1 U.S. Council of the Mexico-U.S. Business Committee, Analysis of Environmental Infrastructure Requirements and Financing Gaps on the U.S./Mexico Border, by Public Financial Management Inc., Grupo Serficor, Latham and Watkins, Mitchel Stanfield (Washington, D.C., August 1993), p. 23. (Consultant's report.)
2 U.S. Council of the Mexico-U.S. Business Committee, Analysis of Environmental Infrastructure Requirements, p. 36.
3 R. Andrew Nickson, Local Government in Latin America (Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc., 1995), pp. 204-205.
4 Keya Paha and McPherson counties in Nebraska are the other two. U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, Bureau of Economic Analysis, "Regional Economic Information System 1969-95," CD-ROM.
5 The Border Trade Alliance (BTA) Southwest Border Infrastructure Initiative (February 1992) was not a regional development plan but rather a compilation of infrastructure projects needed to facilitate traffic flow through border communities from California to South Texas. BTA identified projects costing more than $5.7 billion in federal funds.
6 Donald W. Baerresen, The Border Industrialization Program of Mexico (Lexington, Massachusetts: Lexington Books, D.C. Heath and Company, 1971) p. 3.
7 Baerresen, The Border Industrialization Program, pp. 1-9.
8 Twin Plant News, El Paso, Texas (May 1998), p. 45.
9 For this report, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts held six focus group meetings attended by more than 150 individuals, including business owners, public and higher education administrators and teachers, public health and housing officials, environmentalists, community activists, economic development practitioners, and state and local political leaders. Focus groups were held in the following cities: Laredo (November 5, 1997); El Paso (November 14, 1997); Edinburg (November 19, 1997); Brownsville (December 3, 1997); and San Antonio (December 16, 1997).
10 For additional information on these court cases, the housing, public education and higher education chapters of this report contain more detailed discussions on colonias initiatives, equalization of public school funding and the South Texas border initiative.
11 North American Development Bank, "Environmental Infrastructure Projects Certified by the BECC," March 31, 1998 (http://www.nadbank.org/english/beccprof.html). (Internet document.)
12 Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Laredo Focus group, November 5, 1997; Edinburg Focus Group, November 19, 1997.
13 Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Edinburg Focus Group, November 19, 1997.
14 Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Laredo Focus Group, November 5, 1997; El Paso Focus Group, November 14, 1997; Edinburg Focus Group, November 19, 1997; Brownsville Focus Group, December 3, 1997; San Antonio Focus Group, December 16, 1997.
15 Texas State Auditor's Office, Guide to Performance Measurement for State Agencies, Universities, and Health-Related Institutions (Austin, Texas, 1995), p. A-3.