HARLINGEN — The City of Harlingen is one of the first in the Valley to enter into a collaboration with the Mexican state of Tamaulipas in a cross-border economic development effort.

The Harlingen Economic Development Corp. announced that, in partnership with the Rio South Texas Economic Council, the agency will help market itself on the website Invest in Tamaulipas.

“When we act regionally, site selectors, investors, and corporate real estate directors take note,” said Raudel Garza, CEO of the Harlingen Economic Development Corp. “Each community in the RGV has something to offer, and combined with the Matamoros/Reynosa region, this area is very attractive to industrial prospects.”

The alliance with Tamaulipas seems a natural tie-in, since many of the industrial manufacturing companies in Harlingen have sister facilities across the border.

The Invest in Tamaulipas website lists the benefits of doing business in the Mexican border state, and features testimonials, news, aerial footage of industrial parks, maps and data on the economic value of doing business in Mexico.

Mexican economic development officials are looking for a symbiosis with Texas economic development agencies to grow industrial investment on both sides of the border.

“Investors look for quality data to drive their decisions, and they focus on regional markets rather than individual cities, county lines, or national borders,” said Matt Z. Ruszczak, Rio South Texas Economic Council executive director.

“This tool addresses both needs, presenting quality data in a regional, bi-national context,” he added.

Last month Harlingen and Weslaco were two of the first cities granted access to begin creating their economic development profiles on the Tamaulipas website. Eventually economic profiles of each city will include information about advantages and amenities offered to businesses.

Information on the website about opportunities for investment in the participating Rio Grande Valley cities will be available by the end of the year or early next year, according to website coordinators.

Did you know:

– The Invest in Tamaulipas website lists the benefits of doing business in the Mexican border state.

– It features testimonials, news, aerial footage of industrial parks, maps and data on the economic value of doing business in Mexico.

– Last month, Harlingen and Weslaco were two of the first cities granted access.

– For more info, visit https://investintamaulipas.com.