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UTRGV Professor named to Dallas Fed’s San Antonio Branch board of directors

UTRGV Professor named to Dallas Fed’s San Antonio Branch board of directors

December 2, 2017 (RIO GRANDE GUARDIAN)Dr. Marie T. Mora, UTRGV economics professor and associate vice provost for Faculty Diversity, is slated to become a member of the board of directors for the San Antonio Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.Read more


Palomarez: Entrepreneurial spirit drives Hispanics in U.S.

Palomarez: Entrepreneurial spirit drives Hispanics in U.S.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 (RIO GRANDE GUARDIAN)Javier Palomarez, President and CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, says that Latinos are increasingly becoming the face of entrepreneurship in America. Palomarez spoke at The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce “Buenas Tardes” luncheon on Thursday, where he gave statistics about the economic contributions of Hispanics in the country.Read more


Perez lauds UTRGV's Center for Innovation and Commercialization (CIC)

Perez lauds UTRGV's Center for Innovation and Commercialization

SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 (RIO GRANDE GUARDIAN)Weslaco City Manager Mike R. Perez says that the most exciting project for the city right now is the construction of the new Center for Innovation and Commercialization (CIC), a business incubator and entrepreneurial hub managed by UT-Rio Grande Valley Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship and Weslaco Economic Development CorporationRead more


Valley native quits Trump’s Diversity Council over DACA decision

Valley native quits Trump’s Diversity Council over DACA decision

SEPTEMBER 05, 2017 (RIO GRANDE GUARDIAN)A Rio Grande Valley native has quit President Trump’s Diversity Council over DACA. Javier Palomarez, president and CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, told Carol Costello of CNN’s Headline News that he disagreed with the White House’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program.Read more


Kroll: RGV, Reynosa, Matamoros need to unite to form international MSA

Kroll: RGV, Reynosa, Matamoros need to unite to form international MSA

AUGUST 15, 2017 (RIO GRANDE GUARDIAN)At the avanced manufacturing summit held on Friday, Dr. Mark Kroll, dean of the UTRGV Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship, explained that to improve the skill sets of the region’s workforce, the Rio Grande Valley must unite and develop the labor force in the Valley, Reynosa, and MatamorosRead more


Art, Science and Technology Meet in UTRGV’s Newly Founded “Fab Lab”

Art, Science and Technology Meet in UTRGV’s Newly Founded “Fab Lab”

AUGUST 18, 2017 (LA FERIA NEWS)Two faculty members at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley are teaming up to create a new place for people to design products using technology, science and art.Read more


Opportunities, obstacles for advanced manufacturing detailed in BiNED study

Opportunities, obstacles for advanced manufacturing detailed in BiNED study

AUGUST 19, 2017 (BROWNSVILLE HERALD)Dr. Mark Kroll, dean of the UTRGV Robert C. Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship, and Dr. Pablo Rhi-Perez, UTRGV professor of marketing and entrepreneurship, are some of the authors of a Bi-national Economic Development study, which aims to provide a foundation for planning a competitive, bi-national manufacturing clusterRead more


U.S.-Mexico border manufacturing summit examines barriers to local manufacturing

Dr. Mark Kroll explains Valley’s opportunity...

AUGUST 11, 2017 (BROWNSVILLE HERALD)U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, and Rio Grande Valley Partnership President and CEO Sergio Contreras hosted the U.S.-Mexico border manufacturing summit at UTRGV campus in Brownsville. The first panel featured Dr. Mark Kroll dean of the UTRGV Vackar College of Business and EntrepreneurshipRead more


Congressman Vela At UTRGV For Manufacturing Summit

Congressman Vela At UTRGV For Manufacturing Summit

AUGUST 11, 2017 (RGVProud)U.S. Congressman Filemon Vela made a visit to UTRGV for a manufacturing summit. Several panelists, including Dr. Mark Kroll dean of the UTRGV Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship met for a discussion on potential future opportunitiesRead more


UTRGV ranked 6th in the nation for its online MBA in financial planning

UTRGV ranked 6th for its online MBA in financial planning

AUGUST 11, 2017 (VALLEY MORNING STAR)The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has been ranked sixth among the 50 most affordable online Master of Business Administration in Financial Planning degrees in the country by master-of-finance.orgRead more


UTRGV Receives Funding for I-Corps Site

UTRGV Receives Funding for I-Corps Site

AUGUST, 2017 (VALLEY BUSINESS REPORT)The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is the recipient of $499,985 in federal funding to establish an NSF Innovation Corps Site. The I-Corps site, funded by the National Science Foundation, will be in the university’s Center for Industrialization and Commercialization.Read more


Inspiring Leaders in STEM at UTRGV

Inspiring Leaders in STEM at UTRGV

AUGUST, 2017 (VALLEY BUSINESS REPORT)UTRGV Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Havidán Rodríguez is an Inspiring Leader in STEM according to INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. Dr. Marie T. Mora from UTRGV’s Robert C. Vackar College of Business & Entrepreneurship, and Dr. Karen Lozano are also recognized for making a difference in the fields of STEMRead more


VCoBE's Center for Innovation and Commercialization (CIC) will host NSF Innovation Corps Site

Congressman Gonzalez Announces

AUGUST 3, 2017 (PRESS RELEASE)Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) $499,985 in federal funding to establish an NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site. The University’s Center for Innovation and Commercialization (CIC) will house the site and Dr. Mark Kroll will serve as the site’s directorRead more


2017 Inspiring Leaders in STEM Award

Marie T. Mora, Ph.D. Inspiring Leader in STEM Award

AUGUST, 2017 (INSIGHT)INSIGHT Into Diversity is proud to recognize leaders from underrepresented groups [including Marie T. Mora, Ph.D. from UTRGV’s Robert C. Vackar College of Business & Entrepreneurship, and Drs. Karen Lozano and Havidan Rodriguez, also from UTRGV] who are making a differenceRead more


UTRGV’s latest grant may be boon to local business

UTRGV’s latest grant may be boon to local business

AUGUST 9, 2017 (THE MONITOR)The National Science Foundation awarded the university $499,985 to establish what the call I-Corps Site at the university aimed at helping establishing teams that develop or identify technology concepts with the potential to commercializeRead more


UTRGV project may be boon to business

UTRGV project may be boon to business

AUGUST 8, 2017 (BROWNSVILLE HERALD)Local technology-based research and entrepreneurship could be getting a boost thanks to a federal grant awarded to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to establish the third Innovation Corps Site in the state...Read more


UTRGV receives almost $500,000 to establish I-Corps Site

UTRGV receives almost 500,000 to establish I-Corps Site

AUGUST 4, 2017 (VALLEY MORNING STAR)The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has been awarded $499,985 in federal funding by the National Science Foundation to establish an NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site in the Rio Grande Valley.Read more


Development Corporation of Mercedes: Ramirez named interim executive director

Development Corporation of Mercedes: Ramirez named interim executive director

July 28, 2017 (Rio Grande Guardian)— The board of directors for the Development Corporation of Mercedes has named Melissa D. Ramirez as interim executive director. Ramirez is a native of Edinburg, Texas. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in international business from UT-Pan American… Read more


Young entrepreneurs explore smart-farming at UTRGV’s TMAC camp

Young entrepreneurs explore smart-farming at UTRGV’s TMAC camp

June 30, 2017 (Valley Morning Star)— The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s McAllen Teaching Site was crowded with eager IDEA high school students waiting to showcase their smart-farming robots, whose yield ultimately would determine the fate of their newly founded small businesses. … Read more


Experts, Congressmen Talk Trade, NAFTA

U.S. Representatives Filemon Vela and Vicente Gonzalez

May 16, 2017 (The Monitor)— A need for higher skilled workers was one of many points made during a Tuesday roundtable featuring two congressmen and cross-border trade experts. … Read more


German Accent - April 13 Concert to Raise Funds for Study Abroad

Dr. Mark Kroll

April 04, 2017 (The Brownsville Herald)— The newly founded Rio Grande Valley German Club brings a slice of European culture to Brownsville on April 13 with the Musikabend Spring Concert at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art … Read more


Kroll Elected VIA Board Chairman

Dr. Mark Kroll

April 04, 2017 (Valley Business Report)— Mark J. Kroll has been elected chairman of the board unanimously by the Valley International Airport Board of Directors … Read more


UTRGV Moving Forward with Weslaco Business Incubator

Cabeza de Vaca

February 16, 2017 (Valley Morning Star)— A project one-year-in the making is moving forward as the University of Texas Board of Regents gave the green light for UT- Rio Grande Valley to lease space in the upcoming business incubator in Weslaco … Read more


More Fast Food? Quick-Service Restaurants Turn a Loving Eye to Valley

Cabeza de Vaca

February 12, 2017 (The Monitor)— Tex-Mex may be a fine and popular cuisine, but new competition for diner attention and dollars is becoming as hot as the salsa … Read more


Cabeza de Vaca: Tamaulipas Is Open For Business

Cabeza de Vaca

January 29, 2017 (Rio Grande Guardian)— Tamaulipas Governor Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca told economic development and municipal leaders in the Rio Grande Valley on Friday that his state is very much open for business … Read more


Economists Unsure About Mexico-U.S. Outlook

US-Mexico Border

January 28, 2017 (The Monitor)— Most presenters at a Border Economics forecast conference on Friday didn’t account for President Donald Trump potentially imposing a 20-percent tax on all Mexican imports, which the White House announced on Thursday … Read more


Edinburg Native To Advise Trump

UTRGV ENACTUS

January 11, 2017 (The Monitor)— An Edinburg native has been called upon to give advice to President-elect Donald Trump on a number of issues, including immigration and its economic impact … Read more