Nuevo León Governor Samuel García Sepulveda. Photo: Google


As national politicians from Mexico City Governor Claudia Sheinbaum to Foreign Relations (SRE) Secretary Marcelo Ebrard (both wannabe future presidents) to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) himself lined up Wednesday, March 1, to try to take credit for the decision by billionaire Elon Musk to invest a total of $10 billion in Mexico in a new Tesla electric car assembly plant, Nuevo León Governor Samuel García Sepúlveda — who actually enticed Musk to invest in his state in the first place and who managed, against all odds, to counter López Obrador’s attempts to strong-arm the SpaceX CEO into instead building his plant near his go-nowhere Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA) — took advantage of his triumph to proclaim his state the next Silicon Valley.

After meeting with Musk in Austin, Texas, Wednesday, Garcia Sepúlveda, a member of Mexico’s opposition Citizen’s Movement Party (MC), posted a video on social networks in which he stated that with this investment, Nuevo León consolidates the northern state as a “green, sustainable entity” and a “spearhead for Latin America.”

“Nuevo León and Tesla represent the future,” he said, adding that this year alone, Nuevo León will bring in more than $12 billion in new investments.

“Together, we represent sustainable industry, globalization, being connected and electromobility.”

García Sepúlveda went on to say that several other countries — including China, Germany, the United Kingdom, Brazil and Canada — were also looking to invest in Nuevo León.

“Today, Nuevo León is looking to the future,” he said, “and high-tech companies are looking at a future in Nuevo Leon. Our state could be the new Silicon Valley, the new Berlin, Germany, the new Austin, Texas, or even something bigger.”

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