Publisher’s Word – “Victor Pérez: A Visionary Leader Steering Pharr’s Economic Renaissance”

An Inside Look at the Strategies, Initiatives, and Future Prospects”

Victor Pérez. Photo by Roberto H. Gonzalez

Texas Border Business

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In this in-depth article, we spotlight Victor Pérez, M. Ed., President, and Chief Executive Officer of the Pharr Economic Development Corporation (PEDC), whose unique blend of academic preparation and practical experience has played a critical role in transforming the economic landscape of the City of Pharr.

Under Pérez’s adept leadership, the PEDC, working in synergy with the Chairman/ Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez, the PEDC board, the city commission, and other stakeholders, has initiated numerous successful strategies aimed at boosting business opportunities, job creation, workforce development, and improvements to education in Pharr.

We delve into Pérez’s remarkable journey, the PEDC’s mission and vision, their innovative projects, partnerships, and community initiatives, and their strategic approach to anticipating and overcoming challenges.

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We also provide an insider’s look at the exciting developments on the horizon for Pharr. This article offers a comprehensive perspective on how dedicated leadership and collaborative efforts can drive sustainable economic growth and community enhancement. Read more about Pérez inside.

On another note, the Galactic Bi-National Concert was celebrated on May 4. The enchanting evening marked the formalization of the sister city partnership between McAllen and Apodaca. This milestone was marked with a Sister City Agreement signed by the City of Apodaca’s Mayor Cesar Garza Villarreal and McAllen Mayor Javier Villalobos, pledging mutual support in fostering business, trade and investments, educational and cultural exchanges, tourism promotion, and sharing of best practices.

The stage was alive with the spirited performances of high school orchestras from McAllen Independent District (M.I.S.D.), and the equally passionate student orchestras of SOMA from Apodaca, Nuevo Leon. The evening was a masterclass of melody, with compositions from some of the galaxy’s greatest composers such as Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, John Williams, and Michael Mogensen resonating through the auditorium.

Adding to the grandeur of the occasion was the iconic, resounding performance of the Imperial March from Star Wars music. Read the rest of the story inside.

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Good news – the Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport as it welcomed the inaugural flight for Avelo Airlines with a celebration. The airline is now offering direct flights from Brownsville to Los Angeles and from Brownsville to Orlando! More details inside.

A great gift idea for dad – the McAllen Heritage Center is pleased to announce that the event is once again partnering with Macaroni Grill of McAllen to bring you a great meal. The funds raised will benefit the McAllen Heritage Center whose mission is to preserve and enhance McAllen’s history and culture. More inside.


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