Contact: Julia Hurst
NLGA executive director firstname.lastname@example.org (859) 283-1400
CSG Affiliate National Lieutenant Governors Association
Promotes Economic Development in Mexico
Two lieutenant governors visited Mexico City in July to promote economic development between the United States and Mexico. Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton and Nevada Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki were representatives of the National Lieutenant Governors Association July 5-9, 2010, partnering with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through an agreement with The Council of State
The lieutenant governors opened dialogue at the federal, state and local levels on economic development and energy. “The purpose of this initiative is to promote exchanges between the U.S. states and lieutenant governors and Mexican officials on best practices in energy efficiency, opportunities for expanding renewable energy use, and economic development, in general,” said NLGA Director Julia Hurst.
Lawton and Krolicki met with U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Carlos Pascual and Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard. “The Ambassador shared with the lieutenant governors work of a bi-lateral, presidential-level regulatory task force seeking to harmonize certain standards across the two countries to encourage economic development,” said Hurst. Ebrard shared stories of the city’s success in implementing Metrobus—a dedicated lane, rapid transport, public bus system recognized internationally for its contributions to sustainability.
All discussions during the exchange centered on the close links among economic growth, competitiveness, sustainable development and energy, as well as on the roles states may play in these efforts. The lieutenant governors engaged in two days of conversations with high-level representatives of Mexico’s Energy Ministry, the Federal Electricity Commission, the National Energy Regulatory Commission, the National Commission for Energy Efficiencies, and Mexico’s Foreign Relations Ministry.
The delegates also advanced the value of including private sector perspectives in such conversations. At Bayer Mexico, the lieutenant governors were joined by Bayer Mexico executives and a delegation from the Border Legislative Conference (another CSG partner) for a roundtable with representatives from Mexico’s Senate Committees for Northern Border Affairs, Environment and Energy. NLGA anticipates discussions on this topic will continue through engaged conversation and member participation in upcoming meetings with a state-level best practices exchange to occur possibly in the first quarter of 2011.
The Council of State Governments is our nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.