Faulconer Heads to Mexico City for Annual Trade Initative with San Diego Regional Chamber to Give a Boost to Jobs and Local Economy

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - NEWS RELEASE

San Diego, CA – As a part of a major economic initiative to help create jobs and boost the San Diego region’s local economy, Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined President and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Jerry Sanders, California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsome, City Council President Todd Gloria and other binational officials and business leaders for the Annual California-Mexico Trade Initiative in Mexico City.

The trip served as an opportunity to follow up on many of the binational priorities discussed during Mayor Faulconer’s recent visit to Tijuana, including enhancing the cross-border railroad, funding border infrastructure projects, improving direct-foreign investment and increasing international trade and commerce. During the trip, Mayor Faulconer met with the Governor of the State of Querétaro to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or agreement to strengthen and share common cultural, economic and educational interests. Mayor Faulconer also met with the President of Mexico’s Chief of Staff Aurelio Nuño Mayer.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer said before he left, “As I travel to Mexico City, I look forward to promoting the City of San Diego and our border region as a vital economic driver that provides good-paying jobs. I will continue to work with local government, business and civic partners in Mexico City to ensure that we have a safe and efficient border.”

Jerry Sanders, President and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce said, “This annual advocacy trip is an important opportunity for leaders on both sides of the border to come together to discuss how we can improve our border to make our region thrive. The trip is also critical for developing relationships between businesses and business and government officials which helps to bolster many of these projects.”

Mayor Faulconer was joined by Lt. Governor Gavin Newson, Supervisor Greg Cox, Council President Todd Gloria, City Councilmember Scott Sherman, along with several Mexican officials such as U.S. Consul General Andrew Erickson, Counsul General of Mexico Remedios Gomez Arnau and the Mayor of Tijuana’s Economic Development Secretary, Xavier Peniche.

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