By Mario Pena Economic Development April 17, 2019 Cameron County, Texas is an ideal location for manufacturing and international trade. Our County is located at the souhtern-most tip of Texas bordering Mexico. Graced with a deep-water port in Brownsville, access to the Intrcoastal Canal from the Port of Harlingen or the Port Isabel-San Benito Navigation District. The County has four international toll bridges crossing into Mexico, two long runway commercial airports and one long runway general aviation airport each with a FBO that can provide aviation services, one recently opened international rail bridge into Mexico and a low tax environment. Perhaps the most important feature of our region is our abundant skilled labor force. Brownsville is home to the University of Texas RGV and Harlingen provides technical training skills at the Texas State Technical College where allied health, welding, computer science, aviatronics and other skills are offered. The County seeks to encourage businesses and industries to take advantage of our low-tax environvent, affordable utilities, and warm climate. Our county offers to any new business employees a quality of life full of recreational opportunities along our coast and beaches, golf courses or at any of the nature sites where birding or fishing is a year-round activity. Cameron County has offered Tax Abatement agreements as encentives for manufacturers who provide significant job opportunities for our residents. Tax Reinvestment Zones (TIRZs) provide funding opportunities for communities to improve their business climate. Overall, the County’s low tax environment reduces the Total Occupancy Cost of doing business.