POSTED: Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 3:58pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 10, 2013 - 7:18am
MCALLEN, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — The fight over the location of a new medical school is the Valley appears to be dying down.
Rio Grande Valley lawmakers appear to be rallying behind a plan to build the new school near the University of Texas-Pan American.
Under the plan, medical student would spend two years at the Edinburg campus before spending the third and fourth years in Harlingen. An amendment reflecting that plan today passed the Texas senate committee on higher education.
Local leaders trumpeted the decision today at the McAllen Convention Center.
Local governments plan to contribute $50 million toward the project.
"This is not taking anything away from Cameron County, or Harlingen," said Edinburg City Manager Ramiro Garza. "It actually builds upon what's there, it actually builds a new campus in Brownsville as part of a merger of the universities, and expands upon what's here with Pan Am...We're trying to incorporate the massive amount of infrastructure at Pan American."
Officials hope the full legislation will pass before the end of the month. The timeframe for construction is still not known.