EVANS TO TAKE PART IN START-UP OF REGIONAL PLANNING INITIATIVE

EVANS TO TAKE PART IN START-UP OF REGIONAL PLANNING INITIATIVE

Doña Ana County Commission Chairman D. Kent Evans will be among several regional public dignitaries who will sign a precedent-setting Regional Planning Proclamation at a signing ceremony scheduled Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002 at 7 p.m. at the El Paso Museum of Art, 1 Arts Festival Plaza, in El Paso.

The signing ceremony is the highlight event for the opening reception of the American Planning Association conference co-hosted by the Texas and New Mexico Chapters of the APA from Oct. 2-5, 200,2 at the Camino Real Hotel in downtown El Paso.

The proclamation goals are aimed at: promoting bi-national regional planning strategies; improving the level of regional communication and cooperation; seeking programs and projects intended for improving services; and fostering partnerships for strengthening initiatives. To demonstrate the synergy and importance of regional planning, the following public leaders, in addition to Evans, will participate in the signing event: Dolores Briones, El Paso County Judge; Art Franco, Mayor of Anthony, Texas; Charles Gonzalez, Mayor of Clint, Texas; Jesus Alfredo Delgado, Presidente Municipal of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico; Raymond C. Caballero, Mayor of El Paso; Pat Randleel, Mayor of Horizon City, Texas; Ruben A. Smith, Mayor of Las Cruces; Irma Sanchez, Mayor of Socorro, Texas; Jesus Ruben Segura, Mayor of Sunland Park, N.M.; and Antonio Castro, Sr., Mayor of Vinton, Texas.

The conference opening reception will welcome more than 300 participants. Conference attendees will include planning professionals from counties and municipalities in three states and two countries, as well as guest speakers from throughout the world.

The APA, a nonprofit research organization, represents more than 30,000 practicing planners, officials and citizens involved with urban and rural planning issues. Represented by approximately 46 regional chapters and 17 divisions, the APA is devoted to education and advocacy on planning principles at all levels of government. Delegates will participate from across the region to share information regarding transportation, environmental concerns, economic development and sustainable growth.

For more information about the opening reception or conference registration, contact Veronica Rosales at (915) 541-4633, Rudy Mata at (915) 544-9997 or David Holguin at (915) 532-0066.