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It is a seeming paradox that in today's world economy, despite an overwhelming trend toward globalization, the "power of place" matters more than ever. In fact, studies show that regional and local policies matter more than national policies in fostering economic growth.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently published two reports on this phenomenon, with direct consequences for regions such as Paso del Norte.

Jorge Ramos: Regions are key to economic progress - El Paso Times