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NAFTA Press Conference with San Diego and Baja Mayors

On August 16, Jerry Sanders joined border Mayors and other elected officials from the United States, Mexico, and Canada for a press conference to urge federal leaders in Washington to support the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement and continue their ongoing effort to make the region one of the most prosperous in the world.

Representatives from the U.S. included:

  • Mayor of San Diego, Kevin Faulconer
  • Mayor of Imperial Beach, Serge Dedina
  • Mayor of National City, Ron Morrison
  • Consul William Ostick from the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana.

Representatives on behalf of Mexico included:

  • Mayor of Tijuana Juan Manuel Gastelum
  • Mayor of Mexicali, Gustavo Sanchez
  • Ambassador Marcela Celorio from the Mexican Consulate in San Diego.

Additionally, Consul James Villanueva, from the Canadian Consulate in Los Angeles, participated in the representation of our Canadian neighbors.

The group expressed their support of NAFTA and highlighted the importance of a renewed commitment to trade in North America. Mayor Faulconer commented, “trade between Mexico and the United States, moving through San Diego has increased threefold totaling $60 billion each year, a $5 billion growth under NAFTA”. The Mayors agreed on the economic driver NAFTA has been to the region and all three countries.

San Diego and Baja California have leveraged NAFTA to create a $2.5 billion manufacturing supply chain that supports co-production between the two cities. The Chamber continues its advocacy efforts in support of NAFTA through its support and involvement in tthese discussions A delegation of almost 150 binational business, community, and government leaders will travel to Washington D. C. from September 24th to 27th to advocate for NAFTA among other binational priorities. As part of the agenda, a trade panel moderated by Congressmen Darrell Issa will analyze and discuss the economic impact of trade nationwide and cover areas of opportunity.

For more on the press conference click here to read the press release.



Member Spotlight: DPR Construction

Ranked in the top 50 general contractors in the country since 1997, DPR Construction is a national commercial contractor and construction manager with a passion for results. Whether a multi-million-dollar technical facility or a conference room renovation, we execute every project with relentless accountability. DPR exists to build great things – great buildings, great relationships, and great communities. One of the Vivid Descriptions for achieving our 2030 Mission is to “be as integral and indispensable to the communities we operate in as the Boys & Girls Clubs and The Red Cross.”

We implement this vision by supporting under-resourced communities through financial donations and skills-based volunteering focused on DPR’s areas of expertise: Facility Construction & Renovation; Career & Education Guidance for Youth; and Operational Support for Nonprofits. We recognize that as a technical builder, the most impactful resources we have are the professional skills of our employees. The organizations we partner with are carefully vetted and selected based on their missions and outcome metrics.

Through our collective efforts, in the past year, PR has led renovations of more than 20 community centers and 10 residences, taught 1,000+ youth about construction careers through workshops and mentoring, and served on the boards and committees of more than 25 partner organizations. Some of the nonprofits DPR works with in San Diego and nationwide include:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito, La Colonia
  • ACE Mentor
  • Girls Inc.
  • Rebuilding Together
  • YouthBuild
  • Habitat For Humanity

Another way DPR San Diego contributes to our community is through our annual charity cornhole tournament, where a charitable organization is chosen to receive the proceeds. At the 2017 event alone, we were able to raise $35,000 for the Autism Tree Project Foundation. Going on our 5th annual tournament, we are proud of the success these tournaments have had and we look forward to finding more ways to make DPR integral and indispensable to the San Diego community we love so much.


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