NPT City: At O’Rourke’s breakfast meeting Monday, the architects of change in Juarez
Good meeting coming up at city Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s breakfast meeting Monday.
The speakers are to be Lucinda Vargas, general director, and Miguel Fernandez, president, of Plan Estrategico in Juarez. The plan aims to remake the city, and to coordinate with El Paso. The meeting is at 7 a.m. at the Village Inn Restaurant, 2929 N. Mesa.
For some background, check out this NPT interview with Vargas, or follow the jump for some excerpts and a bio provided by the O’Rourke’s office.
Their mission is to work for “El Juarez que queremos” or the Juarez that we want. Their product is the community of Juarez. They argue that Juarez has never had a strategy to confront its problems.
“What we are living is a consequence of what could have been prevented if we would have had a plan,” Director of Plan Estrategico Lucinda Vargas says.
They expect to work with border associations and expand their plan soon.
“For now, our objective is Juarez, but little by little we will integrate to El Paso as a bi-national community,” she says.
Lucinda VargasCEO Plan Estratégico de Juarez, A.C. Lucinda Vargas is CEO of Plan Estratégico de Juárez,A.C.—a private-sector led, not-for-profit organization aimed at formulating and implementing a long-term development strategy for the city of Juárez, Chihuahua—Mexico’s fifth-largest city. Prior to her current position,Ms. Vargas spent eight years as an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas in El Paso, Texas. Her research focus at the Fed included issues pertaining to the Mexican economy, the maquiladora industry, NAFTA, and the U.S.–Mexico border in general. Before joining the Federal Reserve Bank, Ms.Vargas was Senior Economist and Director of International Services at CIEMEX-WEFA (originally known as Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates, now known as Global Insight), an economic forecasting company based in the Philadelphia area. Ms. Vargas also worked as Research Manager for Grupo Bermúdez Industrial Developers in Juárez, Chihuahua, and has held research positions at the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. and at the University of Texas at El Paso’s Center for Inter-American and Border Studies. She has published articles on various economic topics and has lectured in both Mexico and the United States. Ms. Vargas has a masters degree ineconomics from The Pennsylvania State University and a bachelors degree in economics from The University of Texas at El Paso. She is a native of the U.S.–Mexico border: she was born in El Paso, Texas and raised in Juárez, Chihuahua.