City in new network to promote economic progress

Harlingen, Texas Staff Reports Valley Morning Star May 25, 2014 The Network

Federal officials in Washington, D.C., recently announced the selection of the city of Harlingen government as one of about 50 communities to participate in the initial phase of the National Resource Network’s “311 for Cities” service.

Mayor Chris Boswell said the 311 program allows city officials to access the NRN website,, for an online account that enables fast, direct contact with private and public sector leaders. He noted that Harlingen is among four cities in Texas selected to join the consortium.

“It’s an honor to be recognized as one of the top cities nationwide chosen for this initiative,” Boswell said. “The National Resource Network is a versatile tool for our planning processes. This technological link holds the potential to aid the implementation of many projects already moving forward.”

City Manager Carlos Yerena said that capitalizing on NRN opportunities will leverage existing federal investments and assist with consideration of evolving priorities. He said that communities in the consortium are optimistic about identifying new solutions to their challenges by tapping ideas that have proven successful elsewhere.