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Doing Business in the West Texas Area

The West Texas Economic Development District (WTEDD), operated by the Rio Grande Council of Governments (RGCOG), is the designated regional Economic Development District working under the authority of the Economic Development Administration (EDA). Its function is to assist distressed communities in achieving long-term competitive economic development through the investment of human and natural resources, with the ultimate goal of job creation. The West Texas Economic Development District seeks to achieve this goal by utilizing a wealth of resources from within the Rio Grande Council of Governments and from private and public partners from throughout the surrounding area.

A Business-Friendly Community

Manufacturing is a traditional pillar of the regional economy. Jobs in the production of goods such as vacuum cleaners and men’s footwear continue to outpace national counterparts. Service industries that support manufacturing, such as wholesaling and transportation, have evolved to become important industries as well.                       

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The Scenic Beauty of the Chihuahuan Desert

Desert landscapes characterize the WTEDD region. Located on the northern end of the Chihuahuan desert, the region’s open spaces fill vast areas between the Davis, Franklin, Guadalupe, and Chisos mountains. Despite its dry climate and sparse population, the region has developed a unique industrial mix that relies on international trade and its strategic location between the U.S. coasts.

A History of Pride and Patriotism 

The military has played a large role in the area’s economy since the early years of Texas statehood. Military outposts built in the El Paso area during the Mexican-American War spurred the city’s development and led to the establishment of Fort Bliss in 1848. Today, Fort Bliss covers 1.1 million acres and hosts an active force of more than 14,000 with a supporting community population exceeding 120,000. 

An Ever-Growing Economy! 

Another traditional pillar of the region’s economy is the agriculture industry. Sixty-one percent of the land and 71 percent of the water in the region are used for either farming or ranching.