Mexico City is moving forward with clean development. Vicente Gutierrez, the Mexico City office chief at Mexico’s Ministry of Economy told me “The government is pushing for clean industrial development – call centers, IT, pharmaceutical research, businesses that don’t demand water or create pollution.”

In a recent article for Nearshore Americas I explained:

Mexico City, North America’s largest metropolis, is also the center of Mexico’s economy. Slightly larger in size than Los Angeles, Mexico’s Federal District is home to more than twice as many people. To put this in perspective, Mexico City’s workforce, the official tally of economically active individuals over age 14, includes nearly 4.5 million people and is larger than L.A.’s entire population. Mexico City’s economy, worth nearly $200 billion per year, is more than four times larger than Costa Rica’s and roughly on par with Peru’s in terms of size. Mexico’s capital city currently ranks as the eighth largest urban economy in the world.

Gutierrez told me “if it were a country Mexico City would be the fifth largest economy in Latin America.”

In my article for Nearshore Americas I explained that Mexico City, “under the leadership of Mayor Miguel Mancera, has also invested directly in the city’s digital sector, drawing in IT and software professionals to for a Laboratorio Para La Ciudad (Lab for the City) to help connect citizens to the government.”

Gabriella Gomez-Mont, The LabPLC’s director, told me “We would like to explore the possibilities and challenges of tech in the idiosyncratic space that is Mexico City: an emerging megalopolis, half of whose population is under 26 years old, with an important social divide.”