New Harlingen Convention Center Coming in 2018

HARLINGEN, Texas - Ten years ago, the City of Harlingen had a vision for a new structure that would benefit the city and county.

But a recession hit, the proposed project was put on hold. 

Fast forward to August 4, and the city is finally moving forward with the long-awaited Harlingen Convention Center. 

The city mayor, manager, developer of the project and Cameron County officials broke ground at the site of the new building. 

“The main focus is going to be to allow the citizens of Harlingen an opportunity to bring in either meetings or conferences, and conventions,” said Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino.

“The hotel will obviously be filled with those visitors in addition to that, those visitors who are attending those functions will be spending their money at our restaurants and our retail establishments increasing our tax revenue,” he said.

“It's another facility that Harlingen can utilize… To bring in more people to visit,” Trevino said. 

The new Harlingen Convention Center will be located on Harlingen Heights Drive behind the Sams retail store, and will be roughly the size of the McAllen or Brownsville Event Centers. 

Unlike the other cities convention center's, this one is said to be shared with a hotel built next door.

 

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