Workforce & Education

Growing and sustaining a vibrant business community


Pharr is a burgeoning city located in Hidalgo County, just minutes from the Mexican border. Hidalgo County is one of the most rapidly developing communities in the United States. In recent years, Pharr has experienced strong economic growth and development, with the population steadily increasing to over 70,000 residents. Local businesses also have access to over 800,000 people in Hidalgo County and more than 1.2 million people in the Rio Grande Valley.


The workforce in our area continues to grow at a faster rate than that of the state or the nation. Our region has a wide spectrum of occupations that range from agricultural workers to highly skilled specialists in the manufacturing sector. The local workforce has a desirable demographic profile with a median age of 29 years. Many businesses prefer hiring young professionals due to their excellent work ethic and proficiency with technology. Approximately 85% of the workforce is also bilingual. This robust population of young, educated individuals allows businesses to evaluate and select the best possible candidates.



The Rio Grande Valley has a large student population, excellent institutions of higher education, and nationally recognized educational leaders. With a total of over 70,000 students, our region is emerging as a center for higher education in South Texas. Several institutions educate the area workforce, including the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, South Texas College, and Texas State Technical College. Graduates go on to work in a variety of industries with some of the largest employers in the area, including HEB Foods, UTRGV, DHR, Woodcrafters, GE, and International Paper.


Education & Workforce

By investing in people, we invest in Pharr’s future. The Pharr EDC is proud to support two critical initiatives focused
on developing a powerful workforce. The Pharr EDC Foundation and VIDA are transforming lives and growing our
community by contributing to the growth of a highly skilled workforce. It is our pride to be part of creating an
environment where everyone can achieve their career dreams.

Founded by Pharr EDC

The Pharr EDC Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing scholarship opportunities for graduating students residing in the city of Pharr. The foundation will support both college and trade school career paths to ensure we offer an equal opportunity for our Pharr area students.

The Pharr EDC Foundation, through the dedication and assistance of its Board of Directors, will focus its efforts on empowering students for their continued growth and success.

VIDA – Our Partners in Education

The Pharr EDC is a proud education partner of VIDA – the Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement. This community-based nonprofit organization prepares individuals for the workforce through initiatives such as career and educational assistance, life skills classes, and financial assistance.

By partnering with VIDA, the Pharr EDC is investing in our community, growing our workforce and supporting underserved individuals throughout the area.



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