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Harlingen EDC
Contact: Raudel Garza
2424 Boxwood St, Ste. 125
Harlingen, TX 78550
Phone: 956-216-5085

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Welcome to Harlingen, Texas
Crossroads of the Rio Grande Valley

Since the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Rio Grande Valley (located in extreme south Texas along the border with Mexico) has been among the leaders in the nation in job and population growth.

Harlingen, Texas is located at the Crossroads of the Rio Grande Valley at the gateway to the Americas! Harlingen's central location in the Valley (with a population of 1.2 million) has allowed it to share in this growth and prosperity.

Harlingen offers all the advantages of a Texas location (ranked "America's Top State for Business" by CNBC) with close proximity to the "near-shore" advantages of Mexico. Major firms like United Launch Alliance (a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin), Dish Network, Penske Logistics, Panasonic, Cardone Industries (the world's largest re-manufacturer of auto parts), and many others have established profitable and productive homes in Harlingen.

In addition to the "bottom line" advantages, Harlingen boasts a quality of life that not only makes it easier to attract quality employees, but insures a growing, productive labor force well into the future.

Skilled Labor in Harlingen, TX
Ready to Serve

Harlingen, Texas has a growing skilled labor force. The agriculture industry used to be the dominant industry, but Harlingen has diversified. Agriculture still serves an important part in the Harlingen economy, but one of the fastest growing industries in Harlingen is the health care industry. Valley Baptist Medical System employs a great number of people in Harlingen, and the Regional Academic Health Center has brought more emphasis on the medical industry in South Texas.

South Texas has a strong emphasis on higher education. Texas State Technical College in Harlingen and other major universities in South Texas provide a steady supply of skilled labor experienced in technology.

The job rate in Harlingen, Texas is projected to increase. Harlingen's location in central Rio Grande Valley has it poised for vast growth as businesses find the advantages to relocating to the Rio Grande Valley near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Harlingen Enjoys Close Economic Ties With Mexico

Harlingen's close proximity to Mexico has created business opportunities that cannot be found in most areas of the United States. The Rio Grande Valley enjoys close economic ties with Mexico, as the growing maquiladora industry shows. Cameron County, of which Harlingen is a part, also has a foreign trade zone, the largest in Texas and one of the largest in the United States. These international opportunities just can't be found in most parts of the country.

Foreign Trade Zone #62

Foreign Trade Zone #62 is located in Cameron County, Texas and includes sites at the Harlingen Industrial Park and the Airpark at Valley International Airport in Harlingen. FTZ #62 is one of the largest foreign trade zones in the United States and the largest in Texas.

Traveling Texas and the U.S. is Easy from Harlingen!

Harlingen is truly the "Crossroads of the Rio Grande Valley." Its crossroads encompass every mode of transportation: air, rail, highway and waterway.

Whether it is personal travel or importing and exporting goods and equipment, it is much easier when there are plenty of options. Water access from the Port of Harlingen, personal and commercial air service from the Valley International Airport, and the NAFTA CargoPort hub, or direct rail service with the Union Pacific Railroad makes the transportation for business or pleasure in Harlingen a breeze.

About Harlingen
A Growing Community

Harlingen is a town of an estimated population of 68,550, with a strong reputation as a trade and transportation center, home to an international airport, a port, an international bridge, a state college, and huge medical complex.

Harlingen is also the second largest city in Cameron County and the third largest in the Rio Grande Valley. The city covers more than 34 square miles (88 km2) and has an elevation of 38 feet (11.6m) above sea level.

Available Properties

Harlingen offers a wide variety of properties to accommodate your real estate needs. A comprehensive building and sites database is accessible online at http://www.harlingenedc.com/available-properties/

Harlingen Economic Development Corporation
Creating New Jobs For The Community

The Harlingen Economic Development Corporation (EDC), founded in 1990, has played a major role in the growth and development of the community.

The primary purpose of the Harlingen EDC is to assist in the creation of new job opportunities and the attraction of new investment to Harlingen. Over the years, the EDC has assisted major local employers such as Dish Network, Valley Baptist Medical Center, Advanced Call Center Technologies, United Launch Alliance, Penske Logistics, Valley International Cold Storage, Aloe Laboratories, Penn Aluminum, ITD Precision, West Corporation, and many others in locating or expanding operations here.

A secondary purpose is to provide assistance to commercial developers planning large scale projects in Harlingen. Recent examples include providing infrastructure assistance for Harlingen Corners, a $39 million, 30 acre retail development featuring Kohl's and Logan's Roadhouse, and Harrison Crossing, an $8.5 million retail development that is home to Walgreen's, T-Mobile and Starbucks.

The Harlingen EDC also helps build community "capacity" through a wide variety of projects including health care, education and training, airport improvements, industrial and business park development, and special infrastructure improvements like water and sewer lines and streets.

The Harlingen EDC provides complete and confidential site location services free of charge to its clients.

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