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Report Launch | Competitive Border Communities: Mapping and Developing U.S.-Mexico Transborder Industries

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Since the implementation of NAFTA twenty-one years ago, trade between the United States and Mexico has grown six-fold. It now totals more than a half-trillion dollars each year, with approximately 80% of that—more than a billion dollars each day—crossing at the U.S.-Mexico land border. Trade in many ways drives economic development opportunities at the border, but focusing exclusively on moving goods through the region is insufficient. To truly capitalize on the potential of the border economy, government, businesses and educational institutions must come together across the border to strengthen the region's human capital, supplier networks, and business environment. 

This year, the Mexico Institute and the North American Research Partnership undertook an initiative to identify, map and analyze key industries that are highly concentrated, dynamic and binational, operating within five binational sub-regions along the entire U.S.-Mexico border. The project is designed to support the economic development work of both local communities and the federal governments in the U.S.-Mexico border region by identifying and strong candidates for cluster-based economic development efforts. We would like to invite you to the launch of the report that resulted from this initiative, Competitive Border Communities: Mapping and Developing U.S.-Mexico Transborder Industries, as we discuss findings and principal recommendations from the project. 

We would like to thank the Council of State Governments West and USAID for their support and for making this project possible. 

Download the report here.

Visit the U.S.-Mexico Border Industry Mapping Tool.