Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne will attend the 26th Annual Border Governors Conference in Hollywood, Calif., on Aug. 13-14. This year’s conference will be hosted by California Governor and Chairman of the Border Governors Association, Arnold Schwarzenegger. On Thursday, Secretary Kempthorne will participate in a roundtable with other Federal Cabinet Secretaries from the U.S. and Mexico and the U.S. Mexico Border Governors.
The Border Governors Association comprises leaders of Border States in the U.S. - California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and in Mexico - Baja California, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Sonora, and Tamaulipas. Its annual conference alternates between Mexico and the United States. The ten Border States represent the world’s most important and dynamic binational region - with a joint economy that ranks third in the world.
The Border Governors Conference is the largest binational venue to discuss and resolve some of the most important border issues affecting the United States and Mexico.