Cities in Rio South Texas Region Offer an Amazing Investment Opportunity

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Cities in Rio South Texas Region Offer an Amazing Investment Opportunity

February 6, 2023

The Rio South Texas Region represents one of the most important trade zones along the U.S. Mexico border.

It is a dynamic region full of opportunities, located on the U.S. Mexico border where the State of Texas, the Mexican State of Tamaulipas and the Gulf of Mexico all meet.

Laredo, Mission, Pharr, McAllen, Weslaco, Edinburg, Harlingen and Brownsville, are some of the many cities in this privileged region that have become increasingly attractive to foreign investment with big business centers, hospitals, manufacturing companies, respected higher education institutions, all focused on the development and creation of new business.  

But what stands out from each of the above cities to attract investment from large companies to the Rio South Texas Region?


Steven Valdez, executive director Weslaco Economic Development Corporation

The City of Weslaco resides in the Rio South Texas Region, just miles away from the Mexico border.

Weslaco has quick access to the Interstate Highway IH-2, so you can drive practically anywhere in the Rio South Texas Region or across the border. These quick access points provide companies with a competitive advantage when it comes to supply chain logistics. The city has a population of 41,103 inhabitants and is part of the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission MSA, which boasts a population of over 1,694,073.

Steven Valdez, executive director Weslaco Economic Development Corporation, explained that as the region continues to grow evenly, companies see an immediate value in being able to service their customers more efficiently and cost effectively.
Several organizations have already realized the benefit such as the Army National Guard Headquarters, Texas Department of Public Safety Headquarters, a 600-member sector of the Border Patrol, IDEA Public Schools, HEB Distribution, the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council, (LRGVDC), the RGV Partnership and recently, the announcement that Glazer’s Beer & Beverage is relocating to Weslaco in 2024 with construction starting in January 2023.

Something that makes Weslaco city more attractive is their predominant sectors, that include health and education.  These two industries combined make up approximately 35 to 40% of the workforce population in Weslaco.   

 Quick Facts of Weslaco:
Quick access to Interstate Highway 2
General Aviation Airport for corporate jets & service with U.S. Customs & Border Protection Point of Entry
Eight driving miles from the Progreso International Border
Ten driving miles from the Donna - Rio Bravo International Border
Twenty-five driving miles from two international airports: Valley International Airport and McAllen Miller International Airport.
Fifty driving miles from the Port of Brownsville.