Tijuana spearheads change in Mexico? This city’s success in changing its focus and reputation has made some noise beyond the city’s borders
By Brenda Colón Navar. Reprinted with permission of SanDiego Red
Tijuana is no longer seen as a violent city, a reputation for which it was known a few years ago; the growth of new industries and the birth of new restaurants (reflecting the region’s culinary revolution) have spoken well of the city. That is now reflected in its purchasing power and the new energy that is thriving here.
The opening of cultural centers and the promotion of the arts and festivals, which can be enjoyed by its residents and visitors alike, have been also big part of this big change in the city.
The short distance between the U.S. and Tijuana has also been an important factor in the technological development. Today, a phenomenon called ‘Start-Ups’ is being organized — events where young men and women present interesting projects to businesses from both sides of the border, hoping to attract the attention of an investor for financing.
Now, what could hold Mexico back? Economic and political experts agree that it will all depend on how the new government under the leadership of President Enrique Peña Nieto will respond to the needs of the entire country.
According to these experts, Mexico needs to be more competitive by eliminating the monopolies that currently exist in the country, and by making new energy and education reforms along with a new strategy for public safety.
All of these changes could lead to the growth in jobs for a new generation. It is a story…hopefully a success story…in progress.
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