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California- Baja California Regional Economic Competitiveness Forum

San Diego, California
March 21-22, 2014

Speaker Presentations


CA-Baja Ca Regional Economic Competitiveness Forum Executive Summary

CA-Baja CA Attendee Directory

Congressman Peters Welcome

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Panel I: Regional Economy: Competitiveness & Innovation

Flavio Olivieri
Tijuana Economic Development Corporation


Joel Valenzuela
Director of Maritime Operations
Port of San Diego


Rick de Lambert
California-Mexico Border Trade Director
U.S. Commercial Service


Efrem Bycer
Manager, Economic Development
San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation

Panel II: Ports of Entry Management and Infrastructure Planning

Paul Henning
Assistant Director of Field Operations, San Diego
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Gary Gallegos
Executive Director
San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)


Mark Baza
Executive Director
Imperial County Transportation Commission 

James C. Clark
Executive Director
San Diego – Tijuana Smart Border Coalition


Hector Holguin, P.E.
Director of Operations, Project-21 / Frontera-21
U.S.-Mexico Border Mayors Association

Panel III: Cross border Economic Clusters

Michael P. Combs
Research Manager
San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation


Christina Anne Luhn, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Cali Baja Mega Region Initiative


Dr. Amado Villarreal
Director, Institute for Regional Development
Graduate School of Public Administration and Public Policy



Break Out Sessions

Regional Economy: Competitiveness & Innovation

Facilitator: D. Rick Van Schoik
Portfolio Director, North American Research Partnership

Ports of Entry Management and Infrastructure Planning

Facilitators: Erik Lee
Executive Director, North American Research Partnership

Connecting the Californias to the Global Economy

Facilitator: Chris Wilson
Associate, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars – Mexico Institute