City of Mesa News Article
Mayor Scott Smith talks jobs in Mexico
By: Melissa Randazzo
11/8/13 11:38 AM

Nov. 8, 2013
Mayor’s Office
Contact: Melissa Randazzo
Tel. 480-644-3219

     Delegation explores Aerospace and Export Opportunities

Mesa, AZ – Mayor Scott Smith, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, will join an economic development delegation to Mexico led by the Brookings Institution.  Smith was invited to participate in the Global Cities Initiative conference Nov. 11 – 14, with stops in Mexico City and Querétaro.  A select delegation of senior, corporate, civic and government officials will come together from the United States, Mexico and Canada to discuss the distinct roles of cities in North American trade, share competitiveness strategies, foster enduring business linkages and boost North American trade, productivity and competitiveness.

“I am honored to be invited to participate in the Global Cities Initiative,” Mayor Scott Smith said. “North American trade is vitally important to our success as a nation and discussing strategies with our neighbors can only strengthen our competitiveness and boost our economies.”

The conference will focus on the aerospace and technology industries, which Mesa has focused on through the H.E.A.T. Initiative for economic development (Healthcare, Education, Aerospace, Tourism/Technology). The first two days of the conference will be spent in Querétaro, which is known as "Mexico's Silicon Valley of Aerospace" and is home to the National Aeronautics University.  Several aerospace companies that have a presence in Mesa, including Cessna and Hawker Beechcraft, have manufacturing operations in Querétaro.

“I am also excited to learn about how Querétaro became the first aerospace cluster in Mexico,” Smith said. “I see many similarities with Mesa’s Gateway area and I know it will be enlightening for us to share notes on our progress and strategies.”

Mayor Smith has worked with the Brookings Institution since taking office in 2008. He was a facilitator on the Metro Business Plan and has participated in meetings, conferences and panels as U.S. Conference of Mayors President.


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