For their role in Pharr’s broadband initiative, TeamPharr.net, the Pharr EDC earned a Community Development Award (CEDA) from the Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) on October 20.
A collaborative project between the City of Pharr and the Pharr EDC, TeamPharr.net serves as an innovative and affordable way to connect families within Pharr to online opportunities such as school, work, and healthcare.
The Pharr EDC earned their CEDA award in the category of Secondary Benefits, and earned merit recognition for outstanding achievements in Economic Development.
“There was a lot of good competition in the category for Pharr,” says Raudel Garza, TEDC Board Member. “What made Pharr stand out is that it was very unique in its outreach to the community.”
Pharr’s broadband project is now serving as a model for other communities who are looking into their options for creating broadband connectivity. The Pharr EDC provided the funding that made TeamPharr.net possible.
“I’m very proud of the EDC and also the city of Pharr, for all its leadership,” says Pharr Mayor Dr. Ambrosio Hernandez, “for thinking ahead, for thinking not only about business but also about community development, where everybody can win.”
For Pharr EDC President, Victor Perez, this type of collaborative community outreach is the perfect example of what makes Pharr a growing city.
“The mayor is a very visionary person,” he says. “He believes in partnerships, and that’s how we get things done. The City of Pharr is on the rise.”
The TEDC fosters a positive business climate in Texas and is the largest state economic development association in the nation.
To learn more about this award, watch this video.