What is the Border Industrial Association?

“The Border Industrial Association is the premier advocacy industrial organization in New Mexico that focuses on improving the business environment for companies engaged in value-added operations.”

–Border Industrial Mission Statement


The BIA is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization consisting of over 50 members

(all involved in industry), that represent more than 2,000 jobs, hundreds of millions in investment in southern New Mexico, and millions of dollars of annual taxes. The Santa Teresa/Sunland Park region, which surrounds the Santa Teresa Port of Entry (STOPE), represents one of New Mexico’s largest industrial bases.

What Issues Do We Face On The Border?

During the past couple of years, our membership has been confronted by:

  • Rising Electricity Rates and electricity reliability issues
  • Water/wastewater infrastructure needs
  • International port expansion and extension of port hours
  • Development of the region’s workforce
  • New Mexico tax policy that makes our region non-competitive
  • Cap and trade/air quality regulations

The convergence of these issues is making southern New Mexico a less competitive region for the attraction of new industries that create the jobs we need to secure our economic future. These issues also have influenced companies in our existing industrial base to start looking at other places such as El Paso as a viable place to relocate.

BIA Initiatives

  • Overweight commercial zone at the border
  • Creation of a permanent Border Infrastructure Fund
  • Personal Income Tax Policy revision to keep jobs competitive in our Border RegionCapital Outlay for Water/Wastewater infrastructure
  • Reorganization of state border agencies

Opportunities On The Border

  • Recruitment of industrial suppliers related to Mexico’s maquiladora industry
  • Recruitment of Mexican industry to southern New Mexico
  • Establishment of an alternative energy industrial base in southern New Mexico
  • Establishment of retail/commercial base surrounding the Santa Teresa Port of Entry
  • Development of complementary projects to the San Jeronimo development across the Santa Teresa Port of EntryDevelopment of housing projects in southern Doña Ana County.