California and Mexico enter into tourism agreement

September 17, 2014

09/16/14 The Desert Sun

airplane on runwayExpect to see more cooperation among tourism officials in California and Mexico to grow cross-border travel. The state has signed a memorandum of understanding with Mexico to grow tourism between the two. Visit California, the state tourism organization, launched a $1 million marketing campaign this spring in Mexico to drive summer bookings, including Visit California’s first broadcast advertising in Mexico inviting consumers to “come to California and dream big too.” Visit California anticipates that air arrivals from Mexico to California will increase by 19 percent from 2013 to 2016.

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Gov. Jerry Brown, Mexico’s president talk trade in L.A.

August 28, 2014

08/26/14 Los Angeles Times

hand shakeGov. Jerry Brown and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto shared the stage in Los Angeles to speak about opportunities for the Golden State and its southern neighbor to work together on business opportunities, climate change and higher education.

“We share language, territory, trade,” Brown said Monday at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, where Peña Nieto kicked off a two-day trip to California. “We share the sun, the wind, businesses like oil production.”

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Mexico’s president thanks California leaders for welcoming immigrants

August 27, 2014

08/27/14 Los Angeles Times

Enrique PeñaNieto 2Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto thanked California’s leaders Tuesday for welcoming immigrants from his country — even those who came illegally — as he capped his first official trip to the United States.

California’s policies, which include tuition assistance at public universities and drivers’ licenses for immigrants who are in the country illegally, are a “recognition of human dignity,” Peña Nieto said in a speech to a joint session of the California Legislature.

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Mexico president seeks immigration reform: ‘This is a matter of justice’

August 26, 2014

08/26/14 The Guardian

Enrique Pena NietoMexico’s president spoke of the need for US immigration reform on a two-day visit to migrant-friendly California, saying those who reject diversity and inclusion will ultimately be proven wrong.

“We want to be a factor of cohesion, not division, with full respect for the sovereignty of the United States,” President Enrique Pena Nieto said Monday. “This, at the end, is about — and only about — a matter of justice for those who contribute so much to the development of the American society.”

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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on L.A. visit

August 26, 2014

08/25/14 Los Angeles Times

Enrique PeñaNieto 2Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto kicked off a two-day tour of California with a speech to Mexican immigrants in Los Angeles on Monday in which he pledged to make life better for his countrymen living on both sides of the border.

Pledging reduced wait times at border crossings and faster services at Mexican consulates across the United States, Nieto said he had an obligation to serve all Mexicans, regardless of where they lived.

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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto starts California tour in Los Angeles

August 25, 2014

08/25/14 San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Enrique PeñaNieto 2Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is visiting California at the invitation of Gov. Jerry Brown.

His two-day tour starts in Los Angeles on Monday and comes less than a month after Brown visited Mexico.

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Borders Into Bridges

August 1, 2014

Site Selection Magazine. Rick Van Schoik, Erik Lee & Christopher Wilson

hand shakeAs the United States and Mexico focus on a number of key bilateral and domestic economic efforts, the US-Mexico border region’s economy finds itself at a time of potentially enormous transition. New local initiatives have been developed in recent years across the border region – from Cali-Baja in Tijuana and San Diego to the Binational Economic Development Zone project in Brownsville and Matamoros – to promote border communities as unified and interdependent economic regions.

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