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Update from Mexico

Editor’s Note: Bridget Lopez, Linebarger Goggan’s Dallas Managing Partner, is now in the fourth and final day of a trade mission to Mexico that she joined as a member of the DFW Airport Board of Directors. Her earlier dispatch from that mission is here. Recently she updated us.

One of the highlights of the trip came Tuesday when I joined Mayor Mike Rawlings of Dallas and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price in a meeting with Miquel Mancera, the current Mayor of Mexico City.  It was a very productive conversation in which we discussed numerous opportunities to strengthen the already rewarding economic and personal relationship between the DFW region and Mexico.

It was a surreal moment in my trip as I was able to meet the Mexican political legend Cuauhtemoc Cardenas, who served as the first Mexico City Mayor (as leadership responsibilities for the city were previously vested in the President of the Republic). As a young law student in a legal exchange program we attended a political rally for him as he pursued that elected position in 1997.

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Top Left: Dallas Managing Partner Bridget Lopez with Mexico City Mayor Miguel Mancera

Top Right: Dallas Managing Partner Bridget Lopez meets former Mexico City Mayor Cuauhtemoc Cardenas

Bottom: DFW Trade Mission Team meets with Mexico City Mayor Miguel Mancera

As you might expect, one of the issues that has come up time and time again during our visit here has been the U.S. Presidential campaign. This is not only because our neighbor to the south always takes great interest in U.S. national politics, but because of the potential impact of the race on cross-border business and cultural relations. The Dallas Morning News caught up with Mayors Rawlings and Price as they discussed that very issue during a visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

In all, this trip has been an outstanding one and I feel privileged to have been part of it. One more day and headed home on Thursday!

Bridget Lopez