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. The Texas Centers' program is a
consortium effort between
Texas A&M International University, The University of Texas Pan-American
, and The University of Texas-El Paso.
The central purpose of the Texas Centers is to provide leadership and support to Texas border
communities in their economic development efforts, including activities in the areas of business
development, education, health care, public administration, and the environment.
The consortium members design and carry out activities in three principal areas:
Development and maintenance of a U.S.-Mexico border socio-economic database.
Dissemination of database information to public and private sector users
in a useful format and on a timely basis;
Border economic and business development related research and planning; and
Education, training, and technical assistance to border industrial, commercial,
and governmental entities.