An Export Dynamo In The Heart Of Mexico...

Plotters of Mexico's export boom are hard at work in a former colonial palace that serves as headquarters for the state of Aguascalientes. There, Governor Otto Granados Roldn brushes up on Japanese phrases before his periodic trips to the Far East to woo auto-parts makers. The state's economic and trade development chief, Carlos Lozano de la Torre, charges around the capital with potential investors, pointing out the town's virtues: year-round spring weather, the hot mineral springs that gave the capital and state their names, and a workforce that hasn't staged a strike in 30 years. "With cities around the world competing like crazy for investment, we try to take good care of what we can get," he says.

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