Key Industries

Key Industries

There is so much happening in Harlingen and the Rio Grande Valley that almost any business will find success waiting for them. But here are some specific industries that should pay close attention to our South Texas region and the growing business opportunities being created:


The new SpaceX Commercial Orbital Launch Site is just 30 miles from Harlingen, making Harlingen an ideal location for future growth of the aerospace industry. With SpaceX planning to launch a dozen Falcon rockets annually, the enthusiasm for opportunities in space and technology business is soaring high in South Texas.

Harlingen is already leading the way for companies interested in capitalizing on new aerospace opportunities, with the United Launch Alliance occupying a 300,000 square foot manufacturing facility at the Harlingen Aerotropolis. And we’ve got lots of room for more companies at The Harlingen Aerotropolis, a 480-acre air park recognized as a Certified Site and ready for development by McCallum Sweeney Consultants.

Harlingen is an absolutely perfect location for companies focused on aerospace manufacturing technologies. Let’s talk about how we can help you find a new home in Harlingen.


All roads lead to Harlingen. That’s what people say once they realize Harlingen’s strategic location at the literal crossroads of Mexico and North America. Harlingen’s North American Free Trade Bridge connects the maquila manufacturing centers of Matamoros and Reynosa Mexico with South Texas. The Harlingen industrial park is where shippers converge to have their goods organized and efficiently distributed to the world.

From Harlingen, shippers easily connect with every major market by air, sea, rail and land.


Harlingen plays a key role in the supply chain logistics for industrial and automotive supply. Dozens of Tier I, II and III manufacturers and suppliers are using Harlingen’s warehousing and distribution facilities to speed delivery and save money. The quick turnaround and delivery of goods from air, sea, rail and Interstate make Harlingen a brilliant choice.

Come to Harlingen and see for yourself why automotive market suppliers are choosing South Texas to expand or relocate their business.


Harlingen is a regional leader in Healthcare, and home to Valley Baptist Medical Center (VBMC). Valley Baptist Medical Center is the primary referral hospital for comprehensive and sub-specialty care in South Texas. The hospital and Level III Trauma Center provides state-of-the-art medical, surgical, obstetric and pediatric care.

Harlingen Medical Center

Harlingen Medical Center is a general acute care, Level IV Trauma hospital opened in October 2002. Harlingen Medical Center has been committed to creating the best possible experience for patients by nurturing a culture that is focused on patient care and by supporting the health and wellness of the communities we serve.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine

The UTRGV School of Medicine hosts both medical students and medical residents that are serving in regional hospital-based training programs.

First and second year medical students attend classes in Edinburg.  These students then come to Harlingen and continue studies at the UTRGV School of Medicine Clinical Education Building, and begin participating in clinical rotations in local clinics and hospitals.

Harlingen UTRGV School of Medicine facilities also include the GME, or Graduate Medical Education Office, featuring an outstanding library, an amazingly realistic Smart Hospital, a 15,000 square foot, 20 bed simulation hospital.

Clearly the UTRGV School of Medicine is going to have an incredibly positive impact on Harlingen and the entire Rio Grande Valley region.  There are already many new projects being planned that will continue impacting growth for years to come.

South Texas VA Health Care Center At Harlingen (STVHCS)

Harlingen’s South Texas VA Health Center is responsible for an enrollee population of over 40,000 veterans and 300,000 outpatient visits annually. Through the utilization of two complex inpatient/emergency department contracts, approximately 1,600 inpatient admissions and 1,200 ER visits are managed by local hospitals for the VA Health Center at Harlingen.  Affiliated with the Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC), the system has an active ambulatory care program and serves as a teaching and training site for medical residents.

Su Clinica Familiar

Su Clinica Familia is the primary ambulatory medicine site, a JCAHO-accredited community health center providing longitudinal care for primarily indigent residents of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Su Clinica Familiar has on-site radiology, laboratory and pharmacy services.

South Texas Emergency Care Foundation/Valley AirCare

South Texas Emergency Care Foundation/Valley AirCare has transported thousands of patients using both helicopter and jet aircraft. The Foundation is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems and is the only CAMTS accredited EMS system south of San Antonio.