POSTED: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 9:25am
UPDATED: Monday, April 22, 2013 - 1:14pm
McAllen, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — It's growth is evident, the Rio Grande Valley is booming, The U.S. Census Bureau named McAllen one of the fasted growing cities in the U.S.
And it's not only McAllen that's prospering, but many cities in the valley are also growing and becoming thriving future cities like Mission, Edinburg, Pharr, and San Juan, to only name a few.
Julian Alvarez is President and CEO of Rio Grande Valley Partnership, he says.
"We are going to be able to accomplish a lot, things like the merging of the universities and our transportation needs in South Texas…let me tell you…you couldn't ask for a better place to go."
Development of new roads and interstates, including I-69, additions to important universities, and a vibrant culture with attractive weather, it's no surprise to see the valley expanding.
One of those expansions includes are higher education, by 2014 UTPA and UTB will be home to the valley's first medical school.
UTPA President Dr. Robert S. Nelsen says,
" We're growing tremendously here at the university, we are up to 19,302 students and a new medical school…we've had the rack and that is the regional health academic center...there's one in Harlingen, one in Brownsville, one on our campus…and that was suppose to create the new medical school, but it's been there for ten years, so we're finally getting a medical school."
In addition to a new medical school, UTPA is also currently constructing a new and state of the art performing center which will be built by 2014. This also includes construction of new science buildings, both here at UTPA and UTB , those science buildings have already approved.
With so much growth and prosperity whis is taking place in the valley, locals who grew up here are noticing some big changes.
Kathleen Mackie of McAllen says,
"I was born and raised in McAllen and I have seen a lot of new restaurants, developments and the traffic, a lot more traffic."
Putting things into perspective the city of Brownsville has seen a near 30% increase in population in the past ten years. The city is also a potential center to build Space-X a new rocket launch facility. Stargate is already in Brownsville, so clearly the lower valley can be a strong center for space exploration in an already alluring and thriving area.
Alvarez sums up the RGV by saying,
" We have a jewel in South Texas…we have great climate…we have plenty of things to do…people mention that we have a staycation…we have a zoo..the people here..you couldn't find a friendlier group of people to associate with…the cost of living is so inexpensive and things are just happening in our backdoors."
Many believe these are just a few components shaping and molding the RGV to become a future roaring and robust region.