USD's Trans-Border Institute to Host International Economic Conference

For the first time ever outside Washington, D.C., Cabinet level ministers from the three North American countries meet in San Diego to plan the economic future of our continent

On Wednesday, April 14, 2010, the University of San Diego’s Trans-Border Institute (TBI) will host an all day economic forum with cabinet level representatives from the United States, Mexico and Canada entitled “North American Competitiveness, Innovation and Clean Energy Conference.”

The conference will reinforce major themes of the North American Competitiveness Forum and highlight trilateral North American cooperation as a driver for 21st century jobs growth. Panel discussions will focus on how to promote the links that advance innovation and competitiveness and how to remove the obstacles that impede future growth. Participants will hear innovative examples of green workforce development, integrated supply chain improvements, and enhanced border infrastructure projects that facilitate efficiency and increase trade opportunities. 

United States Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, Mexican Secretary of the Economy Gerardo Ruiz Mateos, Canadian Minister of Industry Tony Clement, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, and Tijuana Mayor Jorge Ramos, will be joined by dozens of economists and policy experts from the binational region, as well as leadership from the San Diego Chamber of Commerce.

The conference will run all day from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Discussion Topics Include:

• Transitioning to a Low-Carbon Economy
• A 21st Century Green Energy Workforce
• Project Financing
• Innovative Supply Chains and Improved Capacity
• Border Efficiency through Enhanced Infrastructure

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Interested media should contact James Clark at the Mexico Business Center of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce at 619-544-1376 or

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