Brownsville is on the Grow

  • Brownsville is now the second fastest growing city in the State of Texas and the 21st nationwide.
  • Over the last few years Brownsville has led the entire Rio Grande Valley in construction permits.  This attests to the vibrancy of the local economy.
  • In 2005 the city had another banner year for new retailers entering the market.
  • The Brownsville MSA along with its sister city of Matamoros, Mexico have a combined population of over one million.
  • The existence of four international bridges makes it easy for Mexican shoppers to travel into Brownsville.
  • Brownsville is the largest city in the Rio Grande Valley.
  • Cooperative efforts with the university’s International Technology, Education, and Commerce Campus has made the area more attractive to technology-based companies.
  • Multi-national companies have discovered the Brownsville/Matamoros region for investments.
  • An excellent quality of life in Brownsville/South Padre Island.
  • Brownsville’s metro area is one of the fastest-growing regions in the U.S.  The population is up 111,705 since 1990

The Mexican Factor

  • Mexican shoppers count for a large percentage of sales in Brownsville.
  • Approximately 6,500 pedestrians plus 17,000 vehicles cross into Brownsville on an average day.  Approximately 85% come to shop.
  • Matamoros alone has a population of over 600,000 people of ¼ of the entire State of Tamaulipas’ population.
  • Brownsville’s Mexican catchment area stretches from the border region to the interior including Monterrey, Veracruz and Mexico City
  • 51% of Mexican shoppers crossing the border come several times a month. 6% come on a daily basis.
  •  Reasons Mexicans shop in Brownsville: Availability of merchandise, variety, quality, customer service, and retail ambience.
  • Over 50% of the condominiums in the resort town of South Padre Island are owned by affluent Mexican families.
  • Brownsville is the closest city to South Padre Island

Education: “We’re All About Children”

  • The school district is made up of 50 schools.
  • The school district operates on a $415+ million budget
  • Local schools help prepare students for college.  Local students have been accepted to prestigious universities such as Harvard, MIT, Columbia, Yale, and Stanford to name a few.
  • Brownsville magnet schools offer advanced courses in engineering, science, math, music/art/theater, medicine and international business.
  • Brownsville schools have national and international chess champion teams.
  • This past year, Porter High School won the state championship in soccer.
  • A recently passed bond election will create a new high school, middle school, and two elementary schools.  Existing facilities will be renovated.

Private Schools

  • The city boasts an extensive selection of private and parochial schools from K-12.
  • Parochial schools include Catholic, Baptist, and Episcopalian.
  • Several Montessori based schools exist in the city.

Higher Education in the Area
University of Texas at Brownsville

  • The University of Texas at Brownsville offers degrees in 20 fields, including business, engineering, and liberal arts programs.
  • Major expansions have added a School of Public Health, new student union, bookstore, and dormitories.
  • Approximately 13,000 students are enrolled in the school.
  • The school will soon add a college soccer team.

Brownsville – Tech Schools

  • Texas Southmost College offers 500 courses in fields like electronics, accounting and data processing.  TSC also does customer-specific training courses to meet community demands
  • Texas State Technical College offers training in diverse fields like robotics, semiconductors, and welding.

The University of Texas at Brownsville:
Setting the pace for high-tech industry growth

UTB/TSC’s International, technology, Education & Commerce Campus (ITEC) is helping meet industry’s needs in a 600,000 sq.ft. complex

  • ITEC houses a 100,000 sq. ft. technical training center for customized training programs for new companies.
  • The facility is home to an innovative incubator program to help entrepreneurs take advantage of the university’s resources as well as small business loans and incentives.
  • Continuing Education programs utilize the facility for classroom instruction.
  • International trade-related offices maintain a presence in the complex.  Some of these include:
    • U.S. Department of Commerce Export-Import Bank
    • Brownsville EDC Offices
    • Small Business Administration
    • Mexican Consulate
  • A 100,000 sq. ft. conference facility will bring international-related conferences to the center.
  • The campus also offers combined courses with Texas State Technical College.
  • Available space for lease for R&D and hi-tech firms at competitive lease rates.

The Brownsville Advantage

  • Recreational opportunities include seven golf courses, and nature activities like birding, and deep-sea fishing.
  • The resort is 20 miles away, offers a quality beach, water activities, and fine restaurants.
  • The area’s top attractions include plenty of recreational opportunities, terrific weather, a low cost of living, and a bi-cultural environment.
  • The existence of four international bridges minimizes crossing times for Mexican visitors.
  • Brownsville continues to invest in its quality of life with the near completion of the master-planned Dean Porter Park which will include the Children’s Museum.
  • Construction of the World Birding Center and Veteran’s Memorial Park in Brownsville is expected to begin soon.
  • In 2001 Brownsville was selected as one of the top 10 nation-wide cities to receive the All-America City Award.  This prestigious honor is given by the National Civic League for civic excellence.

Brownsville’s Promising Future

  • A $90 million expansion has transformed the Sunrise Mall into one of the largest retail malls in the area with new national chain retailers entering the market every year since the expansion.
  • The Paseo de le Resaca project, a 4,000-unit, upscale, master-planned subdivision is taking shape north of town.
  • The new Los Tomates Bridge has opened a 2.5 mile expressway corridor to commercial/retail development.
  • Road improvements include the expansion of the main expressway from four to six lanes.  US highway 77 has also been designated to become the future Interstate 69, which will be the NAFTA Highway.
  • Forbes Magazine considers Brownsville MSA one of the hottest regions for economic growth.
  • Brownsville has been a leader in all the construction in the Rio Grande Valley.  This attests to the dynamic growth and prosperity of the community.


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