TIJUANA — Issues such as tourism, emergency response, the environment, police collaboration, and joint trade missions were the topics of discussion on Friday, as Mayor Kevin Faulconer brought top staff members from San Diego City Hall to meet with Tijuana Mayor Jorge Astiazaran and his staff.
We're going to be talking a lot about economic development, how are we attracting great jobs to the region
Faulconer said at a news conference before closed-door meetings at the Torre Cosmopolitan building in the city's Rio Zone.
The meeting was the first between the two cities since the mayors signed a memorandum of understanding in San Diego last November.
The border economy may have grown up with the maquiladora industry's traditional focus on low cost assembly, but rapid growth in East Asia and elsewhere has pulled many low skilled jobs out of the region. Though this caused some pain as it happened during the early 2000s, it has forced border region manufacturers to focus on their long-term comparative advantage—proximity to the vast U.S. market—and to move up the value chain into more advanced manufacturing. In this context, companies will invest in the region not because of the supply of cheap labor but because of the availability of adequate talent, putting a premium on education.
The first sections of a pedestrian skybridge linking Tijuana's A.L. Rodríguez International Airport and San Diego have been lifted into place in Mexico.
The pair of 150-foot-long pieces, weighing a combined 150 tons, took two days to install above the Vía de la Juventud Oriente, which runs along the international border fence.
Cars were diverted as the operation took place on Saturday and Sunday. The remaining portions of the bridge, on the U.S. side of the border, are scheduled to be put into place within the next few weeks.