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Border Infrastructure and their Relationship to Economic Development Opportunities within the Region

The information on this page was originally developed for a joint legislative hearing of the Assembly Committeeon Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy and the Assembly Select Committee on California/Mexico Bi-National Affairs.  The hearing was held on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, in the City of Calexico, Imperial County, California.

The Border Region faces many challenges in moving toward economic recovery and obtaining greater prosperity in the coming decade.  Among other strategies, the region is looking to leverage manufacturing, renewable energy and its access to domestic and foreign markets to advance its economic growth.   Central to each of these efforts is the development, enhancement and connectivity of the physical infrastructure within the Coachella-Imperial-Mexicali Economic Corridor to the larger bi-national Mega-Region and beyond.

Hearing testimony will be presented through two panels comprised of federal, state and international experts from the public and private sectors.  The first panel focused on the expansion of the Calexico Port of Entry and the second panel will broaden the infrastructure discussion to include financing within the Mega-Region, with an emphasis on enhancing sustainable development activities that can provide economic, social, and environmental benefits.

Materials from the hearing include the agenda and:

- Hearing Briefing Memorandum

- Speakers' Biographies

- Fast Facts on California's International Trade Economy

- Caltrans District 11 - Freight Planning Fast Sheet

- CalPERS Infrastructure Investment Outreach Review

- September 2012 Joint Report by the North American Development Bank and the Border Environmental Cooperation Commission

-Inter-American Development Bank's Sector Strategy on Competitive Global and Regional Integration

 

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