The city of McAllen signed over a $1 million check to UTRGV’s School of Medicine.
"We have a fund of several million dollars a year that we collect on sales tax that's dedicated to economic development kind of projects,” said Jim Darling, McAllen mayor.
The funding will go toward the program's new cancer and neurology institute, which will allow the university to research diseases important to the Valley.
"This team is going to focus among other things cervical cancer in women,” said Dr. John Krouse, dean for the school of medicine. “And particularly on how it's different among Hispanic women living in the Valley."
Two years ago, the city of McAllen agreed to partner with UTRGV’s School of Medicine by contributing funds to specific projects.
Darling said the city thinks establishing a partnership is much more meaningful.
“It helps us look at real tangible economic development as opposed to just building a building or just writing a check,” said Darling.
Through a collaborative effort with the city of McAllen and Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, UTRGV’s School of Medicine celebrated the opening of their brand new biomedical research building Thursday, which Krouse said will reach its full capacity once its fully operating.
"We've actually outgrown that already so we'll be needing to grow more research facilities that's how rapidly we are growing,” Krouse said. “How broad we're becoming in the range of things that we're doing here."
The new bio-medical research facility has sixteen labs with a variety of researchers in neuroscience, diabetes, cancer and neurology.
Overall, the city believes the partnership holds a promising future especially for the younger generation.