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Harlingen Seeks Students' Input on City Planning

Saturday, January 11, 2014
By Eladio Jaimez

Texas State Technical College’s students are getting a first-hand look on what it takes to a be leader in their community through a workshop provided by the city of Harlingen.

The city’s planning consultant Jim Carrillo, will speak to the Mustang Leadership Academy on Friday on campus. The topic will be “The Importance of Civic Engagement.” Carrillo will also gather student input into city planning.

In November, TSTC student leaders were invited to take part in an open forum addressing city planning. Another workshop focused on Economic Vitality will take place at TSTC’s Cultural Arts Center on Saturday, January 18 and these student leaders have been invited again and encouraged to have input.

The workshop is from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Director of Student Life Adele Clinton said the students at TSTC take a lot of pride in being involved in the community.

“Service to one’s community is integral to a student’s development,” Clinton said. “There is no better ‘character-builder’ so it’s nice to have our students take part in forums like these and be recognized for their leadership roles.”

Public input from citizens, business owners and community organizations is welcomed during the Economic Vitality Workshop. TSTC faculty and staff are encouraged to participate.

Comprehensive Master Plan Update Committee Chairman Jesse Robles said the forum is an opportunity for community dialog about economic development such as the education pipeline leading students toward the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley with its future medical school and TSTC’s technology and academic programs, including the University Center.

Other business topics that might gain attention at the session include Valley International Airport, local clinics and hospitals, and future retail and industry growth for the city.

The CAC is located at the intersection of Loop 499 and Raintree Street near Valley International Airport and the Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum. A light breakfast and full lunch will be provided for participants.

An online survey about long-term comprehensive plan issues is available at http://www.TellMeHarlingen.com. The committee and the city have information on Twitter at @Plan4Harlingen and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/planforharlingen.

A category on the left side of the city’s home website, www.myharlingen.us, has information about the survey. For details, contact the City of Harlingen Planning Department at the Lon C. Hill Building, 502 E. Tyler Ave., (956) 216-5101.

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