Certified Shovel-Ready Land for

Industrial Real Estate Development

From Harlingen, Texas, we’re exploring the most exciting region for business and industry in America today…
the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.

Harlingen offers many BIG opportunities to businesses looking to expand or relocate to South Texas... but it all starts with location. Harlingen has three prime locations for industrial real estate development that all offer terrific advantages. Find out more about these three parks and discover the benefits that come from doing business in Harlingen, Texas.

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Hundreds of Acres Available

That Offer Convenient Access to

2 Interstate Highways

3 International Bridges

1 International Airport

2 Seaports

Rail System

Harlingen Industrial Park

Harlingen Industrial Park offers many appealing advantages to manufacturing and logistics companies looking to expand or relocate. The park offers the perfect location with all the necessary infrastructure in place, great financial incentives, and low utility rates. Land is shovel-ready and available in tract sizes up to 500+ acres.

Harlingen Aerotropolis

Just a quarter of a mile north of the Harlingen Industrial Park is the Harlingen Aerotropolis. The Harlingen Aerotropolis offers almost 500 acres of certified shovel-ready land with easy access to markets throughout the US and Mexico via multi-modal options. Major corporations like Southwest, United, Delta, United Launch Alliance, FedEx, DHL and others have established profitable and logistical locations within the Aerotropolis.

The Park at Roosevelt

The Park at Roosevelt is Harlingen’s newest industrial park. The 65-acre development is customizable to meet the needs of the tenant.

Located off I-69 E, the site offers access to Valley International Airport, the ports of Harlingen and Brownsville and international bridges.

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Prime industrial property is available in the Harlingen Industrial Park. Hundreds of acres of shovel-ready land that is perfect for your development in Harlingen, the hub of the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas.

Harlingen Industrial Park offers the perfect location with access to infrastructure and low utility rates.

Harlingen Industrial Park offers many appealing advantages to manufacturing and logistics companies looking to expand or relocate.

The Park at Roosevelt features 65 acres of ready-to-develop industrial property at the crossroads of the Rio Grande Valley. This site is an excellent location with easy access to I-69 and I-2.


The Park at Roosevelt is Harlingen’s newest industrial park. The 65-acre development is customizable to meet the needs of the tenant.

Located off I-69 E, the site offers access to Valley International Airport, the ports of Harlingen and Brownsville and international bridges.

The Harlingen Aerotropolis offers almost 500 acres of shovel-ready land.

The Harlingen Aerotropolis provides easy access to markets throughout the US and Mexico via multi-modal options.


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Announcer: From Harlingen, Texas, we're exploring the most exciting region for business and industry in America today. This is the big opportunity.

Raudel Garza: Last time we were talking, we had a little conversation about the Free Trade Bridge at Los Indios and some of the opportunities that present themselves with that bridge. We talked about how, as an extension of that bridge, some of our other industries are impacted, and one of those being logistics. Of course, the logistics kind of ties into having warehouses, and industrial properties, and industrial land around town, so today we're going to talk a little bit about the Harlingen Industrial Park, some of the other industrial properties around town. Again, I'd like to welcome Kayla Thomas along, because Kayla's still learning about Harlingen.

Kayla Thomas: Thanks Raudel! I’m happy to be a part of the Harlingen team and have really enjoyed learning about the Rio Grande Valley over the past few months. From what I’ve observed, the Valley really has a lot to offer for industry. Share with me some of the many benefits Harlingen can offer these businesses looking to relocate or expand in South Texas.
Raudel Garza: Well, Harlingen has a lot to offer. One of the biggest incentives or benefits of being in Harlingen and in Cameron County is that inventory, at least at the school, city, and county levels, is not taxed if it meets certain requirements. That's what we call a Freeport Tax Exemption, so inventory that is in and out of the state of Texas and in and out of the Harlingen facility within 175 days will not be taxed as personal property, and thus it's an exemption on ad valorem taxes. It's an exemption on personal property taxes that can really go, in larger distribution centers, into the hundreds of thousands of dollars of savings as compared to those locations that do not have and do not offer a Freeport Tax Exemption.

Kayla Thomas: That sounds like a great incentive for businesses to take advantage of, specifically large-scale distribution center.

Raudel Garza: That's one. Obviously, we're located on the border by the sea, so we're close to the Port of Harlingen, the Port of Brownsville, and so there's access to markets globally. We have access to 13 bridges within less than an hour. Throughout South Texas, obviously, the Free Trade Bridge at Los Indios is the one directly south of Harlingen, but there's several bridges in the Brownsville area and then up and down the Rio Grande Valley as well, so access into Mexico is very, very easy. In addition to the lower taxes on Freeport goods, access to markets, we have a wonderful workforce. We have a workforce that is still young, very trainable, and highly energetic, and that workforce will help companies that are looking to expand, meet their needs, and meet their customers' needs, and so that's another exciting thing about being in Harlingen.

Aside from that, you have a pro-business environment. When you think about all the things that go into building a large industrial facility, you got to have the right people not just internally who are handling the construction of the project, but also externally, dealing with and being a liaison, if you will, to the city, the planning guys, the building guys, the Fire Marshal, and everybody else that's involved in that kind of construction process.

Kayla Thomas: Obviously there are a lot of benefits to locating your industrial business in Harlingen. The big question is, does Harlingen have land readily available for large developments?

Raudel Garza: The answer is absolutely! We have property available in the Harlingen Industrial Park that is what we call shovel-ready. Basically, all we needed to do was subdivide the property to the tract size that they needed, and the infrastructure is already to the site. Major roadways are in place. Water, sewer, drainage, telecommunication lines, everything that you’ll need, natural gas lines, everything that they need is there on site at the Harlingen Industrial Park.

Adjacent to the Harlingen Industrial Park is the Harlingen Aerotropolise that not only has those, but has actually been certified by McCallum Sweeney, which is a very prestigious economic development consultancy that has already said, "These sites are shovel-ready. These sites are ready for development."

Development can happen quickly if a lot of things are already prepared, and in Harlingen Industrial Park, you’ll find sites that are shovel-ready and ready to go at the Harlingen Aerotropolis, which is just about a quarter mile north of the Harlingen Industrial Park.

We do that in anticipation of the big projects coming along, even the small projects coming along, because we want to take all that worry away from the customer. We want to take all that worry away from the person that's looking at developing the property and then ultimately using the property. Any company that's doing business in Mexico should look at Harlingen as a stopping point to finish their goods off, to store their goods, to add value to their goods, because of the things that I've said before. We have great workforce. We have a great location. We have a great pro-business environment. I didn't even talk about utility rates. We don't have issues related to water supply that other communities sometimes have from time to time. We have plenty of water rights and can meet the needs of most manufacturing and logistics companies for just about any kind of project they can think of. We have natural gas lines that are being installed as we speak.

We've got access to the intercoastal canal, to the Port of Harlingen, shallow water port, and of course we've got an interstate system with I-2 and I-69 running through the city and having access to Houston and Dallas, San Antonio, and all the other markets. The companies that should be interested in doing business here in Harlingen should be those logistics companies, those companies that are looking to reach the consumer in the last mile, if you will, because Harlingen is centrally located in South Texas. You can reach 1.3 million people on the U.S. side within 45 minutes, and then you cross over into Mexico and reach another million to two million people within about an hour and a half.

Kayla Thomas: What industrial property do we have available for companies that are looking to expand here in the Rio Grande Valley?

Raudel Garza: The Harlingen Industrial Park still has some land available, tract sizes from about eight acres to 25 acres could be made available. In addition to that, the Harlingen Aerotropolis has industrial property that ranges in size from 10 acres to almost 500 acres that we can actually assemble together. The Park at Roosevelt, which is a new 65-acre development that we're working on, can offer tract sizes from about 15 acres to up to the 65 acres total, so there's a lot of different options. We make it flexible enough to where those who are looking at a smaller facility, or even those who are looking at the larger facility, like a million square feet, we've got the room.

Kayla Thomas: I'm sure there's companies that are interested in expanding or relocating to Harlingen that have a lot of questions. What is the process that a company might go through to get started doing business here in Harlingen?

Raudel Garza: Kayla, the best thing I could say is that the first thing they need to do is call us. Call the Harlingen Economic Development Corporation, and we can be their point of contact to go through the process of the site selection, site evaluation, determining whether or not that particular site in Harlingen is the right site, or there might be a better site in Harlingen, and then walking them through the process of building permits, and construction, and inspections, and that type of thing. We've had enough experience in this office to handle the big projects and the small projects alike.

Kayla Thomas: Raudel, can you tell me a little bit more about what someone can expect when they're looking at the industrial market in Harlingen?

Raudel Garza: Well, Kayla, the Harlingen industrial market is actually part of the Harlingen-Brownsville MSA, and so you're looking at Harlingen being the submarket within that system, if you will. Harlingen's still fairly young and in its infancy in terms of market. There's probably only about three million square feet that's in play right now at the industrial market. Most of the market is owner-occupied, but there are some development opportunities out there, and what developers will find is that land is very competitive, and it is readily available. It is entitled in that most of the property that is available has utilities and other infrastructure nearby, if not on site, and also the building rents that they can expect are fairly competitive for South Texas. They continue to rise over the last few years, which is a great sign for developers, but it's still very competitive and very economical compared to the nationwide rental average. Looking at Harlingen, you find that it's easy to do business here. It's more economical, and there's a definite advantage for a developer to put up a building, get it leased out, and have a solid return on that investment.

Kayla Thomas: Raudel, thank you so much for your time, and thank you for sharing all of this great information about the Rio Grande Valley and Harlingen, Texas.