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Integrating Environmental Solutions for the US-Mexico Border 
General Event Information
Event Category:
Meetings & Conventions
$15.00 meal for members, $20.00 for non-members and $10.00 for students  
Dates and Times:
June 17, 11:45AM-1:00PM
The Rio Grande Economics Association, a chapter of the National Association for Business Economics, presents “Integrating Environmental Solutions for the US-Mexico Border," delivered by
Maria Elena Giner, General Manager, Border Environment Cooperation Commission.

RSVP Deadline: Noon, Thursday June 12

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) and the North American Development Bank (NADB), which were established by the U.S. and Mexican governments in the context of the negotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), for the purpose of enhancing the environmental conditions and the quality of life of people living along the U.S.-Mexico border. Since 1994, BECC has certified 234 projects and NADB has provided more than US$2.25 billion in loans and grants to finance 192 of those projects, which are benefitting almost 15 million residents in communities on both sides of the border. In addition, both institutions have provided US$66 million in technical assistance to support the development of projects in 165 communities. BECC General Manager Maria Elena Giner will present a summary of the results and accomplishments of the past two decades and discuss what the future holds for both organizations.

General Manager of the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) since October 2010, Ms. Giner is a Civil Engineer with more than 20 years of experience in the private and public sectors focusing on development and implementation of environmental infrastructure projects. She has also held the positions of Project Manager, Director of Technical Assistance, Director of Operations and Deputy General Manager at BECC. Prior to joining BECC, Ms. Giner served in several positions at the California Department of Transportation, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and Carollo Engineers, a private consulting firm.

About The Rio Grande Economics Association
The RGEA is a community of academic and professional economists, teachers, government and business people that promotes the study of economic issues relevant to the border region and is an affiliate chapter of the National Association of Business Economists (NABE).

If you plan to attend the May meeting you must register by 12 p.m. on Thursday, June 12 so your name can be placed on the attendance list. You may reply to or phone your reservation to George Novela at 915-543-4189. Be sure to include any dietary requirements in your response. Cancellations after 12 p.m. the day before a meeting and no shows the day of the event will be invoiced.

You need not be a member of The Rio Grande Economics Association to attend. Meetings are open to all however members do pay reduced meeting fees and receive e-mail notices before nonmembers, ensuring that they have a better chance of registering before an event is sold out. Membership is only $25 for the 2014 program year and you may join the RGEA at any meeting. If you have any questions about the organization, please send an email to
Venue Information
300 Main St.  
El Paso 
Zip Code:
United States 
915 –887- 2600 
Venue Map:
Presenting Organization
George Novela, Rio Grande Economics Association