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LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- The development of manufacturing and aerospace businesses in southern New Mexico and Arizona could get a boost thanks to a $457,000 grant.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce has been awarded to New Mexico State University's College of Engineering and its partners in the Innovation Frontier Southwest, which includes the University of Arizona, Pima County, the city of Tucson and others.

The partners plan to use the funding to develop a strategic manufacturing plan for the region. The effort is called the Border Technology Manufacturing Initiative.

NMSU Assistant Engineering Dean Patricia Sullivan said the focus will be gaps in the supply chain and opportunities among Mexican manufacturers, White Sands Missile Range and defense and aerospace contractors in the region.

She said the hope is to identify opportunities that can enhance new business startups.

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