Border Cities Focus on Economic Growth, Infrastructure Despite Drug War

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Progress in spite of peril? That’s how you can tell that an economy and a country are growing for the better.

PRISCILA MOSQUEDA

Despite the violence plaguing parts of the border, cities are still investing in roads and waste water systems, and now even in solar projects and renewable energy.

Last year the Border Environment Cooperation Commission and the North American Development Bank, sister organizations created under NAFTA nearly 20 years ago, approved a 20-megawatt solar energy park in Picture Rocks, Arizona, which is expected to generate electricity for about 3,500 homes in Tuscon.

On Tuesday, the two agencies announced another round of spending with the approval of six more projects for a total of $180 million in loans and grants.

The projects include the construction or rehabilitation of 15 roadways and six overpasses in Juarez, one of many border towns with limited paved roads. The decision also allows for the financing of two water, wastewater and paving infrastructure projects in Nuevo Laredo that will help reduce pollution and provide more than 1,000…

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