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


Report Launch: Competitive Border Communities: Mapping and Developing U.S.-Mexico Transborder Industries
Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 9:30am-11:00am
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004-3027

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 North American Research Partnership and the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute 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 strong candidates for cluster-based economic development efforts. The launch of the report that resulted from this initiative, Competitive Border Communities: Mapping and Developing U.S.-Mexico Transborder Industries, was held in Washington, D.C. For more information, click here.
Speakers included*:
  • Erik Lee, Executive Director, North American Research Partnership
  • Christopher Wilson, Deputy Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
  • Paloma Adams-Allen, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, USAID
  • Mike Gonzalez, Executive Director, United Brownsville
  • Paola Avila, Vice President, International Business Affairs, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

A recorded webcast of this event is available at, and follow the conversation on social media via #BorderIndustries. The power point from the event is also available here

For pictures, please click here.

Media contact: Ruth Soberanes, Research Analyst & Communications Manager, at 602-616-6209 or email

Special thanks to the Council of State Governments West and USAID for their support and for making this project possible.