At the Crossroads: The Texas/Mexico Border Economy at Cameron County and Matamoros

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2006-06

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Gibson, David V.
Rhi-Perez, Pablo
Zavaleta, Antonio

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Bureau of Business Research, The University of Texas at Austin

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Cameron County, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico face the Rio Grande River where it meets the Gulf of Mexico; it is a place of natural beauty and agricultural strength. The region has a strong economic and cultural heritage, established educational assets and a rapidly growing bi-literate workforce. Right now, the border region is at a crossroads in terms of regional leadership; business and industry development; education and workforce training; and quality of life. One direction leads toward enhanced regional prosperity; the other results in regional decline.

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