We have a lot to be proud of in our small but growing community in the Rio Grande Valley. Edinburg City Commissioner Gene Espinosa in his weblog rightfully points out the national attention our community is getting. Inc. Magazine ranks McAllen/Edinburg number two in the nation as a mid-size community the magazine considers a boomtown. The magazine ranking reads as follows:
1. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida
Hurricanes haven't dampened population growth in this Gulf Coast area--it's up 16 percent, to more than 500,000, since 2000. Among the key job generators: tourism, construction, and new service firms, many founded by refugees from cooler climes.
Overall Rank 3 | 1-Year Job Growth 4.8% | 5-Year Job Growth 25.2% | Index Score 97.1
2. McAllen-Edinburg, Texas
Rising trade with Mexico, combined with population growth--up 15.6 percent between 2000 and 2004--have pushed employment up more than 19 percent since 2001. Services, wholesale and retail trade, and education have led the way.
Overall Rank 12 | 1-Year Job Growth 4.7% | 5-Year Job Growth 22.3% | Index Score 93.4
Not bad for a small community on the move!