Hickenlooper taking 40 people to Mexico on eco-devo trip

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Gov. John Hickenlooper was heckled at a DU fracking debate Monday.

Gov. John Hickenlooper was heckled at a DU fracking debate Monday.

DENVER — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will lead a group of 40 people on an economic development mission to Mexico City next week, his office announced Wednesday.

The group, which includes Mayor Michael Hancock’s Chief of Staff, Janice Sinden, and a number of powerful business and civic leaders, leaves Denver Sunday and returns next Wednesday.

While in Mexico City, the delegation will meet with current and potential buyers of Colorado products, according to a press release from Hickenlooper’s office.

They will also tour Mexico’s main agricultural distribution market, meet with government officials to discuss bilateral trade agreements and explore how Colorado can help with Mexico’s renewable energy needs.

Members of Hickenlooper’s cabinet making the trip include Agriculture Commissioner John Salazar and Ken Lund, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT); and their expenses are covered by a federal grant.

Hancock’s administration is also sending Deputy Manager of Aviation Eric Hiraga.

Representatives of Colorado Beef Council, the Colorado Cattleman’s Association, the Colorado Corn Growers Association, the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee, the Colorado Livestock Association and the Colorado Farm Bureau will also be making the trip.

Abaseh Miravali and Daniela Chacon from Biennial of the Americas will be part of the delegation as well; along with Chamber of the Americas CEO Gil Cisneros and Andres Chao, the Consul General of Mexico in Denver.

And several members of the private sector are paying their own way on the trip.

FOX31 Denver has learned that list includes: Loren Losh, CEO of Bio2 Solutions, a sustainable wastewater management company; Michael Martin of ConAgra foods; Rick Pederson, the president of Foundation Properties, a real estate investment firm; Salvador Hernandez with JBS USA, a beef and pork processing company; Avram Saunders, CEO of Lightning Eliminators; Pam Reichert, executive vice president of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation; Erin Trapp, Vice President of Advancement and External Relations for Metro State College of Denver; Amy Harmon, the founder of Urban Market Planners, Bashir Bataille, International Sales Manager for Geotech Environmental Equipment; former statehouse Speaker Terrance Carroll, an attorney at the law firm of Greenberg Traurig; Mario Hernandez, director of public affairs for Western Union; Cindy Haren, CEO of the Western Dairy Association; and Gerardo Ramirez and Hach Karina Ilizaliturri with Hach Company, a manufacturer and distributor of lab instruments.

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