19th Annual LRGV Water Quality Management & Planning Conference

Emily Rogers and David Méndez presented at the 19th Annual Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Quality Management & Planning Conference, hosted by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on March 23-27.

BHDA is proud to return to this important conference each year and take part in the discussions surrounding the interplay of water/environmental, economic, and infrastructure issues impacting regions of the Rio Grande Valley.

David Méndez moderated the panel Texas Water Development Board Financing: Demystified which provided regional municipalities and drainage districts with a holistic guide to applying for various TWDB financing programs. These financing programs can be used to fund projects to measure, manage, reduce, treat or recapture storm water or subsurface drainage water. Panelists included key representatives for all phases of a TWDB Financing, including:

· TWDB Rep – Mark Evans, Team Lead at the Texas Water Development Board;

· Bond Counsel – David Méndez, Partner at BHDA

· Engineer – Keith Kindle, Chief Operating Officer at Enprotec/Hibbs & Todd, Inc;

· Financial Advisor – Ben J. Rosenberg, Managing Director at U.S. Capital Advisors LLC;

Emily Rogers presented two topics, one of which discussed the legal and practical issues associated with using Lower Rio Grande irrigation surface water rights for industrial purposes.  She discussed the current status of the law, hurdles, and possible solutions.  Emily also presented a topic discussing the legal and practical requirements for obtaining the legal right to reuse groundwater and surface water-based wastewater effluent.  These two topics explored potential new water supplies and provided an opportunity to discuss innovative water supplies.

For more information on this year’s conference, visit: http://rgvstormwater.org/

Photos by UTRGV David Pike

Senator Hinojosa Announces $150 Million in Funding from TxDOT for US83/US 281 Interchange Project

AUSTIN, TX — Today, the Texas Transportation Commission(TxDOT) recommended $150 million in funding for the US 83/US 281 Interchange project in the Rio Grande Valley. The monies will come from TxDOT under the 2017 Unified Transportation Program which authorizes projects for construction, development and planning activities and includes projects involving highways, aviation, public transportation, and state and coastal waterways.

Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa issued the following statement:

“It’s exciting news that the Rio Grande Valley has been recommended by TxDOT to receive $150 million in funding. As one of the fastest growing areas of the state, infrastructure is key to continue the economic growth of the Rio Grande Valley. The Pharr Interchange is critical to the flow of traffic of the economies of Pharr, Edinburg, McAllen, Mission, and Weslaco.

Since last year I have made the Pharr Interchange project a top legislative priority. This funding is critical to improve our transportation system and infrastructure need that will greatly benefit our local communities. It will address the congestion and bottlenecks that presently exists.

We have had many meetings with our local elected officials, the Governor’s office, TxDOT staff and leadership, including Chairman Tryon Lewis and James Bass who made a visit to the Rio Grande Valley.

Thank you to the leadership of Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez, Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia, the Valley legislative delegation and the Hidalgo County MPO for working together to achieve such great success for our region. The strong local support and investment into these projects from our local communities played a key role in successfully obtaining these funds.”

Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez also issued the following statement:

“As Mayor of Pharr and Vice-Chair of the regional Hidalgo County Metropolitan Planning Organization, transportation and infrastructure improvements have been my top priority. Over the past 18 months, I have used my position to impress upon our local leaders, our state officials, and our federal partners the importance of bringing resources to South Texas to meet the demand of our growing communities. 

We have worked as a regional consortium with a long-term strategy to show that our area has the vision, the knowledge, and the commitment to plan, coordinate and implement viable, regional transportation and infrastructure projects and attract necessary funding to get them done. I am pleased that our state legislature, especially our State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, House Transportation Vice-Chair Representative Armando “Mando” Martinez, and the entire South Texas delegation, as well as the Texas Transportation Commission, have recognized the importance of projects such as the I-69 Interchange Expansion. On behalf of our citizens, I thank them for their support.” 

Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa proudly represents the counties of Nueces, Jim Wells, Brooks, and Hidalgo (part). Senator Hinojosa served as the Senate President Pro Tempore of the Texas Senate in the 84th Texas Legislature. Senator Hinojosa currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, and serves on the Senate Committees on Natural Resources & Economic Development; Transportation; Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs as well as the Sunset Advisory Commission.

RGV Foundation’s 29th Annual Golf Tournament

The RGV Partnership thanks all sponsors of the RGV Foundation’s 29th Annual Golf Tournament. It was an amazing day shared with great individuals from throughout the RGV. Proceeds will support our scholarship program to ensure that we continue to champion a skilled and educated workforce in our 4-County region!

Sergio Contreras Announced as President & Executive Director for the RGV Partnership

September 22, 2016 – The Rio Grande Valley Partnership is pleased to announce that Sergio Contreras, Executive Director of the Pharr Economic Development Corporation (PEDC), has been selected to serve as the next President & Executive Director.

“Sergio is uniquely qualified to lead the RGV Partnership in a time when our Valley needs bold leadership to unite and focus our efforts on the greater good. His vision aligns perfectly with the Partnership’s mission to advance prosperity to everyone with a stake in our regional economy,” said Anabell Cardona, Board Chairwoman.”

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