Odessa leaders say Mexico initiative promises economic growth

Odessa leaders say Mexico initiative promises economic growth

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - The oil show has arrived in the Permian Basin, some international visitors are also here to discuss the "Mexico Initiative" with Odessa.

City officials said this would bring thousands of jobs, not dependent on the oil and gas industry.

Odessa leaders said in about two years, the Mexico Initiative will bring international trading, about 20,000 jobs and lots of economic growth.

"We put the buyer which is a local vendor along with a manufacturer which is out of Chihuahua so that they can get their products from them," said Raymond Chavez, Chair of Odessa Hispanic Chamber.

Chavez said this saves local vendors' money and then allow these companies to hire more employees and pay more.

Chavez went on to talk about how important Odessa's relationship with Mexico is, he said an international distributing center in Odessa would bring jobs and growth and estimates the city will need at least two years to prepare.

"It's not going to delete jobs, it's going to increase jobs," said Chavez. "I don't know if we're ready for that part or not because I guesstimate the distribution center will bring about 20,000 jobs."

Chavez said the goal with the Mexico Initiative is to create jobs that are more permanent than those in the oil and gas industry.

"We want permanent fixed people that are going to be here because the jobs are going to be more stable," said Chavez.

Chavez also said growth due to jobs in the oil and gas industry are not always permanent, jobs created from a distribution center would keep more people in the Permian Basin even during an oil bust.

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