By MARTHA McCLAIN
Special to the PRESS
Three Laguna Vista officials traveled to Austin last week to participate in Rio Grande Valley Partnership Day at the state capitol on Feb. 10.
Council Members Richard Hinojosa and Wanda Reyes-Rice and City Manager Rolando Vela attended the gathering designed to bring state legislators and Valley officials together before the official start of business for the legislative session.
The delegation was part of the event sponsored by the Rio Grande Valley Partnership, which serves as a Chamber of Commerce for the whole Valley, through a partnership designed to foster the relationships and coordinate programs that advance regional economic development.
Hundreds of Rio Grande Valley community, business and government leaders visited the capitol together to advocate on the region’s behalf on RGV Day. “It was the first time in the RGV’s history that cities and counties visited Austin together and pushed a regional agenda,” according to the RGV Partnership.
”We personally met with the Legislative Director Tony Gray with the office of Rep. Rene Oliveira to discuss the strip annexation problem with Brownsville and to urge him to file legislation,” Vela said of the trip. Oliveira serves as state representative for the Town of Laguna Vista.
”We also met that day with the state legislators, community, and business leaders throughout the Valley to better inform them of Laguna Vista,” he added.
At the reception held that evening, Council Members Richard Hinojosa and Wanda Reyes-Rice were publicly recognized. Leaders from throughout the Valley including Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy counties were represented.
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