Border Economic Development Task Force first meeting


CALEXICO, Calif. – A new group has formed between Calexico and Mexicali to improve the opportunities for business growth.


The group is called Border Economic Development Task Force.

It includes leaders from Imperial and Mexicali.


“We need to establish some form of articulation with our neighbors in the south to look at developing the industries on both sides of the border,” Mayor John Moreno said.


“To promote business and job creation opportunities.  So, that’s why we have very specific outcomes in a short period,” Alfredo Garcia said, president of Industry Development Commission of Mexicali.

There are 13 on the Task Force… they include city council members… the consulte general from Mexico and economic developers from the valley and Mexicali.


“We want to make sure where at the table discussing have a great relationship and get some of these industries into our town that provide jobs and economic development for all,” Moreno said.

Nearly 100,000 cross into Calexico every day.


“We have many examples of doing business and that is a key element,” Garcia said.

A key element that the Task Force is working toward for brighter future for the area.


“The specific goal is to promote more investments and to help the existing ones to grow here locally,” Garcia said.

The task force will continue to meet monthly to review projects and other business opportunities.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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