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September, October busy throughout the Cali Baja Bi-National Mega-Region

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The border meant business during the fall, with September and October being busy months throughout the Cali-Baja Bi-national Mega-Region.

Here are some highlights:

CaliBaja @ Tijuana Innovadora 2012

CaliBaja partners recently had an opportunity to showcase the beta version of the new website and asset map at Tijuana Innovadora, a ten-day event held Oct. 11-21, to promote Tijuana and strengthen cross-border ties. The asset map currently shows data for four strategic industries and has the capacity to be scaled up. Agribusiness will be the next strategic industry included. Participating on a panel that highlighted the genuinely collaborative nature of this bi-national endeavor were Dr. Eric Frost, Director SDSU Vizlab; David Mayagoitia, Chair, Tijuana-EDC; and Dr. Christina Luhn, Director of the Mega Region Initiative (SDREDC). Dave Hestor, President of Kyocera Mexicana, moderated the panel.

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TENASKA SOLAR ENERGY CENTER in IMPERIAL COUNTY

Imperial County Supervisor Mike Kelley along with SDG&E's Jim Avery were among the many dignitaries on hand at the ceremonial placing of Tenaska Solar Energy's first panel. When completed this will make up the first large-scale solar facility to send electricity through the Sunrise Powerlink. Nearly two million panels will be placed in the coming months to generate some 130 megawatts of power in late 2013. The project will power as many as 44,000 homes in San Diego throughout the 25-year life of the project. (Photo: Alejandra Davila, IV Press).

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BAJA'S THIRD AEROSPACE SUPPLIER FORUM

Baja's 3rd annual Aerospace Supplier Forum takes place today, November 15, in Mexicali, on the campus of CETYS University. This event is a business-to-business forum of buyers and suppliers from the aerospace sector providing an opportunity to meet and network with global aerospace industry leaders to showcase the Imperial Valley. Participating companies include UTC Aerospace Systems, Honeywell, Gulfstream, GKN Aerospace, Rockwell Collins, LMI Aerospace, Triumph, Eaton and Zodiac. For more information, http://bajaaerospaceforum.com/. CaliBaja is participating with a booth to promote the mega-region's assets. Please stop by!

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21st CENTURY BORDER CONFERENCE

A bi-national group of stakeholders from along the U.S. - Mexico border met in Tempe, Arizona, September 23-25. Organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce with ASU's North American Center for Transborder Studies, the keynote speakers and panelists discussed the significance of the 2000 mile border to our collective economies which is estimated at $499.8 billion dollars (in total 2011 U.S.-Mexico bilateral trade). CaliBaja was well represented with speakers, panelists and attendees from all three regions including City of San Diego, City of Tijuana, SANDAG, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, San Diego Regional EDC, TIjuana EDC, Industrial Development Commission of Mexicali, Baja State Energy Commission and Kyocera.

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BAJA SEAFOOD EXPO 2012

Ensenada recently hosted the Baja Seafood Expo, an annual event showcasing the entire business chain - from producer to the restaurateur. The three-day event (Sept. 18-23) brought together producers, suppliers, buyers, investors and the general public to present the variety and quality of products in the region, as well as the gourmet cuisine from the kitchens of Ensenada and the region. Among the CaliBaja partners attending were COPREEN's Marco Navarro, Adriana Martinez and Edmundo Ramirez.

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