COACHELLA OFFICIALS TO MEET WITH MEXICALI OFFICIALS IN MEXICO
COACHELLA OFFICIALS TO MEET WITH EDUCATION, CULTURE, BUSINESS
AND CITY LEADERS IN MEXICALI, MEXICO
The meetings, the first to be organized through the new sister cities agreement between Coachella and Mexicali, will take place Friday and Saturday,
March 20 and 21
COACHELLA, Calif., March 20, 2015 — A delegation of city officials from Coachella plans to meet today and Saturday with business, government, culture and education leaders in Mexicali, Mexico, to explore ways to develop a productive sister cities relationship.
“These face-to-face discussions will be very helpful as we start to develop mutual goals we can work toward to strengthen our economic, cultural and educational ties,” said Coachella Mayor Steven Hernandez, “This is the first step to developing an action plan to work with one another to develop what we hope will be a model sister cities relationship.”
Hernandez added that it makes sense for Coachella to have a sister cities relationship with Mexicali because many Coachella residents have relatives in Mexicali and are familiar with the city.
Located 100 miles south of Coachella, Mexicali is the capital of Baja California Norte and is a major center for agricultural and industrial activity in northwest Mexico. Mexicali also has several public and private high schools and universities, including technical schools, which could offer unique opportunities for educational exchanges involving students and professors.
Friday’s activities will include an official sister cities luncheon and signing ceremony with a Mexicali chef and the Coachella Valley’s ShareKitchen creating lunch plates that feature fruits and vegetables from the Coachella and Mexicali Valleys.
Meetings will also take place Friday with Teodoro Perez, director of Municipal Art and Cultural Institute at Mexicali’s Casa de Cultura; Dr. Fernando Leon, dean of Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior (CETYS), a private technical high school; and Dr. Juan Manuel Ocegueda, dean of the Autonomous University of Baja California (UNAM).
Saturday’s activities will include a meeting with Carlos Cordova, director of the Mexicali Industrial Development Commission, and tours of local manufacturing facilities. A meeting has also been scheduled with the Date Producers Association of Mexicali.