ODESSA, TX (KWES) - A major step for border relations has been taken. It all became official Thursday afternoon in Odessa.
Mayor David Turner and Mexican leaders signed a new partnership this afternoon at UTPB.
The partnership is called the Tri- City Sister Agreement.
Mexican and American leaders have been pushing to make the agreement happen for years.
City officials of Odessa say the agreement will open doors to new trade opportunities and make a statement impacting more than just economic development.
"It does make a statement," Odessa Deputy City Manager Michael Marreo said. "And that statement is Odessa, specifically, and the state of Texas and the states of Chihuahua and Sinaloa are anxious to work with one another, to explore trade opportunities in both countries and to bring economic development for both countries."
Officials say the new partnership goes beyond just trade. They hope to see the cross-border sisterhood leading to growth in education and culture.
Odessa city officials say our unique blend of cultures in West Texas makes us the ideal American city to lead the way with this kind of agreement.