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Governor of Nuevo Leon establishes collaborative commitment between Houston and Mexico


The Nuevo Leon state government visited the partnership this week with the aim of strengthening relations between the two regions, focusing on the development of their energy, logistics, life sciences and technology ecosystems. This visit follows last month’s successful economic development trip to Mexico, led by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Houston First Corp. and the Partnership.

Nuevo Leon Governor Samuel Garciaeconomics secretary Maestro Ivan Rivas Rodriguezand General Manager of the Corporation for the Development of the Border Zone of Nuevo León Dr. Marco Antonio Gonzalez Valdez all attended a luncheon where they discussed infrastructure proposals and the state’s thriving economy.

International Bridges Master Plan

Gonzalez presented Nuevo Leon’s plan to modernize the Port of Colombia, referring to the project as a priority for Governor Garcia’s administration. The Port of Columbia is the only international bridge directly connecting Texas to Nuevo Leon and ranks #3 in total customs federal tax collection between the United States and Mexico. Gonzales discussed plans to maximize port activity, noting advanced talks to reactivate a railroad to the border town. He also said that establishing a cargo airport and promoting the strategic relocation of export factories are key goals for the administration.

The flourishing “economy”

Economy Secretary Maestro Iván Rivas Rodríguez discussed the economy of Nuevo Leon, led by the capital Monterrey, which accounts for 92% of the state’s population. Rodriguez pointed to Nuevo Leon’s business and labor competition, noting that it generates 7.8% of Mexico’s GDP while the state represents only 4.6% of the country’s population.

Rodriguez shared other economic factors, focusing on the state’s foreign direct investment (FDI) records. According to the secretary, with $921 million in FDI in the fourth quarter of 2021, the state of Nuevo Leon ranked No. 1 in the country, accounting for 24% of Mexico’s total FDI.

Rodriguez also highlighted the recovery of the state from the pandemic and the business sectors. “Not only are we recovering…we’re doing a lot better,” Rodriguez said. “We are ready for businesses and people to come and make a soft landing in Nuevo Leon.”

Memorandum of Understanding

Senior Vice President and Director of Economic Development Susan Davenport, Nuevo Leon Governor Samuel Garcia and Nuevo Leon Economic Secretary signed a memorandum of understanding. The MOU represents an agreement for future collaboration between Houston and Nuevo Leon.

Remarks from the Governor of Nuevo Leon

Governor Garcia discussed the importance of the Port of Columbia project, with a focus on tax revenue. “Imagine what we can accomplish with our people…[and] with a good port.

The Mexican governor also highlighted the economic development gains of Texas and Houston. “Texas did a great job winning California. [companies]… the [growth of] the new Silicon Valley in Austin and energy issues in Houston.

Honoring Governor Garcia’s visit to Houston and anticipating multi-industry collaborations, Mayor Turner proclaimed April 26 Nuevo Leon Day.

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