five year old stage. When there is only one boy playing, he can go about his business like no other. My three-year old son, Christian, could play with his Thomas and friends trains for hours […]

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April 5, 2013

Message from the Chief Executive Officer Grades and Anticipation… One of the things that seems to always be a concern for most parents is the time when their child or children come home with report cards. Nowadays, six-week progress reports and semester grades are mailed out to parents. I received the progress reports for my two teenagers […]

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March 9, 2013

Message from the Chief Executive Officer My four-year old son and my three-year old son are both signed up for a Spring soccer league starting in a couple of weeks, so I thought it would be nice to get them ready. A couple of weeks ago, we broke out the soccer balls and cones and I […]

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March 1, 2013

Message from the Chief Executive Officer The HEDC Board of Directors held their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday. Here’s a recap of the meeting: CODEM – Rodolfo Sauceda, Executive Director for CODEM (acronym which translates to Matamoros EDC) gave a presentation on some of their activities. He indicated that Matamoros’ industrial base continues to grow, with a focus […]

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February 23, 2013

Message from the Chief Executive Officer Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a trade show in Anaheim, California on behalf of the Rio South Texas Economic Council, and of course, Harlingen. During the three days in Anaheim, I spoke with a variety of people who work in a variety of industries. Unbeknownst to many […]

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February 12, 2013

Message from the Chief Executive Officer Good Monday morning! This past week seems to have gone by so fast for us. Much of last week was spent following up on some items from the previous weeks’ Board of Directors’ meeting. We also have been making preparations for a trade show and a presentation to Leadership Harlingen. […]

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February 4, 2013

Message from the Chief Executive Officer  Good Monday morning! This newsletter is typically sent out on Friday, but at times, a bit later. Well, this one is later than most. I don’t think that’s a big deal, but if your Friday was ruined because I didn’t send out the newsletter, please let me know and we […]

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January 25, 2013

Message from the Chief Executive Officer My 4 year old son, Joseph, had “show and tell” at his school today. As you can imagine, four-year olds don’t usually make presentations, and thus find this type of activity difficult. For his assignment, Joseph took his 1st place soccer trophy to school. He also donned his soccer uniform, […]

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January 11, 2013

Message from the Chief Executive Officer I hope everyone enjoyed last week’s newsletter. The part written by our special ghost writer was really insightful. Just kidding! We took the week off from writing. All kidding aside, I hope you had a great holiday season. I don’t know about you, but I’m very optimistic about the coming year. […]

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