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Regional Administrator Cox presents at NALEO Conference
On June 26, Regional Administrator Ruth Cox gave a presentation about GSA’s Land Ports of Entry (LPOE) program to a packed conference room at the National Association of Latino Elected Officials Conference in San Diego. The breakout session was entitled “U.S. and Mexico Bi-National Issues: Exploring Challenges and Opportunities Together” and featured other panel experts including the Mexican Consul General for San Diego, Remedios Gomez Arnau, and former California State Senator, Denise Moreno Ducheny.
With 44 border stations along the U.S. - Mexico border and over $500 billion in annual trade, Mexico is the second largest market for U.S. exports. In her presentation, Ms. Cox explained the importance of LPOEs and the critical role they play in the U.S. economy as gateways of commerce, culture and people. “The United States and Mexico share more than just a physical border. Our land ports of entry play a vital role in not only the security of our nation but also in facilitating economic trade and prosperity, cultural exchange, and connecting families and binational communities,” said Cox. She highlighted the significant amount of binational coordination required to expand and improve infrastructure at our nation’s borders.
GSA briefs San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
Regional Administrator Ruth Cox and Land Port of Entry (LPOE) Program Manager Anthony Kleppe were invited to brief the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce on June 26. In attendance were approximately 40 representatives from various trade groups, chambers of commerce and business organizations interested in GSA’s regional LPOE program and ongoing construction and expansion projects. The event was moderated by Jerry Sanders, the current President and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.
In their presentation, Ms. Cox and Mr. Kleppe updated stakeholders on the construction progress at the San Ysidro LPOE, which is currently undergoing a multi-phase $740 million complete expansion and realignment project. Having recently received funding for Phase III of the project, GSA is conducting stakeholder outreach to raise awareness of its plans for this next phase which includes the permanent realignment of the Interstate 5 South freeway to the Mexican inspection station, El Chaparral. GSA is also collaborating with local, state and federal government agencies to construct a multimodal transit center on the west side of the port in support of a new bidirectional pedestrian crossing. Additionally, GSA spoke about the Calexico West LPOE expansion and renovation project, which has been included in the President’s fiscal year 2015 budget and will include 10 new northbound privately owned vehicle primary inspection lanes, secondary inspection area, headhouse as well as a new southbound roadway and bridge.
New U.S. Courthouse in Bakersfield earns LEED® Gold
The new U.S. Courthouse in Bakersfield, Calif., targeted for a minimum Silver rating, earned LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council last week. Design features such as abundant access to natural light and strategic placement of photovoltaic cells contributed to the overall rating. Sustainable materials, sourced from the local area, and the selection of water-efficient landscaping added up more points toward the higher designation. Finally, the building’s strategic orientation of the west facade to maximize views and light while reducing solar heat gain pushed the total score to the Gold level. The building, constructed to house the Magistrate Court, opened in July 2012 and has won prestigious design and construction awards.