Industrial park approved
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
The newly approved industrial zone to be built on the road to Querétaro will generate 2,700 jobs. In an ordinary session on July 4, the city council allowed the sale and regularization of 13 plots that will comprise the industrial zone where, according to Mayor Mauricio Trejo, companies that generate complementary products for the aeronautic and automotive industry—which are already operating in the industrial corridor—will be installed.
San Miguel de Allende has a population of 160,000 inhabitants and a productive force of 57,733 people. According to statistics from INEGI, the city needs the creation of 1,742 jobs per year to cover the employment needs of the new industrial park.
Most of the candidates running for mayor in 2012, including Trejo, backed the idea of an industrial park. For that reason, he said it is being well-received and supported by the state government and driven forward by his administration. The industrial zone, he said, will be situated on kilometer 15 of the road to Querétaro and it will not be visible from the road since it will be one kilometer back. Trejo remarked that industries authorized to operate there will be those that respect the environment and ecological regulations.
Trejo stated that in the weeks to come the local administration will announce the “anchor” company. Negotiations are still underway. The anchor company was originally going to be BMW, he said, but because the automotive company needed 500 hectares of land to operate, and the industrial park occupies a space of only 250 hectares, the arrangement will not be possible. “But if it was not BMW, it will be a different one,” he said. Trejo added that tourism is not generating the jobs needed in the city, so he authorized the park to give an opportunity for employment to all those sanmiguelenses who live in the upper section of the city in marginal communities.