Friday, January 31, 2020 - NEWS RELEASE
TIJUANA, MEXICO – Inside the iconic Tijuana Cultural Center, San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and Tijuana Mayor Arturo González Cruz signed a formal agreement today that reaffirms the mayors’ commitment to work together to strengthen economic ties, civic engagement and cross-border collaboration.
“San Diego and Tijuana are a worldwide example of how two cities can come together across international boundaries for the good of residents and businesses,” Mayor Faulconer said. “We’ve accomplished so much over the years through our binational collaboration, and today’s new agreement reestablishes our commitment to our shared success. Together, Mayor González and I will find solutions and advocate on the issues that impact citizens on both sides of the border.”
San Diego and Tijuana have a long-standing relationship of cross-border collaboration and economic development going back several generations. Mayor Faulconer and previous mayors in both cities have continued to build on the megaregion’s strong binational ties by advocating on behalf of American and Mexican residents and businesses in Washington, D.C., and Mexico City. Most recently those efforts have been evident in the attention federal leaders have given to the issue of the Tijuana River Valley environmental crisis.
“Today, with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, I reaffirm with Mayor Faulconer, the commitment to work collaboratively between Tijuana and San Diego. It was very important to me that this agreement reflected the four main priorities that I have laid out for the City of Tijuana: public safety, development and mobility, social welfare and transparency.” – Presidente Municipal de Tijuana, Arturo González Cruz
The agreement is a renewal of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two cities that Mayor Faulconer signed with both Mayor Jorge Astiazarán in 2014 and Mayor Juan Manuel Gastélum in 2017. These agreements have led to regular collaboration between city departments resulting in cross-border training for firefighters, art exchanges at libraries and the joint promotion of the economic advantages the San Diego-Tijuana megaregion has to offer.
Department leaders from San Diego and Tijuana attended today’s ceremony, including representatives for economic development, government affairs, information technology, libraries and public safety.
Mayor Faulconer and Mayor González currently serve as co-chairs for the U.S.-Mexico Border Mayors Association and are slated to attend the annual binational delegation mission to Mexico City in March led by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Learn more about the Memorandum of Understanding signed today.