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Posted: Dec 7, 2012 8:36 PM

Updated: Dec 7, 2012 9:36 PM

EDINBURG - State legislators from the Rio Grande Valley say the region will no longer be left behind in matters of higher education.

The University of Texas plan to bring a full-fledged medical school to the Valley is creating buzz in the region.

The medical school would have a significant impact in the region. It would bring more jobs, businesses and money, officials said.

On Friday, people packed the student union at the University of Texas-Pan American to hear UT Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa speak about plans to bring the medical school to the Valley.

"It has the potential to change the entire South Texas area," UTPA Professor Dr. Maria Reyes said.

Reyes said the school would mean more opportunities for students in the region.

"The first thing most families look for are good schools and so it will transform everything ... housing education, just everything," Reyes said.

UT officials said the medical school may create 7,000 to 10,000 jobs in the Valley.

State Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., D-Brownsville, said the school would mean more responsibility to educate local youth.

"It's important for us to establish the infrastructure to be able to do that and to have the programs that are going to be needed to educate a future society that will be different than the one we have today," Lucio said.

Topics: utpa, utb, medical school

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