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Rio South Texas Region WIRED Logo - Talent Driving Prosperity

Seven counties: Hidalgo, Cameron, Starr, Willacy, Webb, Zapata, Jim Hogg

Target Industries: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and Advanced Manufacturing

Implementation Plan

Region Information

The Rio South Texas region, composed of seven counties in South Texas, has traditionally experienced unemployment rates significantly higher than state and national averages. Through a collaborative effort including state and local governments, educational institutions and business leaders, the region is working to spur job creation. In particular, the region has identified advanced manufacturing as a means toward future economic prosperity in the region.

As a 2nd Generation WIRED region, the Rio South Texas region seeks to distinguish itself as a major innovation and distribution hub of the Southwestern United States. The region is implementing three strategies to achieve this goal:

  1. The region will position itself as the "3rd Coast" and a major distribution hub for North America through tactically situated structures including the North American Research and Education World Premier Park, and the Center for Rapid Response Manufacturing.
  2. The region will collaborate with local K-12 school systems and state universities to develop curriculum encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship.
  3. The region will develop a globally competitive manufacturing workforce through a system that uses innovative curriculum to enhance the education system encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship.