Baylor Pass, Organ Mountains, Doña Ana County, New Mexico

Overview of Tools and Resources

Regional, Sector, and Practical Focus

The Hunt Institute’s unique market analysis tools focus on key economic sectors that span and pass through the strategic convergence of three states and two countries in the Paso del Norte region:

  • The States of Texas, New Mexico, and Chihuahua, and
  • The United States and The Republic of Mexico.

In this bi-national and inter-state region, separate laws and regulations produce divergent markets, inhibiting the cooperation and benefits of exchanging at a larger and broader scale. The Hunt Institute’s tools and resources–harmonized regulatory and quantitative market analyses–provide a broad and comparative view of the region’s markets, to facilitate exchange and yield greater value across its cities, states, and countries. These tools primarily focus on the following sectors:

  • Energy,
  • Water,
  • Banking,
  • Labor,
  • Manufacturing, and
  • International Trade.

In particular, these market and sector analyses are produced with the following tools:

  • Centralized Regional Databases
  • Strategic Sector Analyses
  • Cross-Border GIS Sector Mapping
  • Economic Impact Modeling.

With this geographic and sector focus, and with these tools, increased regional and bi-national cooperation can better manage common, pressing challenges as well as leverage mutual opportunities.

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The Santa Teresa, New Mexico Region

The Santa Teresa, New Mexico, region lies on a strategic transcontinental trade route between the Pacific Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and the Gulf Ports of Houston and New Orleans. At the same time, it sits along the New Mexico-Chihuahua border, providing access into Central Mexico.

Over the last twenty-five years, as US-Asia and US-Mexico trade have grown, so has the Santa Teresa region. The current report provides, for the first time, a systematic analysis, with federal and state level data, of how this trade has impacted local communities, and the benefits and challenges it presents to the State of New Mexico and the Paso del Norte region.

The Santa Teresa, New Mexico Region: Full Report

The Santa Teresa, New Mexico Region: Data, Indicators, and Maps

U.S.-China Maritime Trade Flows through Pacific Ports and the Paso del Norte Hinterland Corridors

The U.S.-China trading relationship is perhaps the world’s most important, and the Paso del Norte region, whose strategic, transcontinental trade routes pass through El Paso, Texas, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, plays a critical role in supporting this trade.

The following report, in an effort to enrich supply chains and add value to the maritime ports through which this trade flows, details the commodity types and value of the exports to and imports from China along the rail and interstate hinterland corridors through the Paso del Norte region. Such data and analysis is intended to facilitate strategic planning and resource allocation, not only between the U.S. and China, but also the communities in the Paso del Norte region that support these vital trade flows.

This report has also been translated into Chinese in order to reach as broad an audience as possible in both countries.

ACCESS THE REPORT HERE: [English] [Chinese]

Paso del Norte Local Government Comparative Indicators

With ever greater frequency, local communities and governments are coming into contact with all aspects of global trade, and every pressure and opportunity that it presents. The communities and local governments of the Paso del Norte region, seated at the juncture of strategic trade routes linking the Atlantic, Pacific, and Central Mexico, exemplify this dynamic, as they all converge in the same geographic point. They face the challenge and opportunities brought on by global trade directly and mutually.

A recent report by the Hunt Institute, the Paso del Norte Local Government Indicator Report, provides a common frame of reference for the region’s jurisdictions to learn more about each other’s demographic, economic, natural resource, public finance, and trade related profiles  in order to coordinate robust responses to common challenges and opportunities.


Comprehensive Aerospace and Mining Asset Maps

The geographic nature of the Paso del Norte region, oriented toward Houston and Los Angeles, Denver and Mexico City, naturally predisposes its cities and communities to add value to the supply chains and the competitiveness of these major markets.

The Hunt Institute’s Comprehensive GIS Sector Aerospace and Mining Asset Maps, part of a series of GIS Maps covering the renewable energy and the oil and gas sectors, have been recently been updated with revised data and improved functionality. Users can search for manufacturing facilities, research and development centers, and universities using keywords and find the travel time and most efficient routes between points, allowing them to discover the wealth of potential in the region and explore new supply chain possibilities.


Paso del Norte Energy Sector Review

Energy is not only a vital input for every community, but especially so for the Paso del Norte region, where the state and national markets of Texas, New Mexico, Chihuahua, and the United States and Mexico all converge. Here, in this region, recent decades of increasing foreign direct investment and manufacturing have also increased the demand for energy in Mexico, satisfied in large part by Texas. The Paso del Norte offers important energy corridors for renewable and hydrocarbon resources, from the Permian Basin westward toward California and Baja California, and Southward toward Chihuahua and Durango.

In order to understand the convergence of energy markets in the Paso del Norte region, The Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness has published an Energy Sector Review that measures the presence of renewable and hydrocarbon resources in the region and provides a regulatory and quantitative market analysis of these resources. The Paso del Norte region, which channels energy to major markets, therefore offers innovative and valuable opportunities in regional and binational energy market integration.