Jim Darling delivers first State of the City


POSTED: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 4:36pm

UPDATED: Friday, January 31, 2014 - 11:07am

McAllen Mayor Jim Darling kicked off his first State of the City event with a kickstand. 

He rode a bike into the Convention Center as a way of asking residents to explore the city. 

And during the event, the mayor had several wardrobe changes to fit the topic. 

"I thought there was a lot of energy here today, I thought people were excited, and a lot of people were given a lot of credit for what they were accomplishing," University of Texas-Pan American President Robert Nelsen said.  

Three projector screens showed the nearly 900 people in attendance some of McAllen's accomplishments this year, including the 311 phone app and the first McAllen marathon.  

City leaders also highlighted what they'd like to see happen moving forward. 

"I think we need to continue to focus on... attracting investments, and looking for ways to interact with our partners from Mexico," McAllen Chamber of Commerce Vice President Luis Cantu said. "And to bring more tourism."

A lot of emphasis was put in today's event on what the city is building.  It talked about the theater, the baseball park, the new hike and bike trail and the new university.  And the overriding theme was made in McAllen. So much so that they put it on t-shirts, and gave it out to everybody in attendance.   


"It's about being made here in McAllen making something happen," Nelsen added. "So all of those people were all contributors. They're making it happen."

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