The North American Research Partnership, together with USAID Mexico, the Council of State Governments West, the U.S. Congressional Border Caucus, and the Mexico Institute/Woodrow Wilson Center, is looking forward to the launch of the Regional Economic Competitiveness Forums (RECF) this week (March 20-21) in San Diego, California. The RECF are aimed at convening key regional stakeholders, to promote the exchange of information on strategies to improve the border region’s competitiveness, and develop local, state legislative, and executive branch recommendations to achieve the goals outlined during the events. Four regional economic competitiveness forums are planned and will be targeted along the following border sub-regions: California – Baja California; Arizona – Sonora; Texas -Chihuahua- New Mexico; and Texas– Coahuila- Nuevo Leon- Tamaulipas. These forums will take place in the spring and summer of 2014 and will build on the work completed during the first round of regional economic forums that took place in 2005, which led to the development of a white paper titled “A New Vision for Trade along the U.S. – Mexico Border Region.”
Erik Lee, NARP Executive Director, Rick Van Schoik, NARP Portfolio Director, and Christopher Wilson, Associate at the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, have co-authored a thought paper summarizing the key topic points (Thought Paper RECF March 2014). The input gathered from each regional forum will be published in the weeks following each regional forum, but will also form part of a comprehensive report that will be presented to local, state and federal officials from both Mexico and the United States this fall in Washington D.C.
For more information and to register for the upcoming forum, please click here.