Development board approves incentives

HARLINGEN — The city’s economic development board this week weighed incentive proposals for three projects with secret code names.

The Harlingen Economic Development Corp. approved incentives for two of the projects, but did not specify which ones will receive the breaks.

The projects are code-named Project Stack, Project Forest and Project 5501.

The board also discussed Project Polar, Project PRT, Project Harvest, Project HE and Project Antelope.

In economic development circles, such secrecy is common. It is not unknown for businesses or industries to pull out of negotiations if those talks are made public.

It also helps protect the economic development board from having projects poached by other cities.