November 2016 Monthly Article – The NAFTA Scenario

By Jerry Pacheco Let’s paint a scenario: A U.S. manufacturer based in El Paso, Texas, makes plastic injection parts that it sells to a company in Juarez, Mexico manufacturing components for the auto industry. The Mexican company’s parts are combined with other suppliers’ parts from Canada, Europe, and Asia, and are incorporated into a General Motors […]

October 2016 Monthly Article – U.S. Competitiveness

By Jerry Pacheco In 2011, the Harvard Business School founded the U.S. Competitiveness Project, which reports on the state of the U.S. economy, its competitiveness, and what steps could be undertaken to make improvements. The 2016 report, titled “Problems Unsolved and a Nation Divided” by Michael E. Porter, Jan W. Rivkin, Mihir A. Desai, and […]

September 2016 Monthly Article – The Rise of the Border

By Jerry Pacheco Federal government trade statistics for U.S. metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) have just been released, and the importance of the U.S. border region as a portal for exports is strikingly clear. El Paso MSA, with $24.5 billion in exports in 2015, has become the eleventh largest exporting MSA in the entire U.S., only […]

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