Southern Ports-to-Plains Task Force Workgroup


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Planning Session held February 18, 2011 in San Angelo, TX

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Southern Ports-to-Plains Task Force Workgroup

  1. 1. Southern Ports-to-Plains Trade Task Force February 18, 2010
  2. 2. Vision <ul><li>Ensuring that the communities from West Texas to the Mexican ports are successful in the global marketplace. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Development of Strategic Plan <ul><li>Workgroup Mission : Engaging our communities to enhance the continued improvement of transportation infrastructure and promoting awareness of the benefits of the PTP trade corridor. </li></ul><ul><li>PTP Mission : A grassroots alliance of communities and businesses whose mission is to advocate for a robust transportation infrastructure to promote economic security and prosperity throughout North America’s energy and agricultural heartland. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Highways Chris Cornell; Gabriel Ramos <ul><li>Advocate rural connection to markets on state & federal levels </li></ul><ul><li>San Angelo to Del Rio funding for engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Gather data regarding progress/dates? Construction updates </li></ul><ul><li>Importance of traffic counts on Texas side for federal funds-get from TxDOT </li></ul><ul><li>Data on shipping needs from companies and ports in Mexico and Texas </li></ul><ul><li>Border patrol </li></ul>
  5. 5. Railroad Roy Williams, Javier Zamarripa <ul><li>Define height of the rail bridge at Presidio </li></ul><ul><li>Funding on the Mexico side </li></ul><ul><li>Bill Glavan at TxDOT rail division </li></ul><ul><li>Additional money to fund rail replacement Ft. Stockton to Alpine-70 miles (Federal Rail Admin.) </li></ul><ul><li>Competition between RR and highways for US funding </li></ul><ul><li>Multimodal freight – strategic locations </li></ul>
  6. 6. International Ports and Crossings Jorge Ramon, Rodolfo Madero, Elizabeth Grindstaff <ul><li>Need to engage Del Rio and Eagle Pass </li></ul><ul><li>Acuña New Bridge #3; research Eagle Pass customs facilities as model/example </li></ul><ul><li>New port in Cd. Acuña under control of Mexican federal gov’t $30M </li></ul><ul><li>UT-TxDOT Border Master Plan focused on border communities only; PTP interests need to be represented </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperation among federal gov’t entities on both sides of border (US/Mexico) </li></ul><ul><li>Engage ports at Mazatlan & other Mexican seaports </li></ul>
  7. 7. Security Tim Vasquez, Harold Dominguez, Jose Faz <ul><li>Name 2 liaisons from Mexico and US to aggregate and provide accurate information regarding security on regular basis </li></ul><ul><li>Include the local media at events and share information and testimonials </li></ul><ul><li>Engage and promote law enforcement efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Provide information to rural communities to garner support; show benefits </li></ul>
  8. 8. Culture & Arts Rogelio Madero, Gil Cisneros, Luke Brame, Rick Weise <ul><li>Create an exchange program </li></ul><ul><li>Art, music, customs, traditions, mores, values, sports, food, heritage </li></ul><ul><li>Existing institutions interchange </li></ul><ul><li>Connection to business </li></ul><ul><li>Business culture and protocol </li></ul>
  9. 9. Education Co-Chairs: Fernando Madero, Phil Nash, Michael Price <ul><li>Census of strengths along corridor </li></ul><ul><li>Align education fields to industries (pertinence) throughout region </li></ul><ul><li>Research programs of distinction at each university (Innovation University-Finland) </li></ul><ul><li>Business should drive education </li></ul><ul><li>Develop regional clusters of education </li></ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurial/commercialization programs </li></ul><ul><li>Partner universities from Tx/Mexico with similar degrees to encourage interchange programs: students, professor, business (dual degree programs) ASU – University of Chihuahua </li></ul>
  10. 10. Awareness Charlotte Farmer, Alvin New, Jorge Ramon, Ty Meighan <ul><li>Need to show economic impact of PTP efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Need to include Chihuahua </li></ul><ul><li>Show how Mexico is impacting global economy; involve American companies (maquiladoras) </li></ul><ul><li>Gather data </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasize economic enhancement for whole region </li></ul><ul><li>Be advocates for economic development </li></ul><ul><li>Healthcare </li></ul>