The city of Calexico entered into an agreement last week that could prove to be an innovative way to spark economic growth in the city.
On Friday, Calexico City Manager Rich Inman, on the direction of the City Council, signed off on a formal agreement with Chinese businessmen Bernie Chow and Ying Wei Zhen to make the men ambassadors of Calexico, representing the border city in dealing with other Chinese businessmen.
Chow said at a council meeting last week he envisions a "Chinatown" neighborhood in Calexico, complete with neighborhood restaurants, markets and other related businesses. In addition, he indicated Calexico could become a tourist destination for those looking to experience a Chinatown atmosphere like that in most major U.S. cities.
Chow's words seem to be sounding pretty nice to the council's collective ears as several members have called the mixing of cultures a winning proposition with tremendous upside.