array(4) { [0]=> object(stdClass)#1652 (53) { ["id"]=> string(2) "86" ["title"]=> string(41) "Regional Briefs East Zone (February 2015)" ["alias"]=> string(39) "regional-briefs-east-zone-february-2015" ["introtext"]=> string(943) "

 

Border cities get digital TV signal

 

The Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) ceased the analogue TV signal in Reynosa, Matamoros and Nuevo Laredo. Now, these border cities have fully digital TV signal and at least 18 channels.According to federal officials, at least 90 percent of the population in these cities has a digital TV. The analogue televisions will not receive any signal unless they have a decoder. The Federal Government gave away 120, 589 digital televisions to poor communities in these border cities. Maria Lizarraga Iriarte, an IFT official, said this new digital era will benefit the population because they will have more entertainment options while the reception and audio are enhanced.

" ["fulltext"]=> string(8447) "

 


 

 

 

 

Reynosa – Pharr port works will be ready in May

 

The works on the Reynosa – Pharr international port of entry will be finished in May, informed Marco Olivares Olvera, Federal Roads and Bridges (Capufe) deputy director in Reynosa. He said the works include new asphalt in 1.13 miles, which will benefit the mobility in the pedestrian and vehicle access. The works are being made by a private company investing US$6.7 million. Olivares Olvera said the upgrade to this port of entry will benefit the people who commute everyday between both cities.


 

 

Airport parking rates go up in McAllen

 

Parking rates at the McAllen-Miller International Airport increased this year to fund improvements to the parking lot. The first 30 minutes are free, but every additional 20 minutes cost a dollar, said Jeremy Santoscoy, the airport’s deputy director.The increased revenue will go to improving the parking lot,” he explained.The proposed changes include the lot’s one-person booth will be expanded to seat two, and the airport will add another lane for people paying with credit cards. Canopies will also be installed above the exits to protect people from inclement weather. The airport hopes to have the add-ons done in the next six months, Santoscoy said.


 

 

Mayors of Laredo and Nuevo Laredo work on binational agenda

 

Nuevo Laredo Mayor, Carlos Canturosas, and newly elected Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz held a meeting to discuss the future of both cities. The mayors announced binational committees already been working on identifying ideas that benefit both cities. "It's essential that both communities see us as one", said Mayor Pete Saenz. The main concern for both mayors was the economy, but they also discussed security, heath and cultural issues.We need to support economic development thru tourism, international trade, and the bridges that support it", said Mayor Canturosas. The last meeting between the mayors of Nuevo Laredo and Laredo was late 2014, when former Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas was still in office.


 

 

 

International bridge will get a US$2.5 million upgrade

 

The McAllen-Hidalgo International Bridge will get a US$2.5 million upgrade. "Basically, upgrading and modernizing the port facilities to be able to be prepared for any port expansions or technological improvements," said Ramon Navarro, the deputy director of engineering for the City of McAllen. Navarro is also the project manager for McAllen's international bridges. The upgrades to the inbound and inspection portion of the bridge will bring this old facility up to code. Also, the facility will be more handicap accessible while the plumbing and electricity will be replaced.


 

 

 

Webb County partners with company to optimize Government fleet

 

Webb County is partnering with Enterprise Fleet Management to reduce costs and optimize its local fleet of nearly 500 light-duty vehicles. Once fully implemented, the new partnership is expected to save Webb County an average of more than US$170,000 each year. "Webb County has a large and aging fleet spread out across our service area, which can be a real challenge to manage efficiently," said John Galo, Webb County Commissioner of Precinct 3. When the program is fully operational across the board, Enterprise will be providing vehicle registration and reporting metrics to ensure proper fleet optimization.


 

 

 

Laredo Chamber of Commerce prepares for 100th anniversary

 

The Laredo Chamber of Commerce reaches a personal milestone. This organization was founded in April 1915 and is the oldest established business organization in Laredo. Miguel Conchas, President and CEO of the Laredo Chamber of Commerce, said the organization encourages business development, tourism and promotion in this border. "We provide seminars; we provide trainings, customer service. People complain about customer service in town. We develop a series of seminars to help people with customer service. So we're always trying to do things to improve our businesses industry,” he explained.


 

 

 

Matamoros has a new hotel

 

The City Express Matamoros initiated operations with 113 rooms, representing their fifth property in the state of Tamaulipas. This hotel is located in the border corridor of Northeast Mexico, and aims to accommodate travelers involved in the commercial, services, energy and export sectors. The investment is wholly owned by the company and it is part of the four new operations in Mexico. Hoteles City Express reached 96 hotels in operation in Mexico.


 

 

 

Employees in McAllen get training and pay raise

 

The Texas Workforce Commission announced a US $216,303 grant to a consortium of four manufacturers in McAllen for training of machine operators, assembly workers, and even tool and die makers. More than 250 employees between Grand Rapids Foam Technologies, Panasonic Corp. of North America with Kelly Services Inc., Fox Packaging and Zebra Technologies Corp. will participate in a 12-month skill development program. Graduates of the series are slated to receive an average wage of US$12 per hour. Oscar Cebillo, Zebra Technologies Corp. plant manager in McAllen said the program will train some quality auditors for him and help spur ideas to increase efficiency.


 

 

 

Space X is searching local talent

 

SpaceX has begun to post jobs for the development of the world’s first commercial, vertical and orbital rocket launch facility at Boca Chica Beach near Brownsville. The present job postings on the website of the California-based Space Exploration Technologies are for an electrical engineer for the launch pad facilities and for a field contact representative. Playing a direct role in advancing the course of human history is no small endeavor. Join us, and find your place in the SpaceX legacy,” the space exploration firm invites. Brownsville now appears on the list of SpaceX locations in the U.S.

 

" ["checked_out"]=> string(1) "0" ["checked_out_time"]=> string(19) "0000-00-00 00:00:00" ["catid"]=> string(2) "23" ["created"]=> string(19) "2015-02-06 11:31:00" ["created_by"]=> string(3) "663" ["created_by_alias"]=> string(0) "" ["modified"]=> string(19) "2015-04-27 17:26:23" ["modified_by"]=> string(3) "663" ["modified_by_name"]=> NULL ["publish_up"]=> string(19) "2015-02-06 11:31:00" ["publish_down"]=> string(19) "0000-00-00 00:00:00" ["images"]=> string(173) "{"image_intro":"","float_intro":"","image_intro_alt":"","image_intro_caption":"","image_fulltext":"","float_fulltext":"","image_fulltext_alt":"","image_fulltext_caption":""}" ["urls"]=> string(121) "{"urla":false,"urlatext":"","targeta":"","urlb":false,"urlbtext":"","targetb":"","urlc":false,"urlctext":"","targetc":""}" ["attribs"]=> string(593) "{"show_title":"","link_titles":"","show_tags":"","show_intro":"","info_block_position":"","show_category":"","link_category":"","show_parent_category":"","link_parent_category":"","show_author":"","link_author":"","show_create_date":"","show_modify_date":"","show_publish_date":"","show_item_navigation":"","show_icons":"","show_print_icon":"","show_email_icon":"","show_vote":"","show_hits":"","show_noauth":"","urls_position":"","alternative_readmore":"","article_layout":"","show_publishing_options":"","show_article_options":"","show_urls_images_backend":"","show_urls_images_frontend":""}" ["metadata"]=> string(53) "{"robots":"","author":"","rights":"","xreference":""}" ["metakey"]=> string(0) "" ["metadesc"]=> string(0) "" ["access"]=> string(1) "1" ["hits"]=> string(4) "3812" ["xreference"]=> string(0) "" ["featured"]=> string(1) "0" ["language"]=> string(1) "*" ["readmore"]=> string(4) "8447" ["state"]=> string(1) "1" ["category_title"]=> string(15) "Regional Briefs" ["category_route"]=> string(15) "regional-briefs" ["category_access"]=> string(1) "1" ["category_alias"]=> string(15) "regional-briefs" ["author"]=> NULL ["author_email"]=> NULL ["parent_title"]=> string(4) "ROOT" ["parent_id"]=> string(1) "1" ["parent_route"]=> string(0) "" ["parent_alias"]=> string(4) "root" ["rating"]=> NULL ["rating_count"]=> NULL ["published"]=> string(1) "1" ["parents_published"]=> string(1) "1" ["alternative_readmore"]=> NULL ["layout"]=> NULL ["params"]=> object(Joomla\Registry\Registry)#2005 (3) { ["data":protected]=> object(stdClass)#1994 (86) { ["article_layout"]=> string(9) "_:default" ["show_title"]=> string(1) "1" ["link_titles"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_intro"]=> string(1) "1" ["info_block_position"]=> string(1) "0" ["info_block_show_title"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_category"]=> string(1) "1" ["link_category"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_parent_category"]=> string(1) "0" ["link_parent_category"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_author"]=> string(1) "0" ["link_author"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_create_date"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_modify_date"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_publish_date"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_item_navigation"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_vote"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_readmore"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_readmore_title"]=> string(1) "1" ["readmore_limit"]=> string(3) "100" ["show_tags"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_icons"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_print_icon"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_email_icon"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_hits"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_noauth"]=> string(1) "0" ["urls_position"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_publishing_options"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_article_options"]=> string(1) "1" ["save_history"]=> string(1) "1" ["history_limit"]=> int(10) ["show_urls_images_frontend"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_urls_images_backend"]=> string(1) "1" ["targeta"]=> int(0) ["targetb"]=> int(0) ["targetc"]=> int(0) ["float_intro"]=> string(4) "left" ["float_fulltext"]=> string(4) "left" ["category_layout"]=> string(9) "_:default" ["show_category_heading_title_text"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_category_title"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_description"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_description_image"]=> string(1) "0" ["maxLevel"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_empty_categories"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_no_articles"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_subcat_desc"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_cat_num_articles"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_cat_tags"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_base_description"]=> string(1) "1" ["maxLevelcat"]=> string(2) "-1" ["show_empty_categories_cat"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_subcat_desc_cat"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_cat_num_articles_cat"]=> string(1) "1" ["num_leading_articles"]=> string(1) "1" ["num_intro_articles"]=> string(1) "4" ["num_columns"]=> string(1) "2" ["num_links"]=> string(1) "4" ["multi_column_order"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_subcategory_content"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_pagination_limit"]=> string(1) "1" ["filter_field"]=> string(4) "hide" ["show_headings"]=> string(1) "1" ["list_show_date"]=> string(1) "0" ["date_format"]=> string(0) "" ["list_show_hits"]=> string(1) "1" ["list_show_author"]=> string(1) "1" ["orderby_pri"]=> string(5) "order" ["orderby_sec"]=> string(5) "rdate" ["order_date"]=> string(9) "published" ["show_pagination"]=> string(1) "2" ["show_pagination_results"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_featured"]=> string(4) "show" ["show_feed_link"]=> string(1) "1" ["feed_summary"]=> string(1) "0" ["feed_show_readmore"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_page_heading"]=> string(1) "0" ["layout_type"]=> string(4) "blog" ["menu_text"]=> int(1) ["menu_show"]=> int(1) ["secure"]=> int(0) ["page_title"]=> string(15) "Regional Briefs" ["page_description"]=> string(31) "Monthly US - Mexico Border News" ["page_rights"]=> NULL ["robots"]=> NULL ["access-view"]=> bool(true) } ["initialized":protected]=> bool(true) ["separator"]=> string(1) "." } ["displayDate"]=> string(19) "2015-02-06 11:31:00" ["tags"]=> object(JHelperTags)#2006 (4) { ["tagsChanged":protected]=> bool(false) ["replaceTags":protected]=> bool(false) ["typeAlias"]=> NULL ["itemTags"]=> array(0) { } } ["slug"]=> string(42) "86:regional-briefs-east-zone-february-2015" ["parent_slug"]=> NULL ["catslug"]=> string(18) "23:regional-briefs" ["event"]=> object(stdClass)#2032 (3) { ["afterDisplayTitle"]=> string(0) "" ["beforeDisplayContent"]=> string(0) "" ["afterDisplayContent"]=> string(0) "" } ["text"]=> string(943) "

 

Border cities get digital TV signal

 

The Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) ceased the analogue TV signal in Reynosa, Matamoros and Nuevo Laredo. Now, these border cities have fully digital TV signal and at least 18 channels.According to federal officials, at least 90 percent of the population in these cities has a digital TV. The analogue televisions will not receive any signal unless they have a decoder. The Federal Government gave away 120, 589 digital televisions to poor communities in these border cities. Maria Lizarraga Iriarte, an IFT official, said this new digital era will benefit the population because they will have more entertainment options while the reception and audio are enhanced.

" } [1]=> object(stdClass)#1989 (53) { ["id"]=> string(2) "84" ["title"]=> string(41) "Regional Briefs West Zone (February 2015)" ["alias"]=> string(39) "regional-briefs-west-zone-february-2015" ["introtext"]=> string(1010) "

 

Foreign investment in Tijuana reached US$435 million in 2014

Xavier Peniche-Bustamante, Tijuana Secretary of Economic Development, acknowledged that 2014 was a year of great economic challenges but also of opportunities with foreign investment reaching a value of US$435 million.He indicated that this level of investment created 1,000 new jobs according to the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS). He also indicated that 48 new manufacturing projects will open for operation in the city.The Secretary stated that 565 manufacturing operations are established in Tijuana with 180,000 workers in five specialized clusters: Aerospace with 8,000 workers, automotive with 18,000, medical devices with 38,000, and electronics with 55,000.

" ["fulltext"]=> string(13056) "

 

Kellogg’s plant in Mexicali reduces energy consumption by 88%

The Kellogg’s food processing plant in Mexicali has reduced energy consumption by approximately 88%. The facility has regularly dealt with ambient temperatures exceeding 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Mexicali is practically at sea level. Powered by Coolerado’s heat mass exchange (HMX) cooling technology, Kellogg’s is experiencing an annual savings of US$62,000 in cooling costs.Compared to a traditional system that would consume as much as 60 kW during peak use, the Coolerado system at the Kellogg’s plant uses only 7.1 kW during peak power conditions.Coolerado HMX units typically use one-tenth the energy of traditional AC units.Coolerado’s M50 line of air conditioners do not use chemical refrigerants like CFCs that are believed to create greenhouse gases, deplete the ozone and contribute to global warming.


 

 

Bumble Bee Seafoods sold for US$1.5 billion

Bumble Bee Seafoods, located in San Diego for nearly 40 years, was acquired by Thai Union Frozen Foods for US$1.5 billion, the firms announced. The 115-year-old company employs more than 1,300 people and generates annual sales of around US$1 billion.Bumble Bee, billed as the largest provider of seafood to grocery store shelves in North America, has a history of acquisitions and mergers since it established a cannery in San Diego in 1977, when tuna fishing was a major local industry.A jointly issued statement says the companies will focus on enhancing operating efficiencies for material sourcing and production, innovation, and new product development, primarily in North American markets.


 

2014 was record year for San Diego´s hotels

Visitors traveled to San Diego in record numbers in 2014, booking more hotel room nights, spending more money, and paying more in tourist taxes than they have in any prior year.According to the San Diego Tourism Authority 33.8 million out-of-towners visited San Diego and spent US$9 billion on lodging, food, entertainment and travel.The visitors stayed a collective 16.2 million room nights and generated US$244 million in transient occupancy tax revenue. The increased demand from tourists capped a year of employment growth in the leisure and hospitality industry, boosts in consumer confidence and continued progress in the overall job market.


 

Undocumented immigrants apply for driver’s licenses in California

California is now one of 10 states to offer licenses to immigrants. Applicants are required to provide documents to prove they live in California and submit a thumbprint, pass vision and written exams and schedule a behind-the-wheel driving test.Following the implementation of the Assembly Bill 60 (AB60), any eligible California resident will be able to apply for a driver’s licenses, regardless of immigration status beginning in 2015. An AB60 license will have a visible distinguishing feature and cannot be used for certain federal purposes, such as to enter restricted areas of federal facilities.The California Division of Motor Autos expects to issue some 100,000 driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.


 

Elegant downtown condo tower coming to Downtown San Diego

Bosa Development Corporation is building today's most sought after residential and commercial properties.Nat Bosa has announced his next project: a $1 million/unit development at the Pacific Highway at Broadway by the San Diego's bayside "front porch”.KPF, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, will be the design architect of the project. The development will include 232 units ranging from 956 to 2,083 square feet in 41 stories and retail space at ground level for approximately 16,000 square feet."A great city deserves a great tower with a distinctive character," said KPF, "San Diego is a beautiful city with a long stretch of ocean front. Inspired by the dynamic forms of waves and the graceful geometry of seashells, two embracing curves define the unique oval-shaped tower with two open ends."


 

Uni-pol Group opens metal casting facility in Mexicali

Mexicali is home to a major expansion for the Uni-Pol Group in the Americas with the opening of a 52,000 square foot metal casting facility that will employ 250 people.The company had an extensive 18 month site selection process and explored locating in Mexicali at the invitation of its clients. The company will start operations on February 2015.We thank our local industry for inviting this important supplier of theirs to explore Mexicali as an option. The staff at IDCM should be commended for their work in helping this company learn about our city, select a building to purchase, and see how the educational system in Mexicali produces the workforce Uni-Pol needs to produce their high quality products,” said Alfredo Garcia, President of the Industrial Development Commission of Mexicali.


 

bioTheranostics in San Diego Has New President and CEO

bioTheranostics, Inc., a leader in molecular diagnostics for cancer, has appointed life sciences industry veteran Nicolas Barthelemy to the position of president and CEO. Barthelemy succeeds Richard Ding, who will remain chairman of the board of bioTheranostics in addition to heading the Asia Pacific operations for parent company bioMérieux.Barthelemy will focus on continuing the company’s significant progress in advancing personalized care for cancer patients. Barthelemy brings extensive global leadership experience and a track record of success in the life sciences and biopharmaceutical industries. He held a number of executive-level positions at Life Technologies/Invitrogen, including Chief Commercial Officer and President of the Cell Systems Division. He also held senior positions at Biogen Idec, and he began his career at Merck.


 

Governor Ducey promises to help Southern Arizona business

New Governor Doug Ducey promised to work hard to help grow the economy for Southern Arizona."I think the fact that we're a border state is an advantage for our economy so I want to maximize that relationship with Mexico and our port in Nogales, on the border."The Governor said he will favor Arizona´s promotion as a place to start a business or to relocate operations.Mike Varney, CEO of the Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce, recognized the nearness to Mexico makes Tucson an important shipping hub.That freight has to go someplace. And with the Port of Tucson and all of the wonderful inter-connectivity that we have, both with land, rail and air, we are in a very, very admirable position to develop a major industry here," he said.


 

Valutech Outsourcing Opens A New Plant in Mexicali

Valutech Outsourcing celebrated the opening of a new plant in the city of Mexicali. The company invested US$6 million in this project named “Plant II”.The new assembly plant has created 4,000 jobs to date and will continue to do so until the number reaches 8,500.The company´s new 235 square feet facility will be an addition to its “Plant I”, which employs 12,000 workers in an area of 365,000 square feet distributed in 2 buildings.Valutech Outsourcing is a leading high-volume cellular phone repair provider for carriers, insurance providers and cell phone resellers. The company offers valuable services for customers who want to outsource their U.S. service parts replacement and product warranty requirements.


 

ALTEX Wire and Cable names new president

ALTEX Wire and Cable has announced that Rick Bromm has been promoted and will lead the company as president. Bromm is a 28-year veteran of ALTEX, a custom manufacturer of wire harness and cable assemblies. Headquartered in Westfield, ALTEX has a second plant in Nogales, Mexico and employs 63 operational, engineering and production workers.Bromm previously held the position of vice president of business development. In addition, he serves as chairman of the board of directors for the Wiring Harness Manufacturer’s Association.I feel it’s very important for me to stay engaged with our employees, customers, suppliers and industry peers in order to best position ALTEX moving forward,” Bromm said.


 

New border entry planned east of Otay

San Diego is looking forward to get the first new Southwest border port of entry in at last 30 years with the main goal of improving commercial-truck wait times.According to the San Diego Association of Governments, the plan Is to build a toll crossing and hand it over to the Federal Government to run it. The money generated by the tolls will pay the operational costs.The proposal-in-motion involves ten commercial-vehicle lanes and ten private-vehicle lanes and will cost about US$550 million with a target opening date of 2017. The new border port would open 16 hours a day, with the toll varying from around US$2 at off-peak hours to up to US$17 during peak hours.


 

Kidder Mathews expands into San Diego

The commercial real estate brokerage firm, Kidder Mathews, announced it has opened an office in San Diego and has hired three senior brokers and a managing partner.Kidder Mathews is one of the largest independently owned commercial real estate firms on the West Coast, with over 450 real estate professionals and staff in 10 offices throughout Washington, Oregon, and California.The firm recently announced a strategic long-term growth plan that included opening offices in San Diego and the East Bay in 2015, and then in partnership with its existing offices in San Francisco, Redwood Shores and Silicon Valley, expanding the company's presence in both the Northern and Southern California markets.


 

Greatbatch moving 175 jobs to Tijuana

Greatbatch Inc. is relocating its catheter and introducer manufacturing operations in Plymouth to Tijuana."It's not about 'cheaper,' it's about putting our resources around our customers' needs and to leverage the global footprint we have," spokesman Chris Knospe said.The cease of operations in Plymouth will be in the first half of 2016 and the company will eliminate at least 175 jobs.Frisco, Texas-based Greatbatch, will keep Plymouth as its manufacturing center for active implantable medical devices, leads and micro-components.

 

" ["checked_out"]=> string(1) "0" ["checked_out_time"]=> string(19) "0000-00-00 00:00:00" ["catid"]=> string(2) "23" ["created"]=> string(19) "2015-02-06 09:53:00" ["created_by"]=> string(3) "663" ["created_by_alias"]=> string(0) "" ["modified"]=> string(19) "2015-04-24 19:06:23" ["modified_by"]=> string(3) "663" ["modified_by_name"]=> NULL ["publish_up"]=> string(19) "2015-02-06 09:53:00" ["publish_down"]=> string(19) "0000-00-00 00:00:00" ["images"]=> string(173) "{"image_intro":"","float_intro":"","image_intro_alt":"","image_intro_caption":"","image_fulltext":"","float_fulltext":"","image_fulltext_alt":"","image_fulltext_caption":""}" ["urls"]=> string(121) "{"urla":false,"urlatext":"","targeta":"","urlb":false,"urlbtext":"","targetb":"","urlc":false,"urlctext":"","targetc":""}" ["attribs"]=> string(593) "{"show_title":"","link_titles":"","show_tags":"","show_intro":"","info_block_position":"","show_category":"","link_category":"","show_parent_category":"","link_parent_category":"","show_author":"","link_author":"","show_create_date":"","show_modify_date":"","show_publish_date":"","show_item_navigation":"","show_icons":"","show_print_icon":"","show_email_icon":"","show_vote":"","show_hits":"","show_noauth":"","urls_position":"","alternative_readmore":"","article_layout":"","show_publishing_options":"","show_article_options":"","show_urls_images_backend":"","show_urls_images_frontend":""}" ["metadata"]=> string(53) "{"robots":"","author":"","rights":"","xreference":""}" ["metakey"]=> string(0) "" ["metadesc"]=> string(0) "" ["access"]=> string(1) "1" ["hits"]=> string(4) "4210" ["xreference"]=> string(0) "" ["featured"]=> string(1) "0" ["language"]=> string(1) "*" ["readmore"]=> string(5) "13056" ["state"]=> string(1) "1" ["category_title"]=> string(15) "Regional Briefs" ["category_route"]=> string(15) "regional-briefs" ["category_access"]=> string(1) "1" ["category_alias"]=> string(15) "regional-briefs" ["author"]=> NULL ["author_email"]=> NULL ["parent_title"]=> string(4) "ROOT" ["parent_id"]=> string(1) "1" ["parent_route"]=> string(0) "" ["parent_alias"]=> string(4) "root" ["rating"]=> NULL ["rating_count"]=> NULL ["published"]=> string(1) "1" ["parents_published"]=> string(1) "1" ["alternative_readmore"]=> NULL ["layout"]=> NULL ["params"]=> object(Joomla\Registry\Registry)#2010 (3) { ["data":protected]=> object(stdClass)#2004 (86) { ["article_layout"]=> string(9) "_:default" ["show_title"]=> string(1) "1" ["link_titles"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_intro"]=> string(1) "1" ["info_block_position"]=> string(1) "0" ["info_block_show_title"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_category"]=> string(1) "1" ["link_category"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_parent_category"]=> string(1) "0" ["link_parent_category"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_author"]=> string(1) "0" ["link_author"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_create_date"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_modify_date"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_publish_date"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_item_navigation"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_vote"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_readmore"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_readmore_title"]=> string(1) "1" ["readmore_limit"]=> string(3) "100" ["show_tags"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_icons"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_print_icon"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_email_icon"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_hits"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_noauth"]=> string(1) "0" ["urls_position"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_publishing_options"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_article_options"]=> string(1) "1" ["save_history"]=> string(1) "1" ["history_limit"]=> int(10) ["show_urls_images_frontend"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_urls_images_backend"]=> string(1) "1" ["targeta"]=> int(0) ["targetb"]=> int(0) ["targetc"]=> int(0) ["float_intro"]=> string(4) "left" ["float_fulltext"]=> string(4) "left" ["category_layout"]=> string(9) "_:default" ["show_category_heading_title_text"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_category_title"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_description"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_description_image"]=> string(1) "0" ["maxLevel"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_empty_categories"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_no_articles"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_subcat_desc"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_cat_num_articles"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_cat_tags"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_base_description"]=> string(1) "1" ["maxLevelcat"]=> string(2) "-1" ["show_empty_categories_cat"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_subcat_desc_cat"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_cat_num_articles_cat"]=> string(1) "1" ["num_leading_articles"]=> string(1) "1" ["num_intro_articles"]=> string(1) "4" ["num_columns"]=> string(1) "2" ["num_links"]=> string(1) "4" ["multi_column_order"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_subcategory_content"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_pagination_limit"]=> string(1) "1" ["filter_field"]=> string(4) "hide" ["show_headings"]=> string(1) "1" ["list_show_date"]=> string(1) "0" ["date_format"]=> string(0) "" ["list_show_hits"]=> string(1) "1" ["list_show_author"]=> string(1) "1" ["orderby_pri"]=> string(5) "order" ["orderby_sec"]=> string(5) "rdate" ["order_date"]=> string(9) "published" ["show_pagination"]=> string(1) "2" ["show_pagination_results"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_featured"]=> string(4) "show" ["show_feed_link"]=> string(1) "1" ["feed_summary"]=> string(1) "0" ["feed_show_readmore"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_page_heading"]=> string(1) "0" ["layout_type"]=> string(4) "blog" ["menu_text"]=> int(1) ["menu_show"]=> int(1) ["secure"]=> int(0) ["page_title"]=> string(15) "Regional Briefs" ["page_description"]=> string(31) "Monthly US - Mexico Border News" ["page_rights"]=> NULL ["robots"]=> NULL ["access-view"]=> bool(true) } ["initialized":protected]=> bool(true) ["separator"]=> string(1) "." } ["displayDate"]=> string(19) "2015-02-06 09:53:00" ["tags"]=> object(JHelperTags)#2011 (4) { ["tagsChanged":protected]=> bool(false) ["replaceTags":protected]=> bool(false) ["typeAlias"]=> NULL ["itemTags"]=> array(0) { } } ["slug"]=> string(42) "84:regional-briefs-west-zone-february-2015" ["parent_slug"]=> NULL ["catslug"]=> string(18) "23:regional-briefs" ["event"]=> object(stdClass)#2035 (3) { ["afterDisplayTitle"]=> string(0) "" ["beforeDisplayContent"]=> string(0) "" ["afterDisplayContent"]=> string(0) "" } ["text"]=> string(1010) "

 

Foreign investment in Tijuana reached US$435 million in 2014

Xavier Peniche-Bustamante, Tijuana Secretary of Economic Development, acknowledged that 2014 was a year of great economic challenges but also of opportunities with foreign investment reaching a value of US$435 million.He indicated that this level of investment created 1,000 new jobs according to the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS). He also indicated that 48 new manufacturing projects will open for operation in the city.The Secretary stated that 565 manufacturing operations are established in Tijuana with 180,000 workers in five specialized clusters: Aerospace with 8,000 workers, automotive with 18,000, medical devices with 38,000, and electronics with 55,000.

" } [2]=> object(stdClass)#1649 (53) { ["id"]=> string(2) "85" ["title"]=> string(44) "Regional Briefs Central Zone (February 2015)" ["alias"]=> string(42) "regional-briefs-central-zone-february-2015" ["introtext"]=> string(957) "

 

ERO Intermodal Services starts operations in Santa Teresa

 

ERO Intermodal Services inaugurated its new operation in the Santa Teresa Intermodal Park in New Mexico. The company provides logistics services, container storage and mechanical service for rail-related business and plans to hire 50 employees within the next three years.Ernie Olivas, President of ERO Intermodal Services, said the company invested nearly US$ 1.2 million into the project on acquisition on land, properties and buildings and plans to invest even more in the following years.The company purchased six acres in the Santa Teresa Intermodal Park on which it has established a 6,000-foot parts shop for trailers, as well as a container and equipment yard.

" ["fulltext"]=> string(9400) "

 


 

 

 

Las Cruces ranks #15 of the Top 25 Places in the country to retire

 

The data that Forbes examined to determine the top 25 places in the country for retirement included housing and living costs, taxes, weather and air quality, crime rates, doctor availability, and active-lifestyle rankings for walkability, bicycling and volunteering; as well as economic data with an eye toward a “working” retirement. Abilene, TX ranked number one place to retire.Some of the factors that favor Las Cruces were: Situated 45 miles from the Mexican border. Pros: College town (New Mexico State University), good economy, cost of living 8% below national average, median home price $176,000, good state tax environment, warm, dry climate. Cons: Low doctors per capita and a “low walkability” rank.


 

 

Groundbreaking of Medical Complex in Juarez

 

Chihuahua Governor Duarte led the groundbreaking of the new US$4 million medical complex that will accommodate an oncology hospital.The new development is being built on the old grounds of the Juarez Racetrack. The city of Juarez will also build a new convention center on the same property location.After four years of planning and two years of negotiations between the federal and state governments over the use of the racetrack land, the project will soon become a reality. Last month, President Peña Nieto donated the land to the state. The land has a market value of US$11 million, officials said.Governor Duarte stated: “Today we begin one of the most anticipated projects for the Juarez community”.


 

 

Notable Number of New Jobs created in Border States

 

The State of Chihuahua registered 48,014 new positions for workers during the calendar year 2014 according to Mexican Social Security Institute, the highest number in the last nine years.According to the statistics, job growth in the state of Chihuahua placed third within the northern border states for the US-Mexico border. The first place in terms of job creation was the State of Nuevo Leon with 83,510 new positions and the State of Baja California ranks second with 71,158.Baja California had an especially intensive push to close out its year that included increasing its employment numbers and posting year over year increases in jobs, growth, investment, and overall economic development.


 

DLCP Executive Director Resigns

 

Downtown Las Cruces Partnership (DLCP) Board President John L. Hummer announced that Executive Director Carrie La Tour resigned her position effective Dec. 23.DLCP is a not-for-profit, state and nationally certified “Main Street” organization that embraces a vision to create an economically vibrant downtown.La Tour left a stronger foundation; than the one she inherited. She served as executive director for three years. The DCLP's Executive Committee plans to appoint an interim executive director in the very near future and will post the position details for the permanent position."The City of Las Cruces has seen a great rise in the capacity and professionalism with DLCP during Carrie La Tour's tenure.” said Robert Garza, Las Cruces city manager.


 

 

Cenaltec Honors Mr. Jaime Bermudez-Cuaron

 

The High Technology Training Center (Cenaltec) Juarez celebrated its 15th Anniversary by honoring its founder Mr. Jaime Bermudez-Cuaron. Manuel Russek-Valles the Secretary of Economy for the state of Chihuahua, highlighted Mr. Bermudez’ maquiladora initiative starting with Philips, which was the first maquiladora to receive training courses.Cenaltec is a public institution offering technician training courses and skills development programs, in those specific areas demanded by industry and leading companies in various manufacturing sectors that require a high level of training.At least 20,000 students have graduated as technicians in one of the various training specialties: High Precision Machinery, Plastic Molding, CAD/CAM, CNC Machining, CNC Milling, CNC Lathe, TIG/MIG and Stick Welding, Metrology and GD&T, Roco Test, PLC, Computing, English, Hydraulic/Pneumatic, Electricity, Electronics, Industrial Mechanics, and Computer Assembly and Repair.


 

PMT invests in new equipment

Plastic Molding Technology, Inc. invested in new equipment over the past few months—including all-electric presses, a machining center and a 3-D printer—to help reach production goals and boost efficiency, while advancing our competitive edge and commitment to innovative, sustainable manufacturing.The three Toshiba all-electric, 55-ton molding machines began production in November, saving energy and increasing production flexibility. The new presses, replacing eight machines that were over 15 years old, represent a continued investment in PMT’s sustainability initiatives put in place over the past three years.The machines also offer our staff the flexibility to move quickly from project to project, eliminating long changeover times for molds and increasing the ability to provide JIT service for customers.


 

 

 

El Paso´s economy will grow in 2015

 

El Paso's economy is projected to grow 3 percent in 2015 after recording an estimated growth of 1.9 percent in 2014, according to the "Borderplex Economic Outlook to 2016," released recently by the UTEP Department of Economics and Finance.Tom Fullerton, a UTEP economics professor and co-author of the economic forecast, explained El Paso labor market should perform better in 2015 and carry the rest of the metropolitan economy along with it. El Paso's economic growth is projected to slow slightly in 2016 to 2.8 percent. The Las Cruces economy is projected to grow 4.1 percent in 2016.


 

 

 

Aerospace industry will invest US$230 million in Chihuahua

 

At least 11 aerospace companies will expand operations in Chihuahua in 2015, while others are considering this state to relocate, said Manuel Russek Valles, Secretary of Economy in the State of Chihuahua.The investment these 11 companies will made is up to US$230 million and the new operations will need at least 2,000 workers,” he explained. Chihuahua already has 37 aerospace companies, most of them in Chihuahua City. These companies manufacture and assemble regional and commercial aircrafts such as Cessna, Beechcraft, Bell Helicopter, Honeywell and EZ Air. The aerospace sector employs 13,000 people in Chihuahua.


 

 

Hundreds signed the petition for Santa Teresa incorporation

 

More than 800 people have signed a petition seeking to create New Mexico’s newest municipality, organizers of the petition drive said.Only 200 verified signatures are required to ask Doña Ana County officials to call a special election that would let Santa Teresa residents vote on whether to form a city. Santa Teresa is an unincorporated area of Doña Ana CountyIncorporation efforts began about six month ago, after some members of the Sunland Park City Council suggested that city consider annexing the Santa Teresa area. The petition drive was started in December by residents living at the former Santa Teresa Country Club who are convinced Sunland Park cannot provide them with municipal services, such as better streets and sufficient water and wastewater services.

 

" ["checked_out"]=> string(1) "0" ["checked_out_time"]=> string(19) "0000-00-00 00:00:00" ["catid"]=> string(2) "23" ["created"]=> string(19) "2015-02-06 10:49:00" ["created_by"]=> string(3) "663" ["created_by_alias"]=> string(0) "" ["modified"]=> string(19) "2015-04-27 17:26:46" ["modified_by"]=> string(3) "663" ["modified_by_name"]=> NULL ["publish_up"]=> string(19) "2015-02-06 10:49:00" ["publish_down"]=> string(19) "0000-00-00 00:00:00" ["images"]=> string(200) "{"image_intro":"","float_intro":"","image_intro_alt":"","image_intro_caption":"","image_fulltext":"images\/news\/01\/RBC_P.jpg","float_fulltext":"","image_fulltext_alt":"","image_fulltext_caption":""}" ["urls"]=> string(121) "{"urla":false,"urlatext":"","targeta":"","urlb":false,"urlbtext":"","targetb":"","urlc":false,"urlctext":"","targetc":""}" ["attribs"]=> string(593) "{"show_title":"","link_titles":"","show_tags":"","show_intro":"","info_block_position":"","show_category":"","link_category":"","show_parent_category":"","link_parent_category":"","show_author":"","link_author":"","show_create_date":"","show_modify_date":"","show_publish_date":"","show_item_navigation":"","show_icons":"","show_print_icon":"","show_email_icon":"","show_vote":"","show_hits":"","show_noauth":"","urls_position":"","alternative_readmore":"","article_layout":"","show_publishing_options":"","show_article_options":"","show_urls_images_backend":"","show_urls_images_frontend":""}" ["metadata"]=> string(53) "{"robots":"","author":"","rights":"","xreference":""}" ["metakey"]=> string(0) "" ["metadesc"]=> string(0) "" ["access"]=> string(1) "1" ["hits"]=> string(4) "3866" ["xreference"]=> string(0) "" ["featured"]=> string(1) "0" ["language"]=> string(1) "*" ["readmore"]=> string(4) "9400" ["state"]=> string(1) "1" ["category_title"]=> string(15) "Regional Briefs" ["category_route"]=> string(15) "regional-briefs" ["category_access"]=> string(1) "1" ["category_alias"]=> string(15) "regional-briefs" ["author"]=> NULL ["author_email"]=> NULL ["parent_title"]=> string(4) "ROOT" ["parent_id"]=> string(1) "1" ["parent_route"]=> string(0) "" ["parent_alias"]=> string(4) "root" ["rating"]=> NULL ["rating_count"]=> NULL ["published"]=> string(1) "1" ["parents_published"]=> string(1) "1" ["alternative_readmore"]=> NULL ["layout"]=> NULL ["params"]=> object(Joomla\Registry\Registry)#2000 (3) { ["data":protected]=> object(stdClass)#262 (86) { ["article_layout"]=> string(9) "_:default" ["show_title"]=> string(1) "1" ["link_titles"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_intro"]=> string(1) "1" ["info_block_position"]=> string(1) "0" ["info_block_show_title"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_category"]=> string(1) "1" ["link_category"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_parent_category"]=> string(1) "0" ["link_parent_category"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_author"]=> string(1) "0" ["link_author"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_create_date"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_modify_date"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_publish_date"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_item_navigation"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_vote"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_readmore"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_readmore_title"]=> string(1) "1" ["readmore_limit"]=> string(3) "100" ["show_tags"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_icons"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_print_icon"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_email_icon"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_hits"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_noauth"]=> string(1) "0" ["urls_position"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_publishing_options"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_article_options"]=> string(1) "1" ["save_history"]=> string(1) "1" ["history_limit"]=> int(10) ["show_urls_images_frontend"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_urls_images_backend"]=> string(1) "1" ["targeta"]=> int(0) ["targetb"]=> int(0) ["targetc"]=> int(0) ["float_intro"]=> string(4) "left" ["float_fulltext"]=> string(4) "left" ["category_layout"]=> string(9) "_:default" ["show_category_heading_title_text"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_category_title"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_description"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_description_image"]=> string(1) "0" ["maxLevel"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_empty_categories"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_no_articles"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_subcat_desc"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_cat_num_articles"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_cat_tags"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_base_description"]=> string(1) "1" ["maxLevelcat"]=> string(2) "-1" ["show_empty_categories_cat"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_subcat_desc_cat"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_cat_num_articles_cat"]=> string(1) "1" ["num_leading_articles"]=> string(1) "1" ["num_intro_articles"]=> string(1) "4" ["num_columns"]=> string(1) "2" ["num_links"]=> string(1) "4" ["multi_column_order"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_subcategory_content"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_pagination_limit"]=> string(1) "1" ["filter_field"]=> string(4) "hide" ["show_headings"]=> string(1) "1" ["list_show_date"]=> string(1) "0" ["date_format"]=> string(0) "" ["list_show_hits"]=> string(1) "1" ["list_show_author"]=> string(1) "1" ["orderby_pri"]=> string(5) "order" ["orderby_sec"]=> string(5) "rdate" ["order_date"]=> string(9) "published" ["show_pagination"]=> string(1) "2" ["show_pagination_results"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_featured"]=> string(4) "show" ["show_feed_link"]=> string(1) "1" ["feed_summary"]=> string(1) "0" ["feed_show_readmore"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_page_heading"]=> string(1) "0" ["layout_type"]=> string(4) "blog" ["menu_text"]=> int(1) ["menu_show"]=> int(1) ["secure"]=> int(0) ["page_title"]=> string(15) "Regional Briefs" ["page_description"]=> string(31) "Monthly US - Mexico Border News" ["page_rights"]=> NULL ["robots"]=> NULL ["access-view"]=> bool(true) } ["initialized":protected]=> bool(true) ["separator"]=> string(1) "." } ["displayDate"]=> string(19) "2015-02-06 10:49:00" ["tags"]=> object(JHelperTags)#2002 (4) { ["tagsChanged":protected]=> bool(false) ["replaceTags":protected]=> bool(false) ["typeAlias"]=> NULL ["itemTags"]=> array(0) { } } ["slug"]=> string(45) "85:regional-briefs-central-zone-february-2015" ["parent_slug"]=> NULL ["catslug"]=> string(18) "23:regional-briefs" ["event"]=> object(stdClass)#2034 (3) { ["afterDisplayTitle"]=> string(0) "" ["beforeDisplayContent"]=> string(0) "" ["afterDisplayContent"]=> string(0) "" } ["text"]=> string(957) "

 

ERO Intermodal Services starts operations in Santa Teresa

 

ERO Intermodal Services inaugurated its new operation in the Santa Teresa Intermodal Park in New Mexico. The company provides logistics services, container storage and mechanical service for rail-related business and plans to hire 50 employees within the next three years.Ernie Olivas, President of ERO Intermodal Services, said the company invested nearly US$ 1.2 million into the project on acquisition on land, properties and buildings and plans to invest even more in the following years.The company purchased six acres in the Santa Teresa Intermodal Park on which it has established a 6,000-foot parts shop for trailers, as well as a container and equipment yard.

" } [3]=> object(stdClass)#1990 (53) { ["id"]=> string(2) "30" ["title"]=> string(40) "Regional Briefs East Zone (January 2015)" ["alias"]=> string(38) "regional-briefs-east-zone-january-2015" ["introtext"]=> string(815) "

 

Harlingen and Matamoros signed a sister city agreement

The cities of Harlingen and Matamoros signed a sister city agreement to create direct connections and promote new investments and job creation in both cities. “The cooperative goals in the agreement serve as a written plan or outline to guide decisions and projects,” Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell said. About 100 leaders and guests from both communities met for the signing at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium and then traveled to the Lon C. Hill Building at 502 E. Tyler Ave., for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally open an office that will serve as a base for the City of Matamoros.


 

" ["fulltext"]=> string(11112) "

 

Twenty companies willing to invest in Matamoros seaport

The infrastructure being built in Matamoros is attracting more than 20 companies willing to invest in the seaport, said Monica Gonzalez Garcia, secretary of Economic Development.
“Pemex will begin operations in August 2015 along with five companies they have an agreement with. Once the seaport is ready we expect an economic boom in the region,” she explained.
The local authorities said this region is also expecting to build a commercial and industrial complex nearby the seaport; therefore, more companies are looking to relocate in Matamoros.
Next February, the state government of Tamaulipas is arranging a B2B meeting to increase the local supply chain to exploration and exploitation companies interested in the region.


 

 

Modine will move some operations to its Nuevo Laredo plant

Modine Manufacturing Company, a diversified global leader in thermal management technology and solutions, announced its intention to close its manufacturing facility in McHenry, Illinois. The company plans to transfer the production to other facilities in North America, including Nuevo Laredo, to reduce costs.
“Closing the McHenry plant will help us rationalize production, maintain the scale we need in our manufacturing operations and improve our overall competitiveness and profitability,” said Scott Wollenberg, Regional Vice President – North America.
The company anticipates it will generate annual savings of at least US$5 million once the closure is completed in Fiscal Year 2016.


 

 Con-way Truckload opens IdleAir facility at Laredo terminal

Con-way Truckload has opened a dedicated IdleAir facility at its terminal in Laredo, Texas. The 19-space IdleAir facility provides in-cab services at no cost to all company drivers and independent contractors including: air conditioning, heat, internet connectivity, cable, and electricity.
IdleAir developed a customized facility designed around the needs of Con-way Truckload and its operation at the Laredo terminal. Con-way Truckload received a turnkey package of IdleAir services and support, and has already started to achieve meaningful idling reductions which have averaged more than 4,000 gallons per month.
Con-way Truckload is looking to expand its partnership with IdleAir at other terminal locations in 2015.


 

McAllen Airport Expansion Completed

The US$23.5 million expansion at McAllen-Miller International Airport is completed.
"We've got the expanded restaurant area and newsstand area, an expanded waiting area and 40,000 additional square feet that we added," explained Elizabeth Suarez, the City of Mc Allen aviation director.
She said the airport handles about 60 percent of commercial traffic in and out from the Rio Grande Valley.
Although most of the project is completed, there are still a few portions under construction.


 

DHR announces new medical complex in McAllen

A new medical complex will be built at the junction where McAllen, Pharr and Edinburg city limits meet, officials announced. Renaissance Center Subdivision, a US$200 million project of Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance (DHR), could be the site of collaboration between the hospital and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV).
McAllen spent about US$16 million and invested US$5 million in infrastructure and made five acres available for UTRGV with an option for an additional five acres for the school.
The rest of the property in the 380 agreement is going to be developed by DHR.


 

City of Brownsville has a stable credit

Moody’s assigned the City of Brownsville an Aa3 rating; this classifies the city as a low credit risk. The Aa3 rating is the fourth-best rating Moody’s gives on a scale that spans 21 ratings with C as its worst. S&P gave Brownsville an AA- rating, which is the agency’s Aa3 equivalent.
Both agencies noted the city’s fund balance, which is expected to be at least 15% of the yearly operating budget.
Moody’s said the strength of the city’s fund balance contributed to its high rating, as did increases in sales tax collections and Brownsville’s “sizeable” tax base, reportedly US$5.98 billion.


 

International bridge Comercio Mundial to get an upgrade

In 2015, the international bridge 3, better known as Comercio Mundial, will get an upgrade. The municipal Government of Nuevo Laredo authorized US$ 6.7 million for eight projects in this port of entry.
The projects include the construction of exclusive lanes for NEEC companies in the export area, two additional lanes for regular cargo, a parking lot for vehicle inspection conducted by the SAT, and the extension of the payment unit.
In the import area, the old units will be demolished, an old curve will get an extension for regular cargo use and a parking lot will be constructed for vehicles to be inspected. These changes also include the relocation of the gamma rays units and the exclusive NEEC lanes. Also, two new units will be built.


Space X to start private orbital launch facility

Space Exploration Technologies Corporation announced that it is planning to start a private orbital launch facility on Boca Chica Beach near Brownsville. Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX, said that the very first astronaut who will land on the surface of the Red Planet could be launched from this facility.
Brownsville Economic Development Council's executive vice president, Gilberto Salinas, said that the new project of the space transport services company will take the city to a whole different level in the state of Texas.
"SpaceX will be one of several companies that are going to make Texas the leader in the space industry, except now it's going to be in the commercial side. We're excited to be a part of that,” he commented.


 

Maquiladora expansions demand more personnel in Nuevo Laredo

The increase in production and some maquiladoras´ expansions during the last month of 2014 created at least 500 vacancies in Nuevo Laredo, said Luis Eduardo Martinez Lopez, secretary of the Maquila Union.
He explained each maquiladora expansion represent 80 to 120 vacancies, most of them in the manufacturing lines.
Some of the companies looking for workers in the Nuevo Laredo area are: Teleflex Medical, Tricon de Mexico, Linamar, Delphi and Alumbrados Fromex.
Nuevo Laredo forecasts an 8% growth in manufacturing during 2015; therefore, more workers in all areas will be needed next year.


 

 

Binational tourism to be promoted

The City of San Benito approved a resolution with the city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, to exchange information and common interests relating to tourism. The partnership will create an opportunity for increased trade as well as shared efforts in education, tourism and public safety, officials said.
Matamoros is promoting the medical tourism in the region while San Benito wants to attract more shoppers and visitors. These two cities are 20 miles apart; therefore, their economies and social ties are strong.
Recently, Harlingen and South Padre Island adopted partnership agreements with Matamoros. This Mexican border city has offices in the U.S. cities to promote regional travel.


 

 

Break Parts Inc. to start operations in Nuevo Laredo

The U.S. company Break Parts Inc. will start operations in Nuevo Laredo by the end of January 2015. This company manufactures automotive breaks.
Francisco Javier Solis Morales, Economic Development secretary for this municipality, said the company hired 50 people on December 2014 and 100 additional jobs will be created on January 2015.
“This company already has expansion plans and by the end of 2015 its workforce might reach additional 500 employees,” he explained.
The company rented 100,000 square feet but by the end of this year it might extend up to 150,000 square feet.


 

More automotive maquiladoras will settle in Reynosa

In 2015, Reynosa can get 4 new automotive companies, all of them Kia Motors ‘suppliers, said Omar Elizondo Garcia, Economic Development and Employment secretary.
“We are offering incentives to these companies and their openings might be on March 2015,” he informed. “In 2014 we had 40 maquiladora expansions and created 10,000 new jobs, but we are still looking for investors.”
The Reynosa forecast for 2015 is positive and this city believes the industry and energy sectors will make this city grow in the nearby future. The tourism and retail sectors also estimate a boom this year.


 

VivaAerobus launches nonstop flights from Monterrey to Las Vegas

VivaAerobus officials say the airline is again flying nonstop between Las Vegas and Monterrey, Mexico. The airline said it will offer the flights four days a week: Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday.
VivaAerobus returns after dropping Las Vegas as a destination in January 2013.
The airline's arrival at McCarran International Airport nearly doubles the number of possible passengers travelling from Monterrey to Las Vegas compared with a year ago.
Vegas tourism officials say travelers from Mexico are the second largest group among international visitors to the destination.
VivaAerobus says fares start at US$99 one-way.

 

" ["checked_out"]=> string(1) "0" ["checked_out_time"]=> string(19) "0000-00-00 00:00:00" ["catid"]=> string(2) "23" ["created"]=> string(19) "2015-01-15 11:31:06" ["created_by"]=> string(3) "663" ["created_by_alias"]=> string(0) "" ["modified"]=> string(19) "2015-04-24 19:43:56" ["modified_by"]=> string(3) "663" ["modified_by_name"]=> NULL ["publish_up"]=> string(19) "2015-01-15 11:31:04" ["publish_down"]=> string(19) "0000-00-00 00:00:00" ["images"]=> string(173) "{"image_intro":"","float_intro":"","image_intro_alt":"","image_intro_caption":"","image_fulltext":"","float_fulltext":"","image_fulltext_alt":"","image_fulltext_caption":""}" ["urls"]=> string(121) "{"urla":false,"urlatext":"","targeta":"","urlb":false,"urlbtext":"","targetb":"","urlc":false,"urlctext":"","targetc":""}" ["attribs"]=> string(593) "{"show_title":"","link_titles":"","show_tags":"","show_intro":"","info_block_position":"","show_category":"","link_category":"","show_parent_category":"","link_parent_category":"","show_author":"","link_author":"","show_create_date":"","show_modify_date":"","show_publish_date":"","show_item_navigation":"","show_icons":"","show_print_icon":"","show_email_icon":"","show_vote":"","show_hits":"","show_noauth":"","urls_position":"","alternative_readmore":"","article_layout":"","show_publishing_options":"","show_article_options":"","show_urls_images_backend":"","show_urls_images_frontend":""}" ["metadata"]=> string(53) "{"robots":"","author":"","rights":"","xreference":""}" ["metakey"]=> string(0) "" ["metadesc"]=> string(0) "" ["access"]=> string(1) "1" ["hits"]=> string(4) "4363" ["xreference"]=> string(0) "" ["featured"]=> string(1) "0" ["language"]=> string(1) "*" ["readmore"]=> string(5) "11112" ["state"]=> string(1) "1" ["category_title"]=> string(15) "Regional Briefs" ["category_route"]=> string(15) "regional-briefs" ["category_access"]=> string(1) "1" ["category_alias"]=> string(15) "regional-briefs" ["author"]=> NULL ["author_email"]=> NULL ["parent_title"]=> string(4) "ROOT" ["parent_id"]=> string(1) "1" ["parent_route"]=> string(0) "" ["parent_alias"]=> string(4) "root" ["rating"]=> NULL ["rating_count"]=> NULL ["published"]=> string(1) "1" ["parents_published"]=> string(1) "1" ["alternative_readmore"]=> NULL ["layout"]=> NULL ["params"]=> object(Joomla\Registry\Registry)#2013 (3) { ["data":protected]=> object(stdClass)#1997 (86) { ["article_layout"]=> string(9) "_:default" ["show_title"]=> string(1) "1" ["link_titles"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_intro"]=> string(1) "1" ["info_block_position"]=> string(1) "0" ["info_block_show_title"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_category"]=> string(1) "1" ["link_category"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_parent_category"]=> string(1) "0" ["link_parent_category"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_author"]=> string(1) "0" ["link_author"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_create_date"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_modify_date"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_publish_date"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_item_navigation"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_vote"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_readmore"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_readmore_title"]=> string(1) "1" ["readmore_limit"]=> string(3) "100" ["show_tags"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_icons"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_print_icon"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_email_icon"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_hits"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_noauth"]=> string(1) "0" ["urls_position"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_publishing_options"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_article_options"]=> string(1) "1" ["save_history"]=> string(1) "1" ["history_limit"]=> int(10) ["show_urls_images_frontend"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_urls_images_backend"]=> string(1) "1" ["targeta"]=> int(0) ["targetb"]=> int(0) ["targetc"]=> int(0) ["float_intro"]=> string(4) "left" ["float_fulltext"]=> string(4) "left" ["category_layout"]=> string(9) "_:default" ["show_category_heading_title_text"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_category_title"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_description"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_description_image"]=> string(1) "0" ["maxLevel"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_empty_categories"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_no_articles"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_subcat_desc"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_cat_num_articles"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_cat_tags"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_base_description"]=> string(1) "1" ["maxLevelcat"]=> string(2) "-1" ["show_empty_categories_cat"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_subcat_desc_cat"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_cat_num_articles_cat"]=> string(1) "1" ["num_leading_articles"]=> string(1) "1" ["num_intro_articles"]=> string(1) "4" ["num_columns"]=> string(1) "2" ["num_links"]=> string(1) "4" ["multi_column_order"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_subcategory_content"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_pagination_limit"]=> string(1) "1" ["filter_field"]=> string(4) "hide" ["show_headings"]=> string(1) "1" ["list_show_date"]=> string(1) "0" ["date_format"]=> string(0) "" ["list_show_hits"]=> string(1) "1" ["list_show_author"]=> string(1) "1" ["orderby_pri"]=> string(5) "order" ["orderby_sec"]=> string(5) "rdate" ["order_date"]=> string(9) "published" ["show_pagination"]=> string(1) "2" ["show_pagination_results"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_featured"]=> string(4) "show" ["show_feed_link"]=> string(1) "1" ["feed_summary"]=> string(1) "0" ["feed_show_readmore"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_page_heading"]=> string(1) "0" ["layout_type"]=> string(4) "blog" ["menu_text"]=> int(1) ["menu_show"]=> int(1) ["secure"]=> int(0) ["page_title"]=> string(15) "Regional Briefs" ["page_description"]=> string(31) "Monthly US - Mexico Border News" ["page_rights"]=> NULL ["robots"]=> NULL ["access-view"]=> bool(true) } ["initialized":protected]=> bool(true) ["separator"]=> string(1) "." } ["displayDate"]=> string(19) "2015-01-15 11:31:06" ["tags"]=> object(JHelperTags)#2014 (4) { ["tagsChanged":protected]=> bool(false) ["replaceTags":protected]=> bool(false) ["typeAlias"]=> NULL ["itemTags"]=> array(0) { } } ["slug"]=> string(41) "30:regional-briefs-east-zone-january-2015" ["parent_slug"]=> NULL ["catslug"]=> string(18) "23:regional-briefs" ["event"]=> object(stdClass)#2036 (3) { ["afterDisplayTitle"]=> string(0) "" ["beforeDisplayContent"]=> string(0) "" ["afterDisplayContent"]=> string(0) "" } ["text"]=> string(815) "

 

Harlingen and Matamoros signed a sister city agreement

The cities of Harlingen and Matamoros signed a sister city agreement to create direct connections and promote new investments and job creation in both cities. “The cooperative goals in the agreement serve as a written plan or outline to guide decisions and projects,” Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell said. About 100 leaders and guests from both communities met for the signing at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium and then traveled to the Lon C. Hill Building at 502 E. Tyler Ave., for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally open an office that will serve as a base for the City of Matamoros.


 

" } }
string(52) "Exports through the Juarez-El Paso region grew 14% "
string(41) "Regional Briefs East Zone (February 2015)"

string(41) "Regional Briefs West Zone (February 2015)"

string(44) "Regional Briefs Central Zone (February 2015)"

string(40) "Regional Briefs East Zone (January 2015)"

Exports through the Juarez-El Paso region grew by 14.4 % during the first quarter this year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Division. Records show that Mexico exported merchandise valued US$12.8 billion, which is 14.4% more than the US$11.2 billion for the same period in 2015. Imports grew even more in this lapse; the U.S. introduced goods into Mexico worth US$10.9 billion by this region, representing 18.1% more than the US$9.8 billion record during the first trimester in 2015. As a result, trade surplus in Mexico was reduced by 3%, shifting from US$1.95 billion to US$1.89 billion.

 

Border cities get digital TV signal

 

The Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) ceased the analogue TV signal in Reynosa, Matamoros and Nuevo Laredo. Now, these border cities have fully digital TV signal and at least 18 channels.According to federal officials, at least 90 percent of the population in these cities has a digital TV. The analogue televisions will not receive any signal unless they have a decoder. The Federal Government gave away 120, 589 digital televisions to poor communities in these border cities. Maria Lizarraga Iriarte, an IFT official, said this new digital era will benefit the population because they will have more entertainment options while the reception and audio are enhanced.

 

Foreign investment in Tijuana reached US$435 million in 2014

Xavier Peniche-Bustamante, Tijuana Secretary of Economic Development, acknowledged that 2014 was a year of great economic challenges but also of opportunities with foreign investment reaching a value of US$435 million.He indicated that this level of investment created 1,000 new jobs according to the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS). He also indicated that 48 new manufacturing projects will open for operation in the city.The Secretary stated that 565 manufacturing operations are established in Tijuana with 180,000 workers in five specialized clusters: Aerospace with 8,000 workers, automotive with 18,000, medical devices with 38,000, and electronics with 55,000.

 

ERO Intermodal Services starts operations in Santa Teresa

 

ERO Intermodal Services inaugurated its new operation in the Santa Teresa Intermodal Park in New Mexico. The company provides logistics services, container storage and mechanical service for rail-related business and plans to hire 50 employees within the next three years.Ernie Olivas, President of ERO Intermodal Services, said the company invested nearly US$ 1.2 million into the project on acquisition on land, properties and buildings and plans to invest even more in the following years.The company purchased six acres in the Santa Teresa Intermodal Park on which it has established a 6,000-foot parts shop for trailers, as well as a container and equipment yard.

 

Harlingen and Matamoros signed a sister city agreement

The cities of Harlingen and Matamoros signed a sister city agreement to create direct connections and promote new investments and job creation in both cities. “The cooperative goals in the agreement serve as a written plan or outline to guide decisions and projects,” Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell said. About 100 leaders and guests from both communities met for the signing at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium and then traveled to the Lon C. Hill Building at 502 E. Tyler Ave., for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally open an office that will serve as a base for the City of Matamoros.


 




Copyright © All rights reserved 2017 BORDERNOW
MEXICONOW | BORDER-NOW
Any questions or comments? Reach us at 1-877-864-8528 from the U.S. 01-800-170-1010 from Mexico information@border-now.com