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City Consultant Meets with TSTC Students

Friday, January 17, 2014
By Eladio Jaimez

Harlingen planning consultant James Carrillo met with Texas State Technical College's Mustang Leadership Academy on Friday to receive input on the city's planning process and address the topic: "The Importance of Civic Engagement."

"The city is making plans for long-term growth and they wanted to get the perspective of from some of its young citizens like the students of TSTC," Carrillo said. "Usually the people getting involved are the more established ones and they have great ideas too. But Harlingen has a strong, young and dynamic demographic here and we wanted to get their input."

The city will be hosting the next in a series of city-wide planning workshops open to the members of the community today at the Cultural Arts Center at TSTC from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The focus of the workshop is Economic Vitality and TSTC students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

"When you think of some of the best cities in the country, you think of job opportunities," Carrillo said. "These students obviously love this city and they want to stay here. One of their concerns today was job opportunities."

Nursing student Robert Barron expressed concern over improving the quality of life in Harlingen. And he also thinks it all starts with creating more jobs in the area.

"A lot of us are willing to work sometimes we just can't find a job," Barron said. "It was nice to have these individuals here so they could listen to our concerns and opinions on these matters.

Veterans Student Alliance Club President Abel Gutierrez said that while he might not see all the benefits to the city's long term plans, his family will definitely enjoy the fruits of their labor.

"If we're not preparing for the future, we're not going to provide anything for our children and grandchildren," Gutierrez said.

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