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¡Bienvenidos A Mexico! This Mexican City Wants To Take On Silicon Valley

¡Bienvenidos A Mexico! This Mexican City Wants To Take On Silicon Valley

President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban from a handful of countries has some Silicon Valley companies concerned they won't be able to acquire necessary personnel in both the near and long term.

The ongoing concern among American companies both in the Valley and outside has prompted one Mexican city to capitalize on the situation. According to a Bloomberg report, government officials from the city of Guadalajara are pitching companies like Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT), and Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) to open offices in the Mexican city for foreign workers.

Aristoteles Sandoval, The governor of Guadalajara, toured Silicon Valley in February and talked with more than 40 executives. He told Bloomberg many executives are "very interested."

'Tolerant And Inclusive'

Sandoval tells executives that the Mexican city is "tolerant and inclusive" and believes that "talent has no borders." Mexican immigration laws don't pose any issues for foreign workers who wants to leave their country that otherwise might pose obstacles in the United States.

Meanwhile, the city of Guadalajara already hosts operations for American companies, including Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC), which has a design center in the region.

"The governor's openness is headed in the right direction," Bloomberg quoted Jesus Palomino, who runs Intel Corp.'s design center in Guadalajara as saying. "The message is excellent, but how to go about it will be a challenge."

Bismarck Lepe, the founder and CEO of Wizeline Inc., a business applications and software provider, is based in San Francisco while the company's main operations happen in Guadalajara. The Mexican office even offers amenities one might expect in the Valley, such as foosball tables, scooters and free meals.

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