McAllen Mayor Jim Darling delivered his final state of the city address this Wednesday.
Darling reflected on how hard this past year has been for the city, and what may come, hopeful for infrastructure developments and an economic comeback.
Darling pointed out that manufacturing businesses and trade with Mexico through the Anzaldua Bridge are ahead. He stated that the start of a new international facility expansion project would start at Anzaldua this summer.
Moved with emotion, Darling thanked city employees, first responders, frontline workers, volunteers, and residents for coming together to take care of one another.
In his speech, Darling mentioned the small business community and McAllen’s part in passing along federal funds directly to business owners.
“I’ve tried in my many years, to work with everyone,” Darling said. “Everyone of every race, nationality, every creed, political persuasion, everyone that helps our great city. I’ve also tried to return the favor when I could.”
Dozens of community leaders joined Darling on stage to share one last farewell.
“God bless you, and God bless McAllen,” Darling said.