PHARR, Texas – The Pharr Bridge Board is to host an Industrial Warehouse Summit to help identify and secure more land for international trade logistics.

The summit will take place sometime in April, Luis Bazan said, at recent Pharr Bridge Board meeting. Bazan is director of the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge.

Asked about the events after the meeting had ended, Bazan said: “This is something that’s been in the making for several months. I believe we started with this last summer of 2022. We read a story somewhere that highlighted the need for more industrial warehouse space or just warehouse distribution center space.”

Bazan said the summit will be the kickoff to a series of events to help the region grow.

“So, we’ve invited bankers, we’ve invited a lot of folks that are involved in that sort of business, to see what we can offer to the trade what we can offer as far as, not just information, but solutions for them,” Bazan said.

“And as I mentioned today, we keep highlighting the word solutions, solutions solutions. We’re working towards a better tomorrow, through sustainability efforts and things of that nature.”

Finding more space for warehousing is vitally important because more international trade is projected. 

“If there’s a deficit, we need to take action and put our money where our mouth is, and take action to get things done,” Bazan added.

In an exclusive video interview with the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service that was held straight after the board meeting, Bazan also spoke a “major milestone” being reached in the building of a second span for the Pharr bridge, the setting up of a local truckers association, working with UTRGV’s Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center to develop a new strategic plan, and capitalizing on a downturn in business at international sea ports such as Long Beach, California, by identifying new markets the Pharr bridge can go after.


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