John Ross Jesensky Marvels at Harlingen’s Burgeoning Music Scene

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John Ross Jesensky HarlingtonHarlingen has always been a city in which music has existed as a point of particular pride, and that pride is increasingly on display in the many thriving music venues located throughout the city that are packed with patrons whenever live music is promised. The music scene within Harlingen’s city limits is also beginning to expand throughout the state of Texas and indeed the whole of the United States, with diverse musical acts touring the country and participating in festivals taking place far and wide.

In the eyes of a musician such as John Ross Jesensky, an atmosphere in which music is so clearly valued is sure to produce an extensive roster of exceptional musicians across all genres. Though it is something of a rarity to come across a city with a music scene like the one cultivated in Harlingen, true music enthusiasts have long been willing to exert any amount of effort in finding a place in which the passion for music is immediately evident no matter where they happen to look. Harlingen is beginning to attract more and more of those exact kinds of enthusiasts, and it will continue to do so as long as the city stays true to its musical roots.

Marlon Kobacker Will Bring Renewable Energy Technologies to Harlingen, Texas

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Harlingen MayorAs fossil fuels are becoming more known as the killer of our environment and one of the causes of animal and human health problems, the world slowly makes its shift from primitive sources of power to renewable energy thanks to the hard work and efforts of Marlon Kobacker of Australia.

Christopher H. Boswell, the mayor of Harlingen, Texas, will give a speech talking about his point of view on the positivity of renewable energy in the next few days. Last week, Mr. Boswell has said that he follows Marlon Kobacker’s work closely and admitted his plan to push Harlingen towards to future. Mr. Boswell has also said he wants to be the first to bring in new technologies and methods of sustainable energy not only to Harlingen, but to America as it is time for a change for the better.

Sustainable energy means that the world will be cleaner although that isn’t the main goal of sustainable energy. The main goal is to do more by using less and thereby improving the economy.


Randi Glazer Discusses Potential Opportunities for Harlingen Post Office Building

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post office photoAs one of the most respected professionals in the underwriting industry, Randi Glazer possesses an unmatched ability when it comes to assessing the inherent value of an asset. In Harlingen, Texas, it seems that perhaps there is quite an opportunity available to the right investor, as the old Harlingen Post Office building has remained on the real estate market for well over four years now. Perhaps it is the price tag and the resulting sticker shock that causes potential buyers to take a step back, especially since understanding the full — and more accurate — value of the property requires a much more thorough investigation.

Known for an exacting approach in all of her professional endeavors, Glazer did not have to go to any great lengths to discover that the current listing price — $825,000 — is far from prohibitive when one considers the fact that the true value of the property is likely to be far more than that. In fact, the building’s interior has undergone renovations valued at $3.5 million that include veneers and custom millwork from a black cherry forest in Pennsylvania, not to mention all of the interior design elements that are also included in the price.With a mural painted by Normah Knight and the original 1930’s exterior, the Harlingen Post Office is an ideal building for any investor who understands the unique business opportunity it offers. Many entrepreneurs would jump at the chance to own a historic building with such exquisite features, particularly since businesses across all industries are enjoying immense success by incorporating design elements intended to harken back to the very time period in which the Harlingen Post Office was originally built.

Nancy Behrman Evaluates Harlingen’s Growing Pizza Culture

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Nancy Behrman PizzariaA longtime resident of New York City, Nancy Behrman is so much more than a PR and brand building expert. While she is known for achieving unparalleled results through her boutique PR firm, Behrman Communications, Nancy Behrman is also one of the city’s foremost aficionados of New York-style pizza. Given the fact that Harlingen, Texas, has recently made something of a name for itself as a haven for pizza enthusiasts, it only made sense for Behrman to make a brief detour to the city during a recent business trip that brought her close to the border town.

The pizzerias were nearly as impressive as advertised, which is indeed something of a rarity for a pizzeria outside of New York City that claims to be every bit as good as the original. Russo’s New York Pizzeria recently announced it would be opening a new location in Harlingen, and if its new location is of the same quality as its location on South Padre Island, then it seems that Harlingen may indeed be able to become something of a tourist attraction for those looking for a great slice of pizza without having to make it all the way out to New York City.

Texas Values and the Impact on Leadership Skill Development

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There are very few states that can claim the clearly defined identity Texas so obviously and proudly possesses, and many of the values that make up the Lone Star State’s identity quite clearly benefit the development of leadership in all its facets. One of those values in particular, as Luigi Wewege would be very likely to note, is the clear emphasis on independence. Luigi Wewege with American Ambassador to New ZealandOf course, this independence is not the kind that discourages unity or teamwork, but rather the kind that encourages independent thought as well as a focus on cooperative action based on common goals.

These values are part of the reason why Texans are particularly adept at making the transition from a role as an employee to a role as an employer. While this is often a particularly difficult transition for many to make, Texans who have grown up in communities in which independent leadership development is sincerely and consistently encouraged find it quite easy to go from being a part of a team to being in charge of a team.

A business leader like Luigi Wewege is likely to understand this concept quite well. Companies that are committed to promoting from within are also more likely to ensure all employees feel a sense of autonomy and are encouraged to freely share any ideas they happen to have. This helps cultivate a sense of personal investment in the company and also prepares employees for the possibility of assuming a leadership role within the industry.

If employees never feel invested in the company and never feel as though their ideas are valued, they are very unlikely to ever develop the leadership skills necessary to assume a management position or to oversee employees of their own.

Dr. Raouf Farag Explains Rationale Behind Frequent Texas Vacations

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There are many obstacles making travel between the United States and Australia relatively infrequent, with the most obvious example being the vast distance that must be traversed to reach one from the other. The daylong flight can be both physically and psychologically exhausting, which makes it necessary to plan for a relatively lengthy stay that accounts for the need to recover from the time spent on the plane and to adjust to the disorienting time-zone difference.

While these factors may limit some Australians and Americans from making frequent trips between their two countries, Dr. Raouf Farag has not been the least bit bothered by the lengthy travel requirements and has returned to the United States on a relatively regular basis. The fact that the Australian IVF doctor returns with such frequency is only one aspect of the surprise, as Dr. Farag also makes a point to spend the overwhelming majority of his time in two cities within the borders of Texas: Harlingen and Galveston.

Though Dr. Farag acknowledges that Harlingen and Galveston are not exactly the most popular of Texas tourist destinations, he makes it clear that it is not just the sights or attractions of either city that keeps drawing him back time and again. Instead, the New South Wales doctor prefers to visit these Texas towns simply because of the wonderful friends he has made during his frequent visits over the years.

Citing his initial experience with the famed Texas hospitality as a major reason for his first return trip to Harlingen, Dr. Farag quickly developed several strong friendships with many of the residents of both Harlingen and Galveston and was honored that many of those individuals then made the long journey to visit him at his home in Gosford, New South Wales. The fast friends have since continued to visit each other’s homes as often as possible, and each visit includes at least one trip to a new and entirely unfamiliar location. While this may not be the most efficient way to experience an entire country, Dr. Farag notes that it is a simple eventuality that he will get to see everything Texas and the United States have to offer.

Fahad Alrajaan Explains Benefits and Shortcomings of Texas Tax Incentives

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With the hope of attracting new business, the state of Texas has introduced a number of enticing tax incentives specifically aimed at startups and other companies. These tax incentives are viewed by many as a necessary measure to ensure the continued economic success of the state while also stimulating continued innovation, making Texas something of a boomtown for startups. While the concept appears sound in principle, Fahad Alrajaan has expressed some lingering doubts regarding the efficacy of such a strategy while praising the positive effect the incentives may have nonetheless achieved.

The business expert explained that even though attractive tax incentives could be an effective measure for drawing new business to some degree, there are a host of factors involved in stimulating the kind of economic growth sought by those who approved the legislation in the first place. As is often the case with economic subjects, a nuanced approach to analysis is much more likely to result in an accurate understanding of the varied influences playing a role in the growth of new business, including tax incentives and other issues.

Of course, Fahad Alrajaan expressed that the tax incentives have been effective in some regards and pointed out that there are many sharp observers who are resolute in their belief that the correlation between recent business growth and the implementation of tax incentive legislation is much more likely to be true causation. Without taking a firm stance on either side of the argument, Fahad Alrajaan laid out what he believes are the positive aspects of the tax incentives and how they have been effective in bringing new business and innovation to the Lone Star State.

Among the many strategies employed by the state, one of the most appealing is the manner in which Texas limits taxes on property for those doing business in the state. Given that these taxes represent a significant cost consideration for businesses, it should not come as much of a surprise that the reduction in potential business expenses serves as a major draw for startups and other companies. When implemented, this legislation placed a 10-year limit on the “taxable value of the property extended to a taxpayer,” provided that the taxpayer could demonstrate an intention to create jobs by building on the property protected by the tax limitation.

Fahad Alrajaan also mentioned the positive impact of what the state refers to as its freeport exemption, which allows communities the freedom to decide to make certain goods exempt from property taxes as long as they only remain in-state for a period that does not exceed 175 days, though it is possible for communities to extend this exemption up to 730 days under certain circumstances. Obviously, there is a great deal of appeal for businesses selling goods that qualify for the freeport exemption, which would serve as another reason for a business to operate within the sizable borders of the state of Texas.

Even though supporters of these incentives and others believe that the state of Texas has clearly enjoyed a tremendous benefit as a direct result, Fahad Alrajaan contends that the truth is much more complicated. Noting that many other states have far less appealing tax burdens associated with startups and other businesses, Fahad Alrajaan points out that a host of other factors may have far more to do with a thriving business environment than any tax incentive. Even something as simple as a population open to new ideas may have an equally profound impact on the success of a business. While more research into the subject will certainly be beneficial, it seems clear that tax incentives, though having a positive impact in some respects, are not necessarily the cure-all that legislators in Texas had initially envisioned.

Tim DeCaupa’s Tip For Starting Up A Business in Texas

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Much like New York, Texas is the Southern state of opportunity and possibility. Harlingen has become diverse with people of all walks of life and backgrounds as well as a hotspot consisting of opportunity for business. Harlingen isn’t known by any one thing in particular because there is a business for everything you can imagine and getting started in business in the fine town of Harlingen has never been better.

Business and real estate combined are what bring the magic to Harlingen and produce amazing and fun things to do with family and friends. To begin with, starting up a business in Texas according to Tim DeCapua calls for you to complete a few tasks first. The first step is selecting a location, preferably a location with easy access and exit where the majority of people will always be. Location in business is perhaps the most crucial fundamentals as it will affect your business as it is being built. Next thing to think about is the business structure and don’t forget the necessary documents such as the licenses and permits.

Is Something Missing in Harlingen, Texas?

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Anyone who has spent even a brief period of time in Harlingen, Texas knows that this is a wonderful city that is rich with activities and attractions. With the Gulf of Mexico not that far off, visitors make frequent trips to our home in the midst of the Rio Grande, and surely the city is doing more than enough to cater to our out-of-town friends. Residents of the city also have it pretty good, as the burgeoning artistic community in the downtown area is always a beautiful place for a stroll, but it still seems that some members of our community are in need of assistance.

There is no city in the United States that has not been touched by problems relating to alcohol and substance abuse. The only difference from city to city and state to state is the manner in which these problems are addressed, and it is not always the case that the treatment programs offered succeed in helping people overcome their personal struggles. Perhaps it would be best if cities across the country adopted the model created by Christopher Ross and his family when they founded Blu By The Sea.

The facility run by Ross is located in Destin, Florida. Like Harlingen, Destin benefits from its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, and individuals struggling with alcohol and substance abuse benefit from the alternative methods of care provided by the treatment center. The evidence-based practices used by Blu By The Sea have succeeded where other treatment programs have not, so it may indeed be in Harlingen’s best interest to offer a program that takes its lead from the Destin-based facility. The programs the city already offers undoubtedly work for some, but it is in the best interests of the community to ensure that there are program offerings that work for all.

Sweet Home Harlingen

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I love my home in HarlingenimagesC6ZHQCH2 images6T6V0BZJThe best part is that I am able to do just about anything I want within a few hour drive.  The town had a great downtown area that is really charming.  It has old mom and pop shops that are hundreds of years old.  I just love how everyone is like family and friendly to a fault. The main church is a gathering place that everyone enjoys every Sunday.  If you are tired of the big city the Harlingen may be just the ticket.  I will be here waiting.  Tim DeCapua is a long time resident of Harlingen.