Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

First Advisor

Dr. Jose R. Hinojosa

Second Advisor

Dr. Gary Tschoepe

Third Advisor

Dr. William Turk


This study investigates recreation and park's influence on the Rio Grande Valley's ability to attract businesses. Input was solicited from companies that initially located or relocated in the Rio Grande Valley within the last ten years. Quality of life is compared to six possible influences on the location/relocation decision. Recreation and parks is scored relative to five other indicators of the quality of life. Relative importance is determined through a Likert scale. Company types are broken down into manufacturing/distribution and technical/headquarters companies plus small and large companies. Company types and sizes are be compared against each other and the overall sample. Results indicate that the Rio Grande Valley tends to follow national trends.


Copyright 2000 Peter Bernard Lamont Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American