SD mayor meets with Mexican officials as part of the annual California-Mexico Trade Initiative

Trip aims to boost local economy, create jobs

SAN DIEGO - For the second time this month, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is crossing the border to talk business with officials in Mexico City as part of the annual California-Mexico Trade Initiative.

“Let them know that San Diego, we are open for business,” he said.

Faulconer and other local and state leaders are on a four-day trip to continue talks on several issues, including enhancing the cross-border railroad, funding border infrastructure projects and increasing international trade and commerce.

Those and many other topics were discussed during Faulconer's meeting with Tijuana's mayor earlier this month and he expects officials in Mexico City to jump on board with the cross-border partnership.

“We just started to scratch the surface in terms of economic opportunity and creating the types of good, quality jobs on both sides of the border that only benefit San Diegans and our economy,” Faulconer said.

The California-Mexico Trade Initiative will also allow the mayor and city leaders to visit Mexican businesses as well as the Mexican Stock Exchange.

Faulconer says he is looking forward to the trip and already has several ideas he believes will continue to make the San Diego region thrive.

“For example, a new truck crossing on Otay Mesa to make sure those trucks flow, goods and services flow … we're creating good quality jobs,” he said.

California's lieutenant governor as well as the president of San Diego's Chamber of Commerce will attend the conference.

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