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Port of Brownsville Business Park Takes Shape

[ February 21, 2024   //   ]

Eight months after the Brownsville Navigation District Board of Commissioners, or BND, broke ground on the Port of Brownsville’s business park, prospective businesses are lining up to negotiate lease agreements with the port.
At a regular board meeting Feb. 7, the board unanimously approved leasing rates for the business park, aiming to attract sustainable, high-quality companies to the port.
The port’s Engineering and Facilities Maintenance departments have completed several construction milestones in-house for the 118-acre business park, including leveling the site and installing water/sewage pipes and fire hydrants.
The business park is the BND’s latest infrastructure investment aimed at drawing industrial and manufacturing companies supporting the port’s mission to enhance workforce opportunities for the Rio Grande Valley.
Combined with the Port of Brownsville’s 40,000 acres, the BND hopes to attract multibillion-dollar projects and supporting diverse industries expanding their operations, such as wind energy, steel and the space sector.
The business park offers 17 lots with all utilities, a foreign trade zone, and direct access to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA corridor. The Port of Brownsville’s position along the U.S.-Mexico border makes it the optimum location for companies seeking to establish in Texas and northern Mexico and capitalize on the nearshoring trend, the port said.
Three of the business park’s parcels are in negotiation, according to a port map.
The BND said the business park is the only facility in the region near the Brownsville Ship Channel with direct truck and rail connectivity to provide an efficient and cost effective logistical network.
Since 2015, Texas has attracted more than 288 corporate headquarters, according to the office of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. During a visit to the Rio Grande Valley in August, Abbott touted the Port of Brownsville as the “centerpiece of future economic expansion for this entire region.
“What’s going on at the port cannot be overstated. We are working and have been working with billion-dollar businesses that are expanding operations in the Port of Brownsville,” Abbott said. “This port is incredibly important as an international transfer point. It already provides well over 50,000 jobs and US$3 billion in economic activity.”
As industries evolve and global trade patterns shift, the port said it stands ready to adapt.

The business park offers 17 lots with all utilities, a foreign trade zone, and direct access to the USMCA corridor. PHOTO: Port of Brownsville