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Special Projects Department


The Special Projects (SP) Department works collaboratively with other city departments and community stakeholders on a wide range of special projects and initiatives led by the City Manager. The Department assists with analysis, research and policy recommendations to improve operational efficiency and oversight of City programs and projects. The Department is also responsible for special projects’ development, coordination and implementation. Special projects are those identified by the City Manager as having the greatest benefit to City operations and the community at large.



Objectives for FY 2021-2022

  • Research, prepare and monitor grant applications related to road and drainage infrastructure, sidewalks, parks, city facilities, quality of life projects, and grants in benefit of low- and moderate-income persons.
  • Oversee implementation of new grant research and grant management software.
  • Continue participation in- and monitoring of projects funded by- the Rio Grande Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (RGVMPO).
  • Work with the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council Valley Metro to construct Harlingen’s Multimodal Transit Facility.
  • Identify and make available for sale city-owned surplus real property no longer needed for public purposes.
  • Monitor proposed legislation that may have a fiscal or programmatic impact to the City’s operations.


Ana Hernandez, AICP, CNU-A
Special Projects Director

118 E. Tyler Ave, Harlingen, TX 78550


Phone: (956) 216-5242

Cell. (956) 202-1979


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