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New Mexico Economic Development Department names Marco Grajeda director of New Mexico Border Authority

Marco Grajeda

SANTA FE – Marco Grajeda, a public servant with professional and family ties along both sides of the U.S.-Mexico Border, has been appointed to head the New Mexico Border Authority, Economic Development Department Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes said Friday.

Grajeda was born in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico and has lived in El Paso and southern New Mexico. Grajeda, a New Mexico State University graduate, grew up in a bilingual, bicultural household and often travels between the United States and Mexico to visit family and friends and to work.

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The New Mexico Border Authority is an executive agency that facilitates trade, job training and economic development efforts along the New Mexico border and is a division within the Economic Development Department. It also coordinates with the federal government and business partners to improve travel and trade efficiencies at the ports of entry.

“We really want to focus on global trade and develop an ecosystem of businesses along the border that will create jobs and opportunity for New Mexicans,” Keyes said. “Marco has the background and expertise to help businesses that want to grow with imports and exports.”

Grajeda worked as a field representative with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall’s Las Cruces office assisting on a broad range of issues from immigration to foreign trade. In that capacity, Grajeda helped fund construction of the new Columbus Port of Entry and worked to extend hours at the Santa Teresa Port of Entry.

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