Martinez Establishes Alliance in Sonora

Susana Martinez
SONORA, MEXICO – New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez met with the Governor of Sonora, Mexico, Guillermo Padrés Elías, to discuss the future of the relationship between the border states, including ways to improve the region’s economy and overcome common challenges, such as crime and border violence. “I am committed to growing jobs in New Mexico and one way to do that is to better partner with border states like Sonora on important issues,” Governor Martinez remarked. “I appreciate Governor Padrés’ commitment to working with New Mexico to improve the safety and development of the border region; there is a lot of work to be done.” Various working groups were convened on subjects ranging from health and education to the critical issues of job creation and economic development.
Guillermo Padres Elias
The states agreed to collaborate on breast cancer and obesity prevention, as well as the tracking of valley fever. The head of Sonora’s education department will travel to New Mexico to discuss strategies for raising student achievement, and the states agreed to work on the development of exchange-learning programs, particularly among nurses and other medical professionals. In the coming weeks, Governor Martinez is expected to meet in Santa Fe with the Governor of Chihuahua. “I am optimistic that, through a commitment to collaboration and positive dialogue, New Mexico will be able to join with Mexican border states to provide for a future of greater opportunity for all of us,” Governor Martinez concluded. “The current problems with drug trafficking and violent crime must be faced with an equal commitment from each border state to overcome them and forge a positive future together."



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