PLANO (WBAP/KLIF) – Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere joined forces with fellow mayors across the country Wednesday supporting full ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, also known as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) 2.0.
Bilateral trade between North Texas and Canada totals $9.47 billion annually, and between North Texas and Mexico it’s $8.95 billion, according to the Brookings Institution.
“These huge economic figures translate to tens of thousands jobs in our communities,” the mayors said in a joint statement. “More than 950,000 Texas jobs are supported by trade with Mexico and Canada.”
Price and LaRosiliere said Fort Worth and Plano bookend the region, representing one of the country’s fastest growing and most successful metropolitan areas in the country.
“We’ve capitalized on the state’s Open for Business motto that is driving new people and businesses to the region, as well as spurring start-ups and expansions further promoting our economic vitality,” said Mayor LaRosiliere.
The mayors pointed out that there are voices on both sides of the aisle pleading for Congress to take immediate action this month.
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