MERCEDES — The city will grant the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show $300,000 to improve the venue and make it an even better destination.

Mercedes Development Corporation Executive Director Hernan Gonzalez said the funds are a community investment grant to help the event center grow.

“At the end of the day what your going to have is a parking lot for 3,800 cars with proper drainage, lighting and asphalt,”

Gonzalez said, “it makes it a better destination for more events.”

The grant is based upon the parking lot improvements being done by the livestock show, estimated at $2.5 million.