BiNED continuing progress three years after startup

HARLINGEN — The birthing pains of the cross-border, multi-city economic development alliance called BiNED continue to be felt nearly three years after it was conceived.

BiNED, short for Bi-National Economic Development, is a first-of-its-kind regional economic development effort among four U.S. cities, two Mexican cities, Cameron and Hidalgo counties and the federal governments of two nations.

The complex relationships between those principals, officials say, has made organizing BiNED an unusually time-consuming affair.

“Everything is like on one-quarter time versus full-speed ahead,” Raudel Garza, manager and CEO of the Harlingen Economic Development Corp., told his board members this week. “BiNED is progressing as we expect it to progress, given the size of the organization and the complexity of some of the things that they’re working on.”

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