MAYOR FAULCONER, MAYOR GASTÉLUM RENEW 2014 COMMITMENT TO STRENGTHEN ECONOMIC & CIVIC TIES
San Diego – On the steps of the historic Casa de la Cultura in Tijuana, San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastélum signed a formal agreement that codifies the mayors’ pledge to work together to strengthen economic and civic ties.
“San Diego and Tijuana set an example of how two cities can come together across international boundaries for the good of their citizens,” Mayor Faulconer said. “Together, Mayor Gastélum and I will continue to work cooperatively and discuss the issues that matter to our residents such as economic development, border infrastructure, our cross-border culture and public safety. Going forward, it’s important that we continue to have clear and open lines of communication and that is what this agreement will help us accomplish.”
The agreement is a renewal of a Memorandum of Understanding Mayor Faulconer and former Tijuana Mayor Jorge Astiazarán signed in 2014. As a result, department directors from both cities have met regularly to collaborate, resulting in cross-border training for firefighters, art exchanges at libraries and the joint promotion of the economic advantages the San Diego-Tijuana megaregion has to offer.
The San Diego-Tijuana megaregion is the largest hub for medical device manufacturing in the world and the San Ysidro Port of Entry is the busiest land border crossing in North America.