Community Development

Meet the Borderplex and be amazed

June 17, 2015  • Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program

“MESILLA, New Mexico — You’re forgiven if you’ve never heard the term “North American Borderplex.” It’s a relatively new thing.

Borderplex is the term that civic, business and social leaders, who in 2013 organized themselves under an organization called The Borderplex Alliance, call the region that covers Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, El Paso, Texas, and surrounding counties in Texas and the southern New Mexico region.

Though The Borderplex Alliance is primarily an economic development body, it has found a way to knit together stakeholders in the communities of the region to attract as much business, talent and expertise as possible.

Over the course of a week of meetings organized by The Aspen Institute’s Latinos and Society Program, I met with representatives of seemingly every industry and health and social service provider, plus various nonprofits. They’re all singing from the same choir book — and in tune.”

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