Center for Border Economic Studies

CBEST Center for Border Economic Studies

Current Issue

Fall 2014 | Vol. 10 No. 4

We invite you to read our fall Border Business Briefs issue. In this issue we feature the August 2014 SpaceX decision to make Brownsville the next frontier in space travel. SpaceX has already broken ground in Boca Chica Beach, the site of its future launch pad. Jorge Montero explains the process, timeline, and its expected impact on our region.

In addition, the issue features an article on happiness in Texas by Jim Lee, cross-border medical tourism by Monica Hernandez, ADRs and investment diversification by Jorge Vidal, and a look at entrepreneurial activity in South Texas by Armando Valero and myself. This month we showcase Valley talent Carolina Huerta.


On this issue

Happiness in Texas ... P. 8

By Jim Lee

Creating Change One Nurse Professional at a Time ... P. 12

By Jannesa Campbell

SPACEX Launching Dreams in the RGV ... P. 14

By Jorge I. Montero

Seeking Health Care Across the Border ... P. 18

By Monica Hernandez

Diversifying Your Portfolio ... P. 20

By Jorge Vidal

The Ups and Downs of Entrepreneurial Activity in South Texas ... P. 24

By Armando Valero and Salvador Contreras

Border Business Briefs

Border Business Briefs is a quarterly publication of the Center for Border Economic Studies (CBEST) at the University of Texas-Pan American. We publish articles focused on the Rio Grande Valley, South Texas, and North Tamaulipas. Our narrative is expressed through graphs, tables, and figures. Our publication covers topics in Border Security, Business functions, Economic development, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Human capital, Immigration, Manufacturing, Resource management, Social capital, and Trade. The articles we publish are research/analysis/policy focused on the needs of South Texas/Mexico border region. However, we will also publish articles that are of implied importance to the region. The Border Business Briefs produces four theme specific issues a year.