Community leaders discuss potential A&M merger

Local community leaders continue to keep a close watch on the potiential merger of Texas A&M Universities Corpus Christi and Kingsville. Members of a citizen panel called the Corpus Christi Business and Job Development Corporation met Monday to discuss th

CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - Local community leaders continue to keep a close watch on the potential merger of Texas A&M Universities Corpus Christi and Kingsville. Members of a citizen panel called the Corpus Christi Business and Job Development Corporation met Monday to discuss the idea.

That board oversees Type A incentives -- money that comes from you, the tax payers, to help support the area's job market. Both Del Mar College and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi receive money from the Type A board to benefit internships and other programs.

If the two campuses were to merge, the incintives would have to be assigned to the new entity, which means money from Corpus Christi tax payers could go to support the Kingsville campus.

The City does have the right to refuse giving the money to the new entity, or the City can request the funds just be spent at the Corpus Christi campus.

The merger was also a topic of discussion at the Kleberg County Commissioner's Court Monday morning as State Rep. J.M. Lozano joined them to support the court against the merger.

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