The constitutional governor of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, Tomás Yarrington, and mayors from U.S. and Mexico border cities are expected to sign a cooperative agreement dealing with commerce, industry and tourism Thursday at The University of Texas-Pan American.
In addition to Yarrington, mayors from cities ranging from Laredo to Brownsville on the U.S. border and Nuevo Laredo to Matamoros in Mexico have been invited to participate in the signing during a private breakfast meeting at 8:30 a.m. in the International Room of the International Trade and Technology Building at UTPA.
"We're very pleased that the Governor of Tamaulipas is coming to the Rio Grande Valley," said Edinburg Mayor Joe Ochoa. "It shows that he is concerned about the mutual issues that affect both sides of the border issues that include the environment, infrastructure and the economy."
The agreement uniting the development of commerce, industry and tourism along the Texas-Tamaulipas border contains 19 goals, including creation of a strategic regional plan, development of the "Winter Texan" market, establishment of new border crossings and promoting the cleaning of the Rio Grande. University officials said they and partners in Mexico at the Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas and Monterrey Tech will prepare the initial benchmarking analysis.
"The Governor's visit comes at a critical time in the evolution of the Valley economy in that we are now moving ahead with cross-border initiatives that can lead to many new jobs," said Roland S. Arriola, UTPA vice president for External Affairs. "The University is a catalyst that seeks to work regionally to promote the economic development of the South Texas area."
Following the private meeting, Yarrington will speak in a free, public forum at 10 a.m. in the Engineering Building auditorium. His topic will be "In the Frontier of the Future A Regional Partner with a Global Vision."
While his speech will be in Spanish, translating equipment will be available.
Yarrington obtained his primary, secondary and high school education in state schools in Matamoros and Tampico. He graduated with a degree in economics from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Léon and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
After occupying several positions as a public servant, he was named Director Operativo de Reubcación in the INEGI (National Institute of Statistics, Geography and Computing) and later became Delegado Regional de la secretario de Programación y Presupuesto in Tamaulipas. He then was elected diputado federal in Matamoros and served as presidente municipal in that city.
In 1997, Yarrington was named secretario de Hacienda in Tamaulipas, a position he held until running for governor. He took office in 1999 and will serve until 2004.