Just 200 kilometers north of Mexico City, Queretaro is rapidly diversifying into the type of knowledge-driven economy that IT services vendors and telecommunications firms often look for. Three announcements in recent weeks aptly highlight the region’s push for domestic and foreign investment in the tech services sector:
- France-based outsourcer Atos is in the process of confirming a new facility set to house 300 programmers and support specialists (Nearshore Americas is the first publication to report this publicly)
- Telmex cut the ribbon on a 160 million dollar expansion of their Queretaro data center
- InteQsoft the region’s tech industry cluster association also confirmed that construction is well underway for Q-Smart City, a 500-hectare planned development set to foster the city’s technology and creative services sectors.
Why? An elaborate stone-era aqueduct dominates the Queretaro skyline as an emblematic symbol of the city’s rich history and convergence with modern-day global industry. Companies like Bombardier, Samsung Electronics, Daewoo, General Electric, Siemens, and Procter & Gamble have settled here, bringing with them jobs and funding toward the city’s modern transportation, energy, and telecommunications infrastructure. The residents of Queretaro also pride themselves on a rich quality of life afforded to them by museums, parks, and Spanish colonial architecture. Moreover, the absence of the intense drug violence impacting other parts of the country bodes well for both young professionals and foreign direct investors.