America’s Newest International Crossing to Mexico Coming 2009

April 28, 2009

MISSION, Texas, April 28 /PRNewswire/ — Despite a struggling U.S. economy, there is still a critical infrastructure investment in the Rio Grande Valley city of Mission, Texas. Officials have announced the completion date for the Anzalduas International Crossing, America’s newest border crossing into Mexico. This will signal big growth for Mission and surrounding South Texas areas.

Since 1994 NAFTA has helped open international trade possibilities with Mexico and Canada. Only minutes from the U.S.-Mexico border, Mission is in a position to capitalize on this market globalization.

There currently are two international crossings in the Mission area, the Hidalgo-Reynosa and Pharr-Reynosa international bridges. However, Anzalduas International Crossing will be the newest and one of the largest international crossings in the country.

Further, it will directly connect Mission to Reynosa, Taumalipas (a primary hub for maquiladoras and industrial activity in Mexico), and undoubtedly increase traffic flow in the area and strengthen economic ties.

Burst of Infrastructure Investment

The United States and Mexico partnered to build the Anzalduas International Crossing, a $168 million investment.

“This is a very unique international area. Communities on both sides of the border have been very cooperative in recent years in helping to make the area economy strong and secure,” said Pat Townsend Jr., CEO of the Mission Economic Development Authority.

With construction of the future NAFTA highway, which will eventually connect Mexico and Canada, Mission will see an increase in traffic, population and industrial development.

Nearby Mexican Towns Are Industrial Giants

Eight international bridges connect South Texas with the industrial border communities of Reynosa, Matamoros and Monterrey, Mexico. Together, regional population totals more than 3 million with the Mission/McAllen area being their nearest U.S. retail market.

Reynosa is one of the most important cities in Mexico when it comes to importing and exporting goods and vehicle traffic. This has made Mission and other South Texas border regions an important international gateway to the United States.

Solid Sales Tax Receipts

Mexico plays a critical role in Mission’s economy, bringing in a tremendous amount of sales tax revenue. Mexican nationals are reported to spend three times more than the average American shopper.

“Businesses interested in the area simply need to see the enormous growth potential that the Anzalduas Bridge brings to the area,” said Pat Townsend Jr., Mission Economic Development Authority CEO.

    Daniel Silva
    Mission Economic Development Authority

SOURCE Mission Economic Development Authority

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