Secretaría de Desarrollo Económico

Why Jalisco?


Exceptional Location:

Jalisco has the perfect geography for all kinds of entrepreneurial projects. With an area of 78,588 km2, Jalisco accounts for 4% of the total area of Mexico.  
Guadalajara, the capital city, and five other bordering municipalities make up the second largest metropolitan area in the country. The Metropolitan Area of Guadalajara is strategically close to two of the country’s most important commercial seaports: Manzanillo and Lázaro Cárdenas.
There are 1,074 km of state-of the-art highway infrastructure leading towards Nuevo Laredo. 
Los Angeles, California is only 2,104 km away; that is less than 3.5 hours on a direct flight from Guadalajara.
On average, there is one flight per hour to the United States from Guadalajara. 

Outstanding Infrastructure:

Jalisco is one of the best connected regions in the country with the most efficient network of roads and railroads in Mexico.
Guadalajara has modern interconnection services between cities with adequate routes for transporting goods.
The distance by railroad to Mexico’s other main cities is also very short, only 600 km to Mexico City and 1,400 km to Monterrey.
Jalisco has two important projects that will improve our already privileged location:
  • Expansion of the highway Leon-Lagos de Moreno from 2 to 4 lanes. 
  • Construction of the railway from Guadalajara to Aguascalientes.
Jalisco has a railroad network that offers safe and fast connections to main national and international destinations.
Jalisco connects you by sea to any destination. It is located between two of the most important ports of the country: Manzanillo and Lázaro Cárdenas.
Jalisco’s capital is 300 km from the Port of Manzanillo, which:
» Is three hours away by highway
» Has 26 sea transportation lines and 74 worldwide connection points
The exit to the Pacific through Lázaro Cárdenas Port is around 500 km away and approximately 1000 km from the Atlantic through the Port of Veracruz.
Jalisco has 2 international airports that offer direct or connecting flights to any destination:
The first airport is located in Guadalajara; it is the second largest airport in Mexico and fifth in Latin America because of its export and import infrastructure.
The second airport is in Puerto Vallarta, the most important beach tourist center in the state.
54 cargo flights per week depart to various destinations in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Jalisco has a new logistics platform at the Guadalajara airport; it is the most modern in Mexico and the second most important in Latin America.
There are 58 industrial areas including industrial zones, parks and condominiums, such as Guadalajara’s Software Center. 
Among these, Jalisco will have in 2014 “Colinas de Lagos”, a park that will promote industrial activity in the city of Lagos de Moreno as an important part of the Bajío Zone, which is the Mexican Automotive Corridor.
The roads link Jalisco to Mexico City and to other important industrial centers such as Monterrey, Saltillo, Torreón, Querétaro, León, Salamanca, San Luis Potosí, as well as to other destinations in the northwest, center and south of the country.

Stable Economy:

Investment in Jalisco is backed by a solid economy and legal security that will enable your plans to become reality.
In terms of its economic potential, our state is home to the second largest city in the country and is one of the 4 largest economies in Mexico, representing 6.62% of the country’s total GDP.
The economy’s strength was demonstrated in 2009, when a 6.3% of GDP was achieved in spite of the financial crisis that occurred in the United States.
Jalisco is an area that offers investment opportunities in all types of productive activities. 
In Jalisco 65% of investment growth takes place in the services industry, focusing on trade, hotels and restaurants.
The transformation industry grew almost 30%, with manufacturing and construction being two of the most important activities.
Jalisco is number one in farming and ranching in Mexico.
Jalisco is the leading producer in Mexico of berries, agave (tequila), lime, dairy products, eggs and pork meat.
For the past 10 years, the Foreign Direct Investment in Jalisco has grown in average a steadily 17%.  
In the last fourteen years the electronics sector has been the most benefited from FDI, representing 29% of the total amount in Jalisco.  This is followed by the food sector with 10%; tourism with 10%; trade with 7% and automotive parts with 6%.
In 2012, Jalisco exported more than 37 billion US Dollars in products, with the main goods being electrical apparatuses and their spare parts (e.g., servers and telecommunications equipment), transportation equipment and food products. 
On the other hand, imports in 2012 surpassed 46 billion US Dollars. The main imports are in the areas of electronic equipment and components, chemical products, and common metals and their manufacturing or chemicals.
After receiving 0.2 million US Dollars in investment from Japan in 2005, this figure reached 3.8 million US Dollars in 2006. In 2010 and 2011, Jalisco became the second main destination in absolute terms for Japanese investment, with amounts equaling 70.8 and 76.9 million US Dollars, respectively.

Qualified Human Capital:

JALISCO IS  a place with qualified human capital
  • Specialized labor.
  • Average age is 24 years.
  • Jalisco has more than 40 years of experience in high technology, electronics, telecommunications and automotive industries.
  • The personnel turnover rate is lower than US-bordering states. 
  • In other words, Jalisco is a state that has competitive labor costs, the availability of qualified labor and the lowest turnover rate in Mexico’s 3 largest cities and the border area with the United States.
JALISCO HAS  bi-cultural education opportunities for your family and business 
Guadalajara has a variety of international schools for your children’s education. 
We have schools that teach primarily in English, such as the American School Foundation of Guadalajara and the Canadian School. The Instituto Franco-Mexicano follows the French education system, and the same goes for the Colegio Aleman, and the Colegio Japonés, both of which follow their respective country’s education systems.  
Likewise, in Jalisco there are institutions that specialize in teaching other languages like Mandarin Chinese, Italian, Portuguese and more.
There are three Japan-Jalisco Research Centers at the Universidad de Guadalajara, Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Campus Guadalajara (ITESM) and Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara (UAG).

World-Class Innovation:

Jalisco is leader in innovation and design.
The Center for Innovation and Design of Mexico (MIND) will be located in Jalisco. There, the different productive sectors will meet and create ecosystems with the goal of adding value to industry. These are: 
1. Fashion: Jewelry, textile, garments and footwear.
2. Gourmet: Food, beverages, agro-industry, restaurants and tequila. 
3. Logistics: Brokers, exports and transports, etc.
4. Furniture: Furniture manufacturers and distributors, interior designers, etc.
5. Design: Formed by associations, agencies and design schools.
6. Habitat: Housing industry.
7. High Technology: IT, telecommunications and electronic industry.
8. Transversal: Support industries to main sectors (printing and packaging companies, etc.).
Guadalajara was selected by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from out of more than 12 cities in Mexico as the place to establish the Digital Creative City. This initiative seeks to create a center for digital industry in areas such as television, cinema, video, digital animation, interactive media, etc.
Continental has an automotive industry Innovation, Research and Development Center, considered one of the three best in the world.

Leading Educational Centers:

JALISCO IS   leader in educational centers
Some of the most prestigious public and private higher education institutions in the country are located in Jalisco.
Universidad de Guadalajara is the second largest public university in Mexico with 12 campuses and 320 schools distributed throughout Jalisco and Los Angeles, California.
Jalisco’s main private universities are:
o Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara (UAG)
o Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey - Guadalajara Campus (ITESM)
o Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO)
o Universidad Panamericana (UP).
o Universidad del Valle de Atemajac (UNIVA)
In 2012 the number of university graduates in these specific areas was 27,555:
o Engineering and Technical Level (7,264)
o Social Science (7,723)
o Administrative Areas (12,568)

Strong Government Support:

Jalisco offers support at the both the state and local level. The incentives available adapt to the needs and characteristics of each particular investment prospect.
  • Training 
  • Infrastructure
  • Competitive Prices at Industrial Parks.
  • Territorial Reserves.
  • Tax Exemption
  • Quality Certifications
  • Investment in Technology
  • Research and Development

Safe Business Environment

It is fast and safe to do business in Jalisco:
Our single-window facilities speed up the processes of starting a new business in a matter of days.
Investors’ rights are supported by solid laws and institutions. This is the case of intellectual property rights, tax, social and labor laws.
Jalisco has earned the trust of more than 2,600 international companies throughout different sectors.  Some examples are:
(logos de empresas)

Superior Medical Care

JALISCO IS  the best location for medical attention
Invest in Jalisco, where your health is protected by a modern infrastructure of medical and hospital services.
Jalisco has more than 30 private hospitals with a wide variety of medical specialties. Sixteen of them offer their services in English.
Jalisco also has public hospitals with modern equipment and specialized medical institutions such as the Hospital Civil, Mexico’s Social Security Institute, and hospitals for workers and state employees, Red Cross, Green Cross and a digital hospital in Lagos de Moreno.

Excellent Quality of Life

Jalisco has one of the best climates in the country.
The weather in Jalisco is mild, with pleasant temperatures, mild humidity and rain in the summer.
Jalisco’s beaches are among the most visited by tourists worldwide.
Puerto Vallarta is Mexico’s most visited beach, with approximately 3 million tourists arriving each year.
Jalisco also has many other beautiful beaches like Melaque, Barra de Navidad, Mismaloya, El Tamarindo, Tenacatita, Careyes and Chamela, just to name a few. In these places you will find a wide variety of marine life, traditional dishes from the area, a great selection of hotels and an active night-life.
In Jalisco you can enjoy important events in different cities throughout the state.
Expo Guadalajara hosts international events such as the International Book Fair, which is the second largest of its kind in the world. 
The Hospicio Cabañas is home to the works of the acclaimed muralist José Clemente Orozco.  This is one of Guadalajara’s most representative buildings and is considered a World Heritage Site since 1997 by UNESCO.  
In addition, the Teatro Degollado, built in the mid-19th century is another one of the state’s most important buildings and is the home to Jalisco’s Philharmonic Orchestra.
Guadalajara is the city where the Pan American games were held in 2011.
Seventeen new stadiums have been built in recent years, including the Scotiabank Aquatic Center, which was the site of the World Diving Competition in 2013.
JALISCO IS  convenience
Jalisco has more than 60,000 hotel rooms. Two thirds of them are located in the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area and in Puerto Vallarta.
In Jalisco you will find the most important jewelry centers in Mexico and will have the opportunity to discover their unique and high quality designs.
In Jalisco there are several shopping centers where you can take advantage of the unique shopping experiences available here.
Chapala Lake, the largest fresh water body in México, is less than a 1 hour drive from Guadalajara.
Tequila, the town where one of the most famous beverages of the world is produced, giving the beverage its celebrated name, is less than a 1 hour drive from, Guadalajara. Its beautiful blue agave landscape declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2006.
Tapalpa, Mazamitla, Tequila, San Sebastián del Oeste and Lagos de Moreno were designated “Pueblos Mágicos” by the Federal Government because of their symbolic characteristics, legends and stories, as well as their cultural wealth and history.
Autor: karina.zepeda - Secretaría de Desarrollo Económico
Fecha de actualización: 06/11/2014 - 19:58:32