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Upper Rio Grand Region

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General Population

865,000 – 3 percent of the state’s total population. This represented an increase of about 5 percent (almost 40,000 people) since the 2010 Census.

Key Features / Landmarks

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

The University of Texas McDonald Observatory

 Fort Davis National Historic Site

Marfa Lights Viewing Area

Ysleta Mission

Rio Grande River

Big Bend National Park

Key Industries

Top 10 Industries by Location Quotient

Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing

Apparel Manufacturing

Justice, Public Order and Safety Activities

Truck Transportation

Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing

Museums, Historical Sites and Similar Institutions

Administration of Housing Programs, Urban Planning and Community Development

Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction

Primary Metal Manufacturing

Rental and Leasing Services

Key Benefits


Sul Ross State University
The University of Texas at El Paso

Junior & Community Colleges

El Paso Community College District

Health Science Schools

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center – El Paso



El Paso International Airport (ELP)

nighttime shot of highway with car lights streaked across image in El Paso Texas

down town el paso city park

Area Overview

The Upper Rio Grande region includes one metropolitan statistical area (MSA), the El Paso MSA. El Paso is the largest metro area on the Texas-Mexico border.

Nestled between the scenic Franklin Mountains and the historic Rio Grande, El Paso combines the advantages of a major metropolitan center with the charm of a modern western town. El Paso is a major transportation hub with state-of-the-art educational and medical facilities. Historically focused on textiles, the region has diversified into automotive, biomedical, defense, electronics, finance/business services, and medical device sectors. With a diversified economy that continues to branch into new industries, El Paso’s regional economy is positioned for growth. In addition, the Fort Bliss military base has been a defining pillar of the city, employing more than 40,000 people and producing $6 billion in economic activity. El Paso is a leading point of shipping and distribution with direct transportation access to the West Coast, Midwest, and Southeast U.S. markets. Major business clusters in El Paso include business and financial services, food products, manufacturing, military, retail and logistics and transportation. Major employers include ADP, Charles Schwab, ECM International, GECU, Helen of Troy, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Prudential Financial and Toro.

How We Help

We know Texas!

For more than 30 years our team members have helped companies expand or relocate to Texas. Either through regional groups or individual cities in Texas, our team members have spent their careers helping businesses move to and grow in Texas. Now we have come together on behalf of our partners to help you connect with a Texas community best suited to help you grow your business. We’ll take the time to get to know you and your project and then we’ll help you find the communities that could be a good fit for you and your business.

Texas Is Calling

Let our team get to know you and help guide you on your move or expansion into Texas. Register your project today with our team and let your trail drive to Texas begin.

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