Although McAllen is known by many as a city for play, it’s also one of the most-grounded and well-established locations for work.
Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in South Texas, and McAllen is home to many well-respected medical institutions. Due to this, employment in this sector has risen faster than anywhere else in the state.
The city is home to the following:
- McAllen Medical Center – Is the only certified primary stroke center in Hidalgo County, is an advanced level three trauma center and is the winner of the 2011 Bill Aston Award, among others.
- Rio Grande Regional Hospital – Is a member of the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) that employs over 500 physicians practicing over 35 specialties.
- McAllen Heart Hospital – Is a 60-bed institution that provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care.
Logistics & Transportation
McAllen’s strategic location in the Rio Grande Valley gives it a substantial advantage for foreign trade and international transportation. In fact, the city is recognized as a “Top Location for Logistics” by Expansion Solutions Magazine. Trade between Texas and Mexico is also ever-growing thanks to the McAllen-Hidalgo International Bridge and the Anzalduas International Bridge.
Even better, increased import growth from Mexico and Asia is also expected thanks to the new Mexican superhighway. The great thing about this hub of trade and transportation is that many entrepreneurial opportunities and career availabilities are sure to skyrocket.
Some extra info about the two bridges includes:
- McAllen-Hidalgo International Bridge – Is open to traffic 24 hours a day, has a SENTRI lane, is the only bridge with pedestrian lanes and is made up of the most lanes in the region.
- Anzalduas International Bridge – Has a SENTRI lane and has direct access from the Reynosa Industrial Zone to Expressway 83.
Manufacturing & Maquiladoras
McAllen has a total of 16 industrial parks located within the city’s MSA that provide exceptional and unmatched services for over 150 companies. These include 14 parks in Reynosa that encompass over 2,700 acres of land dedicated to industrial parks along the border. Keep in mind that nearly 90% of this area is used by the industrial and manufacturing sectors. McAllen is happy and excited to see what the future holds for this industry, and we hope that our city grows with it.
Produce importation in Texas has seen a significant boom over the last few years. In fact, according to data analyzed by the Texas A&M Center for North American Studies based on USDA figures, produce import numbers in the Lone Star State increased by more than 21% from 2014 to 2015. Now, with the McAllen-Hidalgo International Bridge and Anzalduas Bridge both in full operation, imagine how much higher those numbers have grown since then. The Rio Grande Valley is a hotspot for foreign trade, and McAllen is witnessing that expansion firsthand. Near the city, fields for produce growth are in high demand along with cold storage facilities, agricultural inspectors and border security officials.
A well-educated population always results in a skilled workforce. As an award-winning and renowned school district, the McAllen ISD has made it its mission to provide students the resources they need to grow and succeed in the modern world. Our school system is one that’s recognized and respected throughout the state due its strict focus on advancement. The McAllen ISD embraces technology adaption and innovation through its curriculum thanks in part to the help of its committed educators and leadership. Find out more about career opportunities with the McAllen ISD.
South Texas is a goldmine of business opportunities, entrepreneurship and careers for/with both small and large businesses. Forbes has ranked the region as being one of the best performing and fastest growing areas in the nation. Although the state provides many helpful incentives and convenient tax laws that support the business community, McAllen also does its part to promote commerce. Thanks to the McAllen Chamber of Commerce and McAllen Development Center, those wanting to set a foot forward into entrepreneurship can do so with the help they need.