26 May 2022

Historic Binational Park Workshop

Gene Lindgren, President and CEO of the Laredo Economic Development Corporation, was honored to participate as a member of the working committee in a historic first joint City of Laredo / Webb County workshop as government and private sector leaders met at Laredo College’s main campus on Thursday, May 26th. 

Speakers included U.S. Consul General to Mexico Deanna Kim and IBC Bank Executive Vice President Gerry Schwebel, and presentations given by representatives of the city of Nuevo Laredo, architect firms Overland Partners and Able City, San Antonio River Authority Executive Director Stephen Graham, and River Network representative Diana Toledo. 

The community leaders learned more details about the benefits of the binational park in the areas of quality of life, security, economic development, and environment. 

The second half of the workshop discussed lessons learned and best practices from the San Antonio experience, the importance of establishing a river authority and a 501c3 foundation, identified several potential funding sources and status, and identified next steps including developing and signing an MOU between the City of Laredo, County of Webb, and Municipality of Nuevo Laredo.