International Economic Summit Mexicali and Imperial Valley


El Centro, CA – The Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation in conjunction with the Economic Development Commission of Mexicali are organizing the second annual International Economic Summit to take place April 29 & 30, 2010.

“The event is designed to showcase the Mexicali and Imperial Valley as an international region.  As such, the two day event will take place on both sides of the US-Mexican border,” said Daniel Fitzgerald, Calexico-County Enterprise Zone Manager and Chair of the event planning committee.

Thursday, April 29 will involve a tour of key industries in Mexicali, including the Kenworth truck assembly plant.  In the afternoon, the event will move to CETYS University where key figures from Baja California will speak.  Dr. Alejandro Mugaray, the Secretary for Economic Development for Baja California, will discuss the many assets in Baja and Baja’s role in the Cali-Baja Mega-Region.  Dr. Fernando Leon, newly appointed Dean of CETYS University, will give an update on the WASC accreditation for CETYS.  Last, Ulises Mendez, the Mexicali Chief of Police, has been invited to speak about new security programs in Mexicali.

“We are excited to have such influential individuals talk about Mexicali and Baja California.  This will allow the attendees to truly learn what Mexicali has to offer as part of our economic region,” Fitzgerald said.

Friday, April 30 will take place in the Imperial Valley.  The morning session will be a unique training seminar offered by the US Department of Commerce for importers and exporters.  The General Session will have two keynote speakers discussing the Imperial Valley and Mexicali’s unique economic status as an international region.

The Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation is a partnership of private enterprise and local government that is united by the common vision of expanding anddiversifying the local economy. IVEDC investors include a host of public and private organizations that are committed to building a robust economy for the benefit of all those who live and work in the region.  For more information, visit