The Texas Legislature established the Texas Centers for Border Economic and Enterprise Development by an act passed by the 71st Legislature (1989). House Bill (HB) 2974 was approved on June 14, 1989 and became effective September 1, 1989, as a consortium between TAMIU, the University of Texas Pan-American and the University of Texas-El Paso.
Since 1989 the Texas Center for Border Economic and Enterprise Development of Texas A&M International University, provides leadership and support to Texas border communities in their socio-economic development efforts, including activities in the areas of business, education, health care, public administration, and the environment.
The Texas Center for Border Economic and Enterprise Development at TAMIU:
Provide support to private and public entities with research, knowledge, information, assistance and expertise in border and binational socio-economic development efforts
The TCBEED will contribute to the socio-economic development of the greater Laredo area with research and data analysis that allows a better understanding of the U.S.-Mexico border
Work closely with university colleges and departments to involve faculty and students in specific community-based activities designed to foster economic development and improved standards of living in the border region.
Support interdisciplinary border development related research and planning activities focused on meeting specific community needs and concerns. Publish and disseminate research results through special reports.
Maintain a U.S.-Mexico border database (statistical, text, and bibliographic) on development issues and trends, including social/demographic, business and economic, public finance, health, education, and the environment. Provide on-line access to the database via the Texas Center home page
Serve as a U.S. Census Bureau and Texas Department of Economic Development's Business and Industry Data Center affiliate office.
Support border economic development through the provision of education, training, and technical assistance to industrial, commercial, and governmental entities
Foster self-sufficiency among the border region's limited resource population through promotion and support of self-employment and microenterprise activities