MCALLEN, RGV – As we go to press, McAllen Mayor Jim Darling, members of McAllen Economic Development Corporation, and a representative from the state of Tamaulipas are in China.

Keith Patridge

They are there at the invitation of a major Chinese company. They were invited to speak to hundreds of Chinese companies in Shenzhen and Shanghai that are interested in investing on the U.S.-Mexico border. 

The delegation returns to the United States on July 22, 2019.

In an exclusive interview with the Rio Grande Guardian, McAllen EDC President & CEO Keith Patridge said the interest from Chinese companies in investing in North America has been spurred in part by the new USMCA trade agreement. 

In the interview, Patridge also spoke about two new companies the MEDC has landed. These companies will be bringing almost 1,000 jobs to McAllen.

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news story shows Shenzhen at night.