Calexico hosting economic summit targeting border opportunities

February 02, 2001|STAFF REPORT

CALEXICO — Business leaders and state and local government officials from both sides of the border will gather for an economic summit in this border city's newest development area.

The purpose of the summit is to discuss trade and business opportunities that exist between the Imperial and Mexicali valleys, and between the states of California and Baja California.

The summit is being presented by the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corp.

Invitees are from Imperial, San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside and Los Angeles counties. Others are from the Mexican cities of Tijuana, Tecate and Mexicali.

Invited speakers included state Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante. A spokeswomen in Bustamante's Los Angeles office said the lieutenant governor would likely not attend and that a representative would fill in for him.


Mexican presidential adviser and commissioner for border affairs, Ernesto Ruffo, has confirmed his intention to speak.

Other invited speakers from California include Lon S. Hatamiya, secretary of technology, trade and commerce; and Michael Flores, secretary of border affairs for the governor's office.

From Baja California, invited speakers include the governor's Secretary General, Jorge Ramos; and the state director of economic development, Juan Antonio Martinez.

Other invited speakers include officials from the city of Mexicali, the Imperial County Board of Supervisors and the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors.

The summit will run from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday in the Mexport Business Center, Building E, Los Alamos Business Park near the Calexico East Port of Entry.

Following the summit there will be a tour of maquiladoras in Mexicali from noon to 4 p.m. and a reception from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

To make reservations for any portion of the summit or tour, call (877) 994-8332.

Sponsors include the cities of Brawley, Calexico and El Centro, Imperial County, the IID, the IVEDC, International Real Estate, San Diego Dialogue, San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus and the California Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency.

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