Bi-National Community

In August 2013 Governor Susana Martinez and Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela announced the creation of a master-planned Bi-National Community involving Santa Teresa in New Mexico and San Jerónimo in Mexico.

The potential of the Santa Teresa-San Jeronimo area is endless, and with this visionary, master-planned community the state will be well-positioned to compete for large, global investments to locate in New Mexico.

The joint initiative between Governor Susana Martinez and Chihuahua state Governor César Duarte will commit New Mexico and Mexico to working to align their efforts in creating a 70,000 acre, first-of-its kind, bi-national, master-planned community around the Santa Teresa-San Jeronimo border crossing.

This region is strategically located in the central corridor of the NAFTA region and it is right in the middle of the U.S.-Mexico Border between the 2 major seaports of Houston and Long Beach making it an attractive location for manufacturers, transportation and logistics companies. It is also home to 2 major industrial anchors on both sides of the border – the Union Pacific Intermodal Rail Facility in Santa Teresa and the 640 acre Foxconn manufacturing campus in San Jeronimo, Chihuahua. It will be positioned to attract large, global industrial and commercial businesses, include residential and retail development and incorporate state-of-the-art energy, water and sustainability technologies.

The Bi-National Community is the model of cross-border development incorporating the largest inland port to facilitate economic development by consolidating a new industrial, commercial and residential community at the San Jeronimo- Santa Teresa border crossing.

In addition to more than 70,000 acres of land available for industrial, commercial and residential development, it includes more than 2,000 acres of rail-served industrial land.

Region’s Competitive Advantage:

  • Equidistance to the seaports of Long Beach and Houston, and integrated into the Northern Economic Corridor in Mexico connected to the Pacific seaports by both rail and highway
  • Foreign Trade Zone (U.S) adjacent to Recinto Fiscalizado Estrategico (Mexico) on border
  • Efficient border crossing that handles commercial oversize and overweight loads
  • Easternmost land crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border
  • Inland port with full intermodal capabilities planned on both sides of the border
  • Juarez railroad bypass project
  • Common industrial clusters
  • Central corridor of the NAFTA region

Bi-National Community Outline