The High Economic Cost of the Opioid Crisis

September 14, 2023

By Dr. Ray Perryman, September 13, 2023 Opioid addiction and overdoses have devasted individuals, families, and communities across the state, nation, and world. The human costs of this health crisis are immeasurable and are the reason that aggressively attacking this…

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Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez to Address Poverty Challenges at Public Affairs Breakfast

September 13, 2023

Edinburg Texas, September 12, 2023 — The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce announced that it will host the Prosperity Outlook on Thursday, September 28, 2023, from 8:30 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. The event is a part of the chambers Public Affairs Initiative.  During…

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Metro Outlook

September 11, 2023

Dr. M. Ray Perryman, Sept. 12, 2023 Although there are clearly challenges facing the global economy, the outlook for Texas remains largely favorable. Looking within the state, projected growth across all the entire spectrum of diverse metropolitan areas is also…

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Output by the Numbers

September 6, 2023

Dr. M. Ray Perryman, Sept. 5, 2023 In a recent column, I described our outlook for Texas job growth by industry. This time around, let’s focus on our projections for output (or gross product). Simply stated, gross product is the…

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UTRGV ranked 6th nationally, 2nd in state on costs versus long-term income for students

August 31, 2023

Photo above — UTRGV began the Fall 2023 semester on Monday, Aug. 28, with several accolades including being ranked sixth in the U.S. among all public and private higher education institutions in offering students high economic opportunity and mobility by…

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Big Mac Attack

August 29, 2023

Dr. M. Ray Perryman, August 29, 2023 The Economist magazine’s Big Mac index was recently released, providing insights into the cost of the classic McDonald’s burger in countries around the world. The index was started in 1986 to provide a…

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Perryman Column: Jobs By the Numbers

August 21, 2023

Dr. M. Ray Perryman, August 21, 2023 Texas continues to shatter records for new jobs. The expansion has been broad based, both in terms of industries and geographic areas. Our latest projections call for notable employment gains over the next…

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TODAY: Edinburg EDC, Chamber Host Informational Session on Low Interest Rate Business Loan Program

August 16, 2023

Edinburg TX, August 16, 2023 — The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and Edinburg Chamber of Commerce are excited to announce an upcoming informational session about the Interest Buy Down Program to be held today, Aug. 16, at Edinburg City…

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Perryman Column: Keeping Things Moving

August 14, 2023

By Dr. M. Ray Perryman, August 09, 2023 As you probably know, UPS and the Teamsters union have reached an agreement to narrowly avert a nationwide strike. This high-stakes standoff likely wasn’t nightly dinner table conversation for most of you,…

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What Recession?

August 10, 2023

Dr. M. Ray Perryman, August 02, 2023 While we’re not out of the woods, opinions about the likelihood of recession are shifting away from the doom and gloom which has been prevalent over the past year. I have always felt…

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