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South Texas and El Paso Public-Private Partnerships Subject of House Homeland Security Subcommittee Hearing

WASHINGTON – The past chairman of the Border Trade Alliance and the current president of the South Texas Assets Consortium (STAC), and the administrator for Cameron County, Texas will provide testimony at a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee’s Border and Maritime Subcommittee tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 4. Sam Vale, who owns the Starr-Camargo Bridge Co. in Rio Grande City, Texas,...

TESTIMONY BY SAM F. VALE PRESIDENT SOUTH TEXAS ASSETS CONSORTIUM PAST CHAIRMAN BORDER TRADE ALLIANCE PRESIDENT STARR-CAMARGO BRIDGE CO., RIO GRANDE CITY, TEXAS

Chairwoman Miller, Ranking Member Vela and members of the Subcommittee, my name is Sam Vale. I am the president of the Starr-Camargo Bridge Company, a privately owned Port of Entry (POE) in Rio Grande City, Texas. Our bridge spans the Rio Grande and connects two communities of about 20,000 inhabitants each: Rio Grande City and Camargo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. We are one of the smallest passenger and...

Border Trade Alliance cheers passage of multi-year highway authorization bill

WASHINGTON - The Border Trade Alliance, which over the past several years has advocated for the adoption of a long-term highway bill that reflects the unique needs of the U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico border regions, is cheering the passage of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which will drive dramatic improvements to the nation's transportation infrastructure, including along...

Border Trade Alliance holds government-industry roundtable to examine future needs of border Border stakeholders urge governments to prepare today for tomorrow’s trade flows

MEXICO CITY – The Border Trade Alliance and BTA de México today convened a roundtable of government and industry leaders to design the framework of a study that will assess the needs of the U.S. and Mexico governments as each country prepares for increased trade flows. The event was attended by U.S. Representatives Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) and Will Hurd (R-Texas), as well as representatives...

Border Trade Alliance congratulates South Texas Assets Consortium on Texas Department of Agriculture grant

WASHINGTON (December 15, 2015) - The Border Trade Alliance today congratulated the South Texas Assets Consortium, or STAC, on earning a grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture that will be used to add more federal agriculture inspectors at South Texas land border ports of entry. Under the terms of the grant, the department will supplement up to 50 percent of the costs to add the...