Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

New Mexico reviving a historic trade link.

Byline: Diane Velasco Journal Staff Writer

The work of New Mexico's trade office in Ciudad Chihuahua, 280 miles south of Las Cruces, is resulting in almost daily press coverage of the state and border development at Santa Teresa.

Meanwhile, competition is heating up in Mexico between Ciudad Chihuahua and border metropolis Ciudad Juarez for more of New Mexico's business.

The perception of New Mexico is changing from a tourist destination to a serious business partner, said Jorge Ramos, director of commerce for the state of Chihuahua.

The change is reminiscent of the days when Santa Fe and Ciudad Chihuahua were trading partners linked by the Camino Real, he said.

New Mexico's trade office works with Chihuahua state officials in finding Mexican partners for New Mexico companies and in identifying industry clusters the two states can promote together, he said.

"The important thing is that we see each other, New Mexico and Chihuahua, as a region," Ramos said. "That will make a stronger selling point in this global economy."

One recent example of increasing business ties involved Albuquerque businessman Vincent Garcia of Prinova Capital Group. …

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