Date of Award
Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Dr. Jose R. Hinojosa
Dr. Gary Tschoepe
Dr. Robert Wrinkle
The World Birding Center is a unique and innovative partnership among Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the cities of Brownsville, Mission, Weslaco, Harlingen, Edinburg, McAllen, Hidalgo, Roma, Rio Hondo and South Padre Island. The WBC is a first of its kind regional approach to nature conservation and birdwatching.
Edinburg's portion of the budget is 8.75%, and the City will fund salaries for a director and education coordinator and operations specific to the Edinburg center through the City's general fund.
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department estimates 175,000 visitors annually. Direct local expenditures (based on an average visit of 6.3 days, with $89 per person, per day expenditures) will be $98,122,500. This translates into $2,943,675 in tax revenues and 1,645 new jobs (TPWD, 1999). In 1999 the World Birding Center Project Office commissioned a study through the Center For Tourism Research at the University of Texas-Pan American. Nearly 2,000 residents were asked about their interest in a World Birding Center-type attraction and their willingness to pay for such an attraction.
University of Texas-Pan American