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Sandwiches Raise Dough for Housing

December 17, 2013

The Blimpie submarine sandwich shop in Weslaco, Texas, provides more than just a quick lunch.

It also raises money for Affordable Homes of South Texas, Inc., (AHSTI), and brings jobs and new economic activity to its small town just a few miles from the Mexican border.  ”We always talked about doing some economic development work and some job training,” says Robert Calvillo, Executive Director for AHSTI.

Calvillo knew that his organization couldn’t continue to meet the demand for affordable housing by relying on traditional funding sources, so he got creative.  His group bought a corporate franchise, with profits from the sandwich shop helping fund its housing developments.


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A Storybook Christmas Parade in Weslaco

August 27, 2013

The City of Weslaco, The Economic Development Corporation and the Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce are preparing for the 19th Annual Mid-Valley Lighted Christmas Parade, set to be held on Thursday, December 19, at 6 p.m. on Texas Blvd in Weslaco.


The theme this year is A Storybook Christmas. The Grand Marshalls for this yearfs parade are Weslaco Business owners Ramon and Norma Montalvo. The Mid-Valley Lighted Parade features decorated floats, marching bands, classic cars, and more, all decked out in lights and holiday decor.

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275 S. Kansas Blvd,
Weslaco, Texas 78596.
Business, Visitor and Event Center

Phone: (956) 969-0838
Fax: (956) 969-8611

About Weslaco EDC

The Economic Development Corporation of Weslaco (EDC) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the creation of jobs through recruitment of new industry and helping existing companies relocate and/or expand. Our objective is job creation and adding wealth to the city of Weslaco. The Economic Development Corporation of Weslaco serves as a catalyst in increasing economic wealth and growth in Weslaco by fostering a positive business environment; assisting and facilitating investment in business interests in Weslaco; and adding value to Weslaco’s tax base.  Centered for Business in the Rio Grande Valley