Key Industries in the North American Borderplex

One of the largest international markets in North America, with a population of more than 2.5 million, the North American Borderplex has unique economic advantages, backed by the varied assets of two countries and three states. The region has a lot to offer new industries. It is:

  • Ideally situated in a key location on the largest international border in the world
  • A top trade location for North America, with $48.1 billion of maquila exports, surpassing giant Tijuana in foreign purchases from maquilas
  • The number one border area in terms of post-secondary education, with five top universities
  • The only border area that can lay claim to three medical schools and three nursing schools
  • Number one in border regions for university R&D expenditures
  • The highest college student population by workforce per capita of any border region
  • The second largest manufacturing employment center on the U.S.-Mexico border
  • One of the largest binational, bilingual communities in the world