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Monday, April 14, 2008*
LBJ Student Lounge
Sid Richardson Hall, Unit 3
Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
The University of Texas at Austin
2315 Red River Street
*Lunch will be served.
The LBJ Alumni Speaker Series will host LBJ alumnus Jorge GarcÚs who will discuss the North American Development Bank (NADB), where he serves as CEO. The NADB was created under a bilateral side agreement of NAFTA to certify and fund US-Mexico border environmental infrastructure. It is the only development bank that can finance projects in the United States.
The talk will discuss how the bank assists border communities to develop and finance affordable, self-sustaining, environmental infrastructure projects with broad support from local communities. Additionally, he will discuss how NADB promotes a comprehensive approach to infrastructure planning and financing, including its grant and loan programs.
On October 16, 2005, Jorge C. Garcés was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the North American Development Bank (NADB), after having served as its Deputy Managing Director since April 2001. NADB is an international financial institution capitalized and governed equally by the United States and Mexico for the purpose of developing infrastructure along the U.S.-Mexico border region.
With more than 30 years experience in dealing with Texas-Mexico issues, he has served in the administrations of four former Texas governors as the staff authority on Texas-Mexico relations and border issues. Prior to joining the NADB, Mr. GarcÚs was the Mexico & Border Affairs Manager for the Office of the Texas Secretary of State, where he assisted the Secretary of State in dealing with Mexico and the border region in matters related to environment, infrastructure, trade, transportation, immigration and health, among other key issues.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He also has a Master of Public Affairs degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, from which he received the 2005 Distinguished Public Service Award.